Twitter Is Calling Kanye West’s Presidential Bid an ‘Opportunistic Publicity Stunt’ After He Reportedly Drops Out of Race
Well, that was fast! Kanye West has dropped out of the 2020 presidential race less than two weeks after he announced his bid via Twitter. Now that he’s no longer running to become Commander In Chief, many seem to think that the rapper never intended to go through with his campaign and are calling him out for pulling yet another publicity stunt.
Kanye West recently announced he’s running for President
On July 4, West took to Twitter to announce his run for President, tweeting, “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.”
The post quickly went viral, triggering a wave of reactions from joy to shock to full-on concern. While some — including Kim Kardashian West and Elon Musk — were quick to express their support for the rapper, others were unimpressed with what seems like another stunt he’s known for pulling.
A few people even believed that West was only running for President to help Donald Trump in the election.
As the reactions to the rapper’s announcement continued to swirl, many started to conclude that he might actually go through with his campaign and began picturing what a West presidency could look like.
But just two weeks after placing his bid for the 2020 presidential race, West has reportedly dropped out, which many actually aren’t that surprised by.
Kanye West is out of the of the race
On July 14, Steve Kramer, a member of West’s campaign team, announced that the hip hop icon has already bowed out of his late-entry bid for the presidency.
“He’s out,” Kramer told Intelligencer, before sharing that that he was in the process of getting “all our stuff cancelled.”
Although West had “overwhelming support to get him on the ballot,” and amassed a “180-strong campaign team” in Florida, the rapper no longer plans to see his presidential efforts through for reasons that remain unknown.
“I have nothing good or bad to say about Kanye,” Kramer adds. “Everyone has their personal decision about why they make decisions. Running for President has to be one of the hardest things for someone to actually contemplate at that level.”
The news of West suspending his run for President comes a few days after it was reported that the Kardashians were worried about him amid his bid for the White House.
According to insiders, the famous family was concerned about the billionaire’s well-being as they believed he was working himself too hard.
“Kanye’s family will always support him in his endeavors but they also worry for him,” a source told Entertainment Tonight. “Kanye has a tendency to overwork himself physically, emotionally, and mentally and not take time to rest and reset.”
Critics aren’t surprised Kanye West is no longer running for President
Now that West is allegedly out of the race for the presidency, many have taken to social media to share their reactions to this news.
While some are convinced West realized it was too late for him to get his name on ballots, others insist that he was never serious about running for President.
“BREAKING NEWS: Man who was never running for President confirms he isn’t running for President. Imagine my shock,” one person tweeted.
Some even went as far as to call the rapper an attention seeker, claiming that he only announced his bid for the presidency to cause a media distraction.
“It was always a disgusting and opportunistic publicity stunt from the beginning, Kanye only wanted was media attention and have everyone talking about his presidential bid. In the end, this shows he doesn’t even take this election seriously and only wanted to inflate his ego,” another user wrote.
Though he’s allegedly out of the 2020 presidential election, a few people think that West will hold off on his political aspirations until 2024, a plan he told Vanity Fair a few years back.
It seems like we’ll just have to wait and see if the rapper’s statement about running for President in the next few years holds true.