(TMU) – For all those Americans who complained about the fact that we only have two old white men to vote for, it appears that two other unlikely options could maybe be shaping up.
On July 4, U.S. Independence Day, eccentric rapper Kanye West made an unexpected announcement on Twitter that he would be “running for president of the United States.” While the declaration led to a wave of media coverage (and plenty of snarky responses on social media), few took the announcement seriously – although Kanye’s friend, the equally eccentric billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, pledged his “full support.”
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
— ye (@kanyewest) July 5, 2020
And now, it appears that some voices in the wacky world of the Twitterverse are seeking to enlist pop star Taylor Swift as a potential competitor against “Ye.”
“How about Taylor Swift as the president and Selena Gomez as vice president? #kanye2020,” one fan wrote on the social media platoorm.
While another added: “If Kanye is running for president can Taylor Swift please also run for president? @taylorswift13 WE NEED YOU RIGHT NOW.”
The idea seems just as much a product of the two mega-stars’ sharply differing politics in the Trump era as it may be a question of their famous personal clashes, as one user highlighted when they commented: “If Kanye gets elected as president, I want Taylor Swift to gate crash his first speech and say something like, ‘Yo Kanye, I’m happy for you, imma let you finish but I think Beyoncé deserves to be president instead.’”
The tweet was a reference to the infamous moment during the 2009 VMAs when Kanye jumped onstage and interrupted Swift’s acceptance speech for “Best Female Video” to announce that “Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time.”
Kanye West’s political evolution has been among the stranger public spectacles in recent years.
The rapper skyrocketed into the public consciousness of many non-rap fans in 2005, when he blasted then-President George W. Bush for his response to Hurricane Katrina, claiming the Republican leader “doesn’t care about Black people.”
Over 12 years and tens of billions of dollars later in April 2018, Kanye himself was being quote-tweeted by no less a figure than President Donald Trump, who himself called African and other nations of the Global South “sh*thole countries,” among other racially insensitive quotables from the current president, who will be contending to retain the presidency in the coming November election.
“We are both dragon energy,” Kanye wrote. “He is my brother. I love everyone. I don’t agree with everything anyone does. That’s what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought.”
You don't have to agree with trump but the mob can't make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don't agree with everything anyone does. That's what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought.
— ye (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018
“I don’t agree with everything Trump does,” West said in another tweet. “I don’t agree 100% with anyone but myself.”
A few weeks later, Kanye outraged audiences when he told entertainment tabloid TMZ that slavery was “a choice” made by Black people, who were violently taken from their African motherland and forced to toil under genocidal institutions of chattel slavery and forced labor in the Americas.
However, in May 2018 he told Charlamagne tha God on the radio show “The Breakfast Club” that he could see himself running on a platform that might be “the Trump campaign and maybe the Bernie Sanders principles. That would be my mix.”
Taylor Swift, on the other hand, has made a far different political metamorphosis during the past few years.
In 2016, many among the neo-fascist and white supremacist “alt-Right” subculture sought to depict the blonde-haired, green-eyed white artist as an “Aryan goddess,” effectively spreading the insinuation that the one-time teen idol was herself a covert ****.
However, Swift has since made several statements denouncing racism and throwing her support behind Black Lives Matter and the broader movement against systemic racism. In June, she tweeted that “racial injustice has been ingrained deeply into local and state governments, and changes MUST be made there.”
Racial injustice has been ingrained deeply into local and state governments, and changes MUST be made there. In order for policies to change, we need to elect people who will fight against police brutality and racism of any kind. #BlackLivesMatter
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) June 9, 2020
However, it appears that the desires of the “Swifties” – which Taylor Swift herself has not even dignified with a response – may be just as unrealistic as Kanye’s proclaimed political ambitions.
As CNN explained, Kanye hasn’t even registered with the Federal Election Commission, presented a platform for his alleged “campaign,” collected enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot, or even met the deadline to file as an independent candidate in many states.
So it appears that Ye might be simply hogging the limelight for the sake of getting attention and perhaps trolling, and he has no plan yet to retire his red MAGA cap.
If he does one day decide to throw his hat into the political ring, he may face his old unlikely rival Taylor Swift once again.
Arguably stranger things have happened in U.S. politics, after all!