Donald Trump has gone from reality television to the White House. Many celebrities have been angry about the news, but there are some that are inspired to run for president in 2020. So who might be on the ballot? Here are 13 celebrities who might run for president in the next election.
1. Kanye West
The rapper has been pretty outspoken throughout his career, comparing himself to God and saying that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” on live television. It has been quite a while since he talked about politics however, so it was very shocking when he announced he was running for president at the 2015 MTV VMAs.
If my grandfather was here right now he would not let me back down! I don’t know I’m fittin’ to lose after this. It don’t matter though, cuz it ain’t about me. It’s about ideas, bro. New ideas. People with ideas. People who believe in truth. And yes, as you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president.
He has since been quiet on the matter, but now that Trump won the election, he went back to talking about it. Weirdly enough, West admitted that he’s not really into politics, but he does want to make a difference and this would be a way to do that.
“When I talk about the idea of being president, I’m not saying I have any political views,” he said on BBC radio. “I don’t have views on politics, I just have a view on humanity, on people, on the [the] truth. If there is anything that I can do with my time to somehow make a difference while I’m still alive, I’m all for it.”
2. Chris Rock
It’s tough to say whether the actor and comedian is joking, but he made an interesting announcement on Twitter: He said he’s going to run for president in 2020. Trump has definitely made it seem possible for any famous political outsider to make it into the White House.
I’m gonna run in 2020 wish me luck.
— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) November 10, 2016
3. Katy Perry
The singer was very vocal throughout the 2016 election, and was a huge advocate for Hillary Clinton. She caused some buzz over an Instagram post of her posing with Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Her caption read “42, 43, 46?!” which is possibly referring to herself as the 46th president of the United States.
She hasn’t said more about the subject but her interest in politics and activism hasn’t slowed down. She recently made headlines for donating $10,000 to Planned Parenthood.
4. Dwayne Johnson
The charismatic action star might also run for office! He was asked if he would ever run for office, and his response makes us think he’s not exactly ruling it out. “Right now the best way that I can impact the world is through entertainment,” he told Movie Fone. “One day, and that day will come, I can impact the world through politics. The great news is that I am American, therefore I can become President. But don’t forget: I am G.I. Joe.”
The actor was later asked in an interview with GQ if he would really run for president and he said, “I think that it’s a real possibility.”
5. Roseanne Barr
The comedian ran for president in 2012, but placed sixth in the election. During that time, she focused on legalizing marijuana, environmental preservation, and equal rights. She also spoke out against the Democrat and Republican parties, according to The Huffington Post. She may have lost in 2012, but she might possibly run again given Trump’s success.
6. Donald Trump
Trump is just getting started with the transition into his first term, but it’s very possible that he would run for reelection. Only time will tell how his performance in the White House will affect his chances. He started his presidency with a lot of opposition and protests, which included resistance from fellow celebrities. However, he also has many supporters who might vote for him again.
7. Ron Perlman
The Hellboy actor is also thinking about making a career move. He posted a photo to Facebook announcing his candidacy in the caption. He also wrote in the comments, “My slogan will be, ‘Make America Great Again, Again’ so … hold onto your hats!”
Of course, there is a good chance this is just a joke.
8. Will Smith
The actor hasn’t been happy about how things are going in the country lately. “If people keep saying all the crazy kinds of stuff they’ve been saying on the news lately about walls and Muslims, they’re going to force me into the political arena,” he said, according to People Magazine.
But don’t hold your breath. When someone followed up with the actor on his comments, he said, “I was really kind of joking when I said that.”
9. Oprah Winfrey
Many people have asked Oprah Winfrey if she will run for office, making it seem like she would have plenty of voters. But what does she think about it? “I never considered the question even a possibility,” she told David Rubenstein.
However, Donald Trump’s win changed that. “I thought, ‘Oh, gee, I don’t have the experience, I don’t know enough.’ And now I’m thinking, ‘Oh.'”
Excitement for her potential run only grew after the 2018 Golden Globes, during which she delivered an impassioned speech that sent the internet into a tizzy of praise.
10. Mark Zuckerberg
Celebrities aren’t the only people who are thinking about getting political. CEOs have been asked about their political ambitions as well, including Mark Zuckerberg. When he was asked if he was planning to run, he answered, “I’m focused on building our community at Facebook and working on the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative,” according to USA Today.
That’s not exactly a no, and there have been reports that he has talked to Trump multiple times since he was elected.
11. Tim McGraw
The country singer might also go after the oval office. “I want to run for the Senate from Tennessee. Not now, but when I’m 50,” he told Time. That’s not the only time the singer talked about this. “I think it’s something I’d do well,” he explained to Esquire. “I just think as governor of the state, there would be a lot more opportunities to make some decisions and change some things.”
12. Ben Affleck
The two-time Oscar winner has also joked about running for president. “I like the idea of running for office,” he told The New York Times. “I think there’s something noble in public service.”
13. Mark Cuban
When the billionaire was asked if he would run for president, he answered, “We will see,” according to AOL. He was once again vague with CNBC, saying, “I wouldn’t say never, but it’s not my lifelong dream. It depends on how things turn out.”
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