Kanye West to run for US president in 2020
The controversial American rapper announced his decision on Twitter
American rapper Kanye West has announced on Twitter that he is running for US president in 2020 election that set to take place in November.
Taking to Twitter on Saturday, West wrote: "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... #2020VISION."
The CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, in a reply to Kanye's tweet, wrote, "You have my full support." On the other hand, his wife TV star Kim Kardashian tweeted out an American flag emoji in response to her husband's tweet.
It was not immediately clear which party the 21-time Grammy winner would pick in his apparent challenge to President Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
The rapper has sparked speculation over the years that he would potentially enter the presidential race one day, most recently in November 2019, when he said he planned to run in 2024, said a Daily Mail report on Sunday.
With just Trump and Biden in the race as of now, opinion polls have shown the former Vice President with an almost double-digit lead over the incumbent President as the November 3 election looms.
A poll published on June 26 indicated that Trump's approval ratings were at their worst level (40 per cent) following protests against police brutality in the US and amid a surge in coronavirus cases in the country.
A record 58 per cent of voters disapprove of the job Trump's doing at the White House, according to a new survey conducted by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion together with the National Public Radio and PBS NewsHour.