White House Reacts to Kanye West's 2020 Presidential Bid

by Jackie Willis 8:15 AM PDT, September 01, 2015
Playing White House Reacts to Kanye West's 2020 Presidential Bid

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest jokingly reacted to a possible Kanye West Wing.

The 38-year-old rapper announced at Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards, upon accepting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, that he plans to run for president in 2020. While speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One on Monday, ABC News reports that Earnest said he was looking "forward to seeing what slogan he chooses to embroider on his campaign hat."

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"I don't know what I stand to lose after this. It don't matter though, because it ain't about me. It's about ideas, bro, new ideas. People with ideas, people who believe in truth,” West told the VMAs audience during a lengthy speech. "And yes, as you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president."

While the press secretary of President Barack Obama's administration was jovial towards West, the leader of the free world himself has not been so kind to the rapper in the past. Obama has called West a jacka** twice -- once after he interrupted Taylor Swift at the 2009 VMAs and the other during an interview with The Atlantic in 2012.

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Earlier this year, he also called out West for claiming that he talks to Obama on the phone.

"I've met Kanye twice. The first time was when I was a senator and he was with his mom. He'd just gotten big," the president said on Jimmy Kimmel Live. "He's from Chicago, so they wanted us to meet, and he was very soft-spoken and very gracious. He was a young guy, and hadn’t quite come into his own."

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Obama added, "And about six months ago, he came to an event and, look, I love his music and he's incredibly creative. I don't think I've got his home number."

While he may not have the support of the current commander in chief, Rihanna told ET that she'd vote for West.

"I mean, people are voting for [Donald] Trump," the 27-year-old singer said. "Who wouldn't vote for Kanye?!"

Does West has your vote?