Kanye West had first declared he was going to run for office during his acceptance speech for the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2015 Video Music Awards. “I don’t know what I stand to lose after this, it doesn’t matter though, because it ain’t about me, it’s about new ideas, bro, new ideas. People with ideas, people who believe in truth,” he said at the time. “And yes, as you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president.”
Kanye’s Presidential Journey Begins:
While admitting he didn’t vote in the 2016 election, he went on to express his love for President Donald Trump, while his wife Kim Kardashian-West publicly supported Hillary Clinton. Two years later, West tweeted that he was throwing his hat in the race for the 2020 election against Trump and Joe Biden.
“Kanye has been planning this for years and Kim has known about his aspirations and has been supportive, Kanye is passionate about arts and education and wants to support in any way he can.” Although his campaign has been filled with a bunch of controversies, shocking public appearances, and corruption with votes Kanye is still continuing his 2020 presidential in desires of attaining a seat in the White House.
Even with this much confidence, Kanye may be associating with an uphill battle ahead of him according to a new outlook of votes that shows he is definitely not presidential pick among Black voters.
What Problems has Kanye Run into?
According to the Instagram account Politico, after conducting a new Politico/Morning Consult poll, Kanye West only received a 2% among registered African-American voters. While also receiving a 2% overall vote for all voters- which is 7 points behind the “no opinion” option. Meanwhile Joe Biden’s 9-point national lead over Trump unchanged regardless of Kanye being on the ballot or not.
Even with troubles like this, Kanye does in fact have many supporters. Additional polls revealed that Mr. West is the most popular presidential candidate with Gen Z. This gives Kanye a huge advantage due to most of Gen Z being able to participate in their first vote this September.