Akon 'very seriously' weighing 2020 Trump challenge
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Akon says he’s considering a 2020 White House run against President TrumpDonald John TrumpRouhani says Iran will never seek nuclear weapons Trump downplays seriousness of injuries in Iran attack after US soldiers treated for concussions Trump says Bloomberg is 'wasting his money' on 2020 campaign MORE.

“I've been thinking about running for 2020 very seriously,” the “Smack That” singer told Newsweek in a recent interview. “But I didn't want to just do it because I feel like I want to continue doing what I'm doing and hope that builds me enough momentum [for people] to say, ‘You know what, if you run we'll support you.’”


The AKoin cryptocurrency founder and 45-year-old entertainer was born in Missouri, but grew up in Senegal.

Asked how he feels about “Trump’s America” given the administration’s views on immigration, Akon, who was born Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam, replied: “I feel a lot more unsafe. I feel unempowered. Honestly, I feel it's gonna be a fight. I feel like I should be always prepared for the unexpected.”

“I feel very uncomfortable,” he added. “And I feel a lot of Americans do; even some white Americans feel that way because they're watching backlash of his decisions. It's not what's happening now, because it's clear it's creating a whole bunch of divide today. But I think tomorrow that impact is going to be so much more devastating.”

Under former President Obama, Akon said, “you had blacks, whites, Hispanics, everybody working together. We really came a long way to get people to come together, and look at each other as humans, and work towards a common cause.”

“And now it seems like everything that was done is being undone, with gangs and race groups reemerging. It's just horrible.”

It's not the first time Akon's flirted with a potential presidential bid. The Grammy Award winner railed against Trump in a June interview with Variety, saying he was "personally disappointed" in the commander in chief.

"There’s no compassion, no love for the everyday person outside of his base, and even the base, I don’t think they’re happy with what’s happening," Akon said at the time.

"At first, I used to always tell myself that I would never do it," Akon said, referring to a run for president. "But now I’m starting to realize through experience that the only way to make change is to be in it."