Kanye West 2020 presidential campaign
Kanye West announced his 2020 United States presidential election campaign through Twitter on July 4, 2020, Independence Day. He entered the election after missing at least six states’ deadlines to appear on the ballot as a third-party candidate. West selected Michelle Tidball, a Christian preacher from Wyoming, as his running mate. He suspended his campaign the morning after Election Day, after receiving over 60,000 votes in the 12 states where he had ballot access.
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Kanye West announced his 2020 United States presidential election campaign through Twitter on July 4, 2020, Independence Day. He entered the election after missing at least six states’ deadlines to appear on the ballot as a third-party candidate. West selected Michelle Tidball, a Christian preacher from Wyoming, as his running mate. West’s platform advocated for the creation of a culture of life, endorsing environmental stewardship, supporting the arts, buttressing faith-based organizations, restoring school prayer, and providing for a strong national defense. West qualified for ballot access in 12 states. He suspended his campaign the morning after Election Day, after receiving over 60,000 votes in the 12 states where he had ballot access. West expressed interest in running for president in 2024 on the same day. West became popular with conservatives and the alt-right after he publicly supported American conservative pundit Candace Owens, alienating himself from his usual liberal fanbase. In an October 2019 interview with New Zealand radio host Zane Lowe, West declared that he would one day be the U.S. president. In January 2020, West told GQ that he will be voting during the election cycle and that he’m voting on January 20. In November 2019, an audience laughed when West stated that he’d run for President in 2024. He stated that manufacturing for his Yeezy brand would move to the United States, adding that “we would’ve created so many jobs that I’m not going to run. I’m going to walk.’’ In November 2018, West met with Trump at the Oval Office where he gave praise to the president.
That same month, West announced he would be taking a break from politics after a falling out with Owens. Various sources questioned whether West was truly running for President as his announcement came after filing deadlines to run for president or not, as he did not have registered with the Federal Election Commission. He also missed at least four deadline to appear as an independent candidate, and also missed the deadlines of a further 29 states, plus the District of Columbia. West additionally appeared on the California ballot, as Rocky De La Fuente’s running mate, under the American Independent Party, something neither of the two had consented to. West urged his followers on Twitter to vote for him as a write-in instead. He started laughing hysterically at the thought of including a presidential announcement in his acceptance speech, along with disparaging remarks about award shows. The idea for his campaign occurred when he was offered the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. In December 2015, he mentioned his presidential run on his song \”Facts\”. In November 2016, he announced that he supported U. S. president Donald Trump, though he added, “Now, maybe in a few years I will have to run against him, I don’t know. So I’ll take that back’”. On December 13, 2016, West meeting with then President-elect Trump and Ivanka Trump, After meeting with Trump, West implied that he Would be running in 2024 instead.