Kanye West is apparently up on the fact that US presidential campaigns have been starting earlier with each cycle, so he got the jump on other contenders by announcing his candidacy for the highest office in the land at the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night…for the election in 2020.
West made the announcement at the end of a bizarre and rambling acceptance speech at the awards after being given the “Video Vanguard” award, a kind of lifetime achievement honor.
Bafflingly, the controversial rapper’s declaration came moments after he also declared “I’m not no politician, bruh.”
Nonetheless, the news of West’s long-term political ambitions quickly swept around Twitter, where another controversial outsider candidate, Donald Trump, was quick to weigh in:
“What experience does he have? None.” tweeted the Republican frontrunner.
Ah, but many of the millennials — the 38-year-old West (putting him pretty firmly in Gen X) declared himself one in his speech — seem ready to mount a vigorous campaign for West. Or, if not a full-blown campaign, a whole lot of retweets and some pretty sweet memes.
The Twitter account for Beats By Dre, which itself is now “by <a href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnet.com%2Fnews%2Fapple-stands-by-dre-after-apology-for-hurting-women%2F%22%3EApple%3C%2Fa%3E%2C" helped kicked off a hashtag to get things started:
And then it was off to the races, starting with the predictable parody accounts:
Twitter screenshot by Eric Mack/CNET
And others that offered a glimpse of the future of politics in America that is both awesome and terrifying simultaneously:
Of course, Kanye actually has a few years to file his papers and kick off an actual presidential campaign, but he’s already got a big head start on President Obama and all the 2016 presidential candidates in one metric — he’s got almost three times more Twitter followers than any of of them, despite the fact that he only follows his wife, Kim Kardashian.
What West’s followers might mean for an actual Kanye candidacy remains hard to say, but it seems he already has a good head start at claiming Trump’s crown as the reigning king of the campaign meme generation.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments if you’d consider supporting a Kanye West presidential run in 2016 or 2020. And more importantly, who would be his ideal running mate? Despite their likely ideological differences, a West/Eastwood ticket has a certain ring…