"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.
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."