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Kanye West announces that he’s running for president … and Elon Musk says the rapper has his vote

Kanye West has announced he is running for president of the United States, just four months before election day. 

The 21-time Grammy winner celebrated Independence Day by revealing his plans on Twitter, tweeting Saturday: ‘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 rapper has sparked speculation over the years that he would potentially enter the presidential race one day, most recently in November, when he said he planned to run in 2024. 

West’s announcement was met with with mixed reactions of skepticism and excitement, as online bookmakers cut his odds of winning the election from 500/1 to 50/1. 

The new odds indicate his implied probability of winning the election has increased from 0.2 percent to two percent. 

West’s odds are still well behind those of the two current frontrunners, with incumbent Republican President Donald Trump at seven to four and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden at eight to 11, according to OddsChecker.com.

It is unclear if West has filed any official paperwork to appear on state election ballots this year – or which political party he would be running for.

While there is no official deadline to enter the presidential race, candidates must meet certain filing requirements under Ballot Access Laws that vary by state. 

The deadline to add independent candidates to the ballot has not yet passed in many states, including California. 

Saturday’s announcement, which came amid Fourth of July celebrations and protests across the country, immediately caused a stir on social media. 

Eccentric billionaire Elon Musk was among the first to endorse the rapper and sparked rumors that he could be Ye’s running mate after replying: ‘You have my full support!’ 

Earlier this week West had visited the Tesla founder and posted a photo on Twitter from their possible meeting of minds.

Several fans replied to the announcement, proposing: ‘and can @elonmusk be your VP?’ 

Wife Kim Kardashian had little to say immediately after the news broke, but showed her support for her husband by tweeting an American Flag emoji in response. 

Kanye’s tweet was met mostly with skepticism, one user referencing his infamous snub of Taylor Swift at the 2009 VMAs: ‘Imma let you finish but no.’ 

‘Is this a ploy to try and get trump re-elected,’ another follower wrote, accusing him to try and split the vote in Trump’s favor.  

Some theorized the move could be just a publicity stunt to help promote a new line of shoes or an upcoming album.

‘I feverishly hope [that] this just a publicity stunt for new album because … No! Don’t you dare 2020, don’t even think about it, you’ve done enough for one year …Kanye stay home,’ one user said. 

West did not provide further details on his campaign or his party affiliation with his announcement, both he and Musk have thrown their support behind Trump in the past. 

Back in May, Musk thanked Trump for suggesting on Twitter that the Tesla plant in California should be allowed to remain open amid the COVID-19 pandemic.   

In October 2018, Kanye infamously revealed his support for Donald Trump following a bizarre Twitter rant that sparked concerns for the rapper’s mental state.

Soon after, he paid a visit to Donald Trump himself at the White House, wearing the president’s trademark MAGA hat and delivered a rambling, profanity-laden speech in which he discussed alternate universes and his diagnosis of bipolar disorder, which he said was actually sleep deprivation. 

Speaking to a crowd of reporters in the Oval Office he said the hat was like a Superman cape and said that Trump made him a billionaire.  

Kanye also joked about running for president in 2024 during the visit – an idea he would later confirm during an appearance at the annual Fast Company Innovation Festival in New York City last November.

West had been promoting his new line of biodegradable shoes at the event before casually mentioning to the crowd he was running for president in 2024, prompting laughter from the audience. 

Reality star-turned-activist Kim Kardashian West would be no stranger to the White House either, having met with President Trump on more than one occasion lobbying for criminal justice reform. 

Kim appeared to endorse her husband’s claim he was running for the presidency but retweeting his post with an emoji of the US flag.  

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