The rapper announced his presidential bid for 2020 on US independence day, though he had previously claimed he was going to run for the office in 2024 at a festival in November 2019.
Kanye West says he is sure to beat Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden by write-in votes in the upcoming November election.
Netizens rushed to comment on the post, with most of them expressing concern over West’s mental health, given his recent public rants and the late decision to participate in the November election.
If you aren’t prepared enough or organized enough to meet several state filing deadlines, how are you responsible enough or organized enough to take on the hardest job in the United States? For your own health and happiness, stay in the creative world where you are conquering.
— PJAnderson (@JustMeBnCurious) July 26, 2020
I know people think this is cute and all and some may laugh it off; but you need serious help Kanye. It’s too late to get into the election process, so just stop. Most importantly, if you love your children, get the help you need ASAP. They deserve better from you.
— Melb (@Melb14614126) July 25, 2020
Kanye, not everyone has cancelled you cause we recognize your gifts but Please STOP. There are young impressionable minds out there and this election is too important to make a joke or a PR stunt out of it. STOP. PLEASE. Do it for us black women. Do it for your beautiful mother.
— #BreonnaTaylor is STILL relevant (@Hey_tati) July 25, 2020
Other users were frustrated that the rapper has been tweeting about everything but music lately, asking West to release the new album, though someone suggested he was just delaying the release to increase demand.
I’ll vote for u if u drop the album
— Albert (@AlbertsStuff) July 25, 2020
Mfw Kanye tweets about everything but the album pic.twitter.com/VxSIya205o
— A . P . I (@APIISHERE) July 25, 2020
Finally, there were those who were confused about what the rapper said, apparently not getting his shorthand for “write-in votes”.
I’ve read Kanye’s tweet five times and have no CLUE what he’s trying to say here. pic.twitter.com/4dYd71A3G7
— Snark Biscuit (@snark_biscuit) July 25, 2020
beating Biden WHAT??? pic.twitter.com/r6Zrj4G65Y
— Cattman (@RealChegg) July 25, 2020
Though many on social media have mocked the rapper for the late announcement of his presidential bid, others have expressed encouragement for Kanye, including Tesla CEO and founder Elon Musk, who commented in support of his intentions, though later Musk said that he had tried to convince Kanye to run in 2024.
Though West has missed the registration deadlines in a number of US states, including Texas, he has filed the necessary documents with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and managed to get on the ballot in Oklahoma by paying a fee.