Kanye WestKanye Omari WestBarrier-breaking fashion designer Virgil Abloh dies of cancer of 41 Ye's Yeezy Apparel to pay nearly M in consumer protection case Grammys release 'inclusion rider' details to enhance diversity MORE is no stranger to shocking MTV Video Music Awards appearances, but his speech during Sunday night's 2015 VMAs took a wildly unexpected turn when the rapper announced his intention to run for president of the United States.
Wrapping up an off-the-cuff and sometimes-rambling speech while accepting the Video Vanguard award at the music channel’s annual show, West said to cheers from the crowd, “I have decided in 2020 to run for president.”
Earlier in his remarks, West had declared, “I’m not a politician, bro.” Shortly after West, 38, left the stage, Miley Cyrus, who played host for the outrageous MTV shindig, declared, “You got to bring politics to this kind of show.”
“Trump, you had my vote,” the 22-year-old singer said with a wide grin of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. “But now, Kanye West for president!”
It’s not the first time West has taken a dip in the political world.
The “Yeezus” rapper and wife Kim Kardashian were photographed earlier this month at a fundraiser for 2016 Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.
Last year, West told his more than 14 million Twitter followers he was supporting “the Democratic ticket” in the midterm elections.
You’re welcome. pic.twitter.com/zTkPjc93Bl— Mark Di Stefano (@MarkDiStef) August 31, 2015
VOTE KANYE pic.twitter.com/yOsPaqQ3Iv— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) August 31, 2015
Wonder if @HuffPost will cover Kanye’s presidential run in the politics or entertainment section— Peter Bukowski (@BukoTime) August 31, 2015