Clinton is favourite to become the Democratic candidate at the 2016 election, while the rapper aims to run in 2020
Hillary Clinton has spoken about Kanye West‘s recent claims that he will run for the US Presidency in 2020, asking the rapper to “wait” if she happens to be running for re-election at the time.
The rapper launched his alleged bid to be President during his acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards last month (August 30). West said at the time, “It’s not about me. It’s about ideas. New ideas. People with ideas. People who believe in truth. And yes, as you probably could’ve guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for President.”
Clinton, who is the favourite to become the Democratic candidate at the 2016 election, told Ellen DeGeneres on US TV on Tuesday (September 8), “I heard him make the announcement. He said he wanted to run in 2020, I would only ask him, if I’m running for re-election, to wait. But otherwise, a lot of people want to run for president these days.”
Clinton’s comments follow that of her daughter Chelsea describing the prospect of West running for office as “awesome”. Chelsea said, “Even if [West] just saying that helps spark a little boy or a little girl who was watching the VMAs to think, ‘Oh wow, maybe I should do that,’ that’s awesome.”
Earlier this year, West’s wife Kim Kardashian uploaded a picture of her and Kanye meeting Clinton. See that below.
Following the news of West running for President, Donald Trump told Rolling Stone, “He’s actually a different kind of person than people think. He’s a nice guy. I hope to run against him someday.”
Trump continued, “He’s said very nice things about me in the past… extremely positive things. I was actually watching, I saw [his speech] and I said, ‘That’s very interesting. I wonder who gave him that idea?'”
Rihanna has also backed West in his run for office. The singer told Entertainment Tonight, “People are voting for [Donald] Trump; who wouldn’t vote for Kanye? I’m really, really elated with his speech. His speech was incredible.”
A representative from the White House responded to the news too. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told Billboard that he looks “forward to seeing what slogan [Kanye] chooses to embroider on his campaign hat”.