Billionaire rapper Kanye West announces U.S. presidential bid on Twitter

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American rapper Kanye West, a vocal supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump, announced on Saturday that he would run for president in 2020 in an apparent challenge to Trump and his presumptive Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.

“We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision, and building our future. I am running for president of the United States,” West wrote in a Twitter post, adding an American flag emoji and the hashtag “#2020VISION”.

It was not immediately clear if West was serious about vying for the presidency four months before the Nov. 3 election or if he had filed any official paperwork to appear on state election ballots.

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The announcement, nevertheless, caused ripples on social media. Many including his famous wife Kim Kardashian West retweeted Sir Ye’s tweet.

Reacting to the news, Kardashian just added an emoji of the American flag while retweeting. She also shared the tweet as a screenshot on her Instagram “stories”.

Elon Musk, the chief executive of electric-car maker Tesla and another celebrity known for eccentric outbursts, endorsed West’s Twitter post: “You have my full support!” he wrote.


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