Kanye West’s MTV VMAs declaration of his intention to run for the Presidency in 2020 has triggered a White House’s response.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, acknowledging the “Black Skinhead” performer’s political bid, Earnest told the Associated Press he looks “forward to seeing what slogan he chooses to embroider on his campaign hat”, US Weekly reports.
Earnest was traveling aboard Air Force One with President Barack Obama on Aug. 31 when he was asked about West’s out-of-left-field announcement, which came at the end of his long, rambling acceptance speech for MTV’s Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
West has been to the White House before, of course, but just as a visitor. Still, this isn’t the first time he’s grouped himself in with Washington, D.C.’s elite.
Back in March, the Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy creator told Oxford University students that President Obama “calls the home phone” to talk to him and his wife, Kim Kardashian. (The Commander in Chief later told Jimmy Kimmel that while he enjoys Yeezy’s music, he doesn’t have the rapper’s home number.)