Rapper claims he'll run for office in 2020
Republican frontrunner for the 2016 US Presidential election, Donald Trump has reacted to Kanye West‘s recent claim that he’ll run for office in 2020.
The rapper broke the news at the end of his acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday (August 30). West said, “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.”
Responding to West’s proclamation, The Apprentice US host Trump has now 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 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 also responded to the news. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told Billboard that he looks “forward to seeing what slogan [Kanye] chooses to embroider on his campaign hat”.
West was presented with the Video Vanguard award by Taylor Swift at Sunday night’s MTV VMAs in Los Angeles.
The award recognised the rapper’s music video output over the course of his career. Accepting the accolade, West thanked Swift for “being so gracious” and presenting him with the award. Both Kanye and Taylor made reference to their infamous falling out at the 2009 VMAs. “I’mma let you finish, but Kanye West has had one of the greatest careers of all time,” Swift joked.
During his 13 minute-long acceptance speech, West discussed his bewilderment with award shows.
He stated: “I still don’t understand award shows. I don’t understand how they get five people who work their entire life, won, sell records, sell concert tickets, to come, stand on a carpet and for the first time in their life, be judged on the chopping block and have the opportunity to be considered a loser.”
Watch Swift presenting West with the award below and see the rapper’s acceptance speech in full.