As if 2020 couldn’t get any more stressful.
Just when it seemed Trump’s impossible incompetence in handling the coronavirus pandemic (and virtually all other aspects of American life,) might have cleared the path for a Joe Biden presidency, Kanye West decided there was no better time to upend any prospect of a return to half-stable leadership.
Taking to Twitter on the 4th of July, West announced he was bumping up his bid for the nation’s highest seat by entering this year’s shitstorm of a presidential race. “We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future,” said West in his announcement, capping the tweet with #2020VISION (presumably the campaign slogan.)
Saturday’s announcement isn’t the first time West has threatened to derail a presidential election. The Chicago rapper has been bouncing between prospective campaign years for much of the last decade. Initially teased at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2015, West has thrown out both 2024 and 2020 as years in which he intended to run. But now it appears he’s settled on one and there couldn’t be a worse scan of the room. Should he actually make the ticket (as an Independent?) West’s presence on a ballot is projected to siphon votes from Biden’s pool of prospective supporters.
It should be noted, however, that it’s also entirely possible that West is simply staging another spectacle to bolster his non-political ambitions. Earlier this week, the rapper released the new song “Wash Us In The Blood” with Travis Scott and announced a partnership between his Yeezy line and The Gap. Here’s hoping it’s all ploy. Unfortunately, we’ll just have to wait and see.