Kanye West 43, announced on Twitter on Saturday that he intends to run for president of the United States this year.
The unlikely challenger to Donald Trump – of whom he has been a vocal supporter – and Joe Biden, chose American independence day to make the surprise announcement on Twitter, triggering a social media storm.
“We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future,” West wrote. “I am running for president of the United States.”
It was not immediately clear if West, who is married to internet maven Kim Kardashian, is ready to actually mount a serious campaign against U.S. President Donald Trump and the presumptive Democratic candidate, Joe Biden, in the November election.
West has previously been an outspoken supporter of Trump, in 2018, he meet with him in the Oval Office at the White House.
West has mentioned on several occasions that he would like to run for the country’s highest office.
In 2018, Trump was Asked if West could be a future presidential candidate, Trump replied: “Could very well be.”
West replied: “Only after 2024. Let’s stop worrying about the future. All we really have is today. We just have today.”
West’s friend and car mogul Elon Musk has endorsed West: “You have my full support!,” Musk posted on Twitter.
West, a 21-time Grammy award winner, picked up an immediate endorsement from Elon Musk, the chief executive of electric-car maker Tesla and another celebrity known for eccentric outbursts, who tweeted in reply: “You have my full support!”