Kanye Can’t Run for President in 2020 – Here’s Why


Kanye West announced he’s running for president of the United States in the 2020 election.

Kanye for President? Elon Musk Pledges His Support

Wife Kim Kardashian West retweeted his statement, which came on the patriotic Fourth of July holiday, along with an American flag emoji. Meanwhile, Elon Musk responded with, “You have my full support!”

Of course, Musk’s “support” comes after the two were pictured together recently. Kanye tweeted the pic, saying, “When you go to your boys house and you’re both wearing orange.”

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Okay, so I guess if he really wants to run for president, there’s technically nothing stopping him. However, the rapper hasn’t actually taken any steps toward the process, so it doesn’t look like he’s actually serious about heading to the White House.

Kanye Hasn’t Taken Any Real Steps So Far to Run

The 2020 election is only four short months away. Kanye hasn’t even registered with the Federal Election Commission, presented a campaign platform, or collected enough signatures to get on the November ballot.

Unfortunately, Kanye has also missed many deadlines to file as an independent candidate in many states.

He wouldn’t be eligible to appear on the ballots in Indiana, Maine, North Carolina, New Mexico, or Texas. New York recently modified its deadline, though, and now all independent petitions have to be filed July 27 through July 30.

On top of that, the process of getting on individual ballots can be complicated, and it varies by state.

In Arizona, candidates have to get a number of signatures that equals 3 percent of all registered voters in the state. Michigan requires candidates to acquire 30,000 signatures. At least 100 of them have to come from at least half the state’s congressional districts.

At least in Colorado, Kanye could just pay $1,000 to avoid collecting 5,000 signatures.

There’s no hard deadline for Kanye to file with the Federal Election Commission, but he still hasn’t done it yet. And even if he thought he was going to run as a write-in candidate, the votes likely wouldn’t count anyway. Write-in candidates still have to file paperwork ahead of election day in order to be considered official candidates.

Kanye’s Been Talking About Running for President for Years

All in all, I think Kanye just got wrapped up in the Independence Day spirit this year.

It’s worth noting, though, that this isn’t the first time Kanye has talked about running for US president.

He first said he would run for president at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, after receiving the Video Vanguard Award from Taylor Swift.

During a May 2018 interview with Charlamagne tha God, Kanye talked about it again. Kanye said that if he were to run, his platform would be “the Trump campaign and maybe the Bernie Sanders principles. That would be my mix.”

And most recently, in November 2019, Kanye talked about his plans to run for president in 2024.

Speaking at Fast Company‘s Innovation Festival, Kanye was met with laughter when he said, “When I run for president in 2024.”

He responded with, “What y’all laughing at?”

Kanye added that he would create “so many jobs,” and added, “I’m not going to run, I’m going to walk.”