2020 Apocalypse Bingo is getting weirder by the day. By now, whoever had global pandemic, Australia on fire and Kanye West for President on there could be declared the winner. Yes, that’s right, just when you thought 2020 couldn’t get any stranger, the US rapper Kanye West declared via social media that he’s running as an independent candidate for US president. One of the first to declare his ‘full support’ was Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Given that the two men hold some 50 million followers between them on Twitter alone, you can imagine how fast the news spread overnight.
Many are of course left to wonder whether the husband of Kim Kardashian (who would then become first lady) was joking or not. Others, mostly in the Democratic party, are already fearing he would split the black vote and make it harder for Joe Biden to win the upcoming November election.
Kanye wrote: “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.”
If the US rapper indeed decides to run for President, he could follow in the footsteps of other independent candidates who have split the vote. Back in 1992, Ross Perot, an eccentric Texan billionaire, took in an astonishing 19% of the vote.
In 2000, the Green party of Ralph Nader won less than 3% but was widely blamed afterwards for costing Democrat Al Gore the presidency.