Kanye West has disclosed that he is serious about a run for the presidency, but that it will not happen until 2024.
In an interview with Power 92 Chicago’s DJ Pharris, the rapper, who is married to reality star Kim Kardashian, confirmed he was planning a possible tilt at the White House.
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“If I decide to do it, it will be done, I’m not going to try,” he said.
“Yes, 100 per cent it could happen… 2024,” he added.
He said his biggest concern once he was president was taking on the “medical industry”.
“One of my main things once I’m president is the medical industry. I’m going to make sure that the medical industry flourishes,” West said on Thursday.
“There’s one thing I learned by hanging around with Jay-Z, and being married to my wife, is you can’t f*** up the paper (money). That’s the problem with a lot of the radical leaders in the past,” he continued.
The fashion designer then started discussing the importance of “the paper” — meaning money.
“There’s one thing I learned by hanging around with Jay-Z, and being married to my wife, is you can’t f**k up the paper,” he said.
“That’s the problem with a lot of the radical leaders in the past. I’m not going in, when I become president, to f**k up the paper, because I tell you what? Trump ain’t f***ing up the paper. Those jobs are up, those taxes are being saved,” he expressed.
Despite his well-publicized support for current President Donald Trump, West described himself as a moderate, claiming he “had love” for conservative Trump as well as progressive senator Bernie Sanders.
“For someone to say you can’t ride with both sides … We don’t need to think in divisions,” he said.
“We need to think in arms because we’re actually one race, one people, one civilisation,” he added.
The father-of-three first revealed his political ambitions during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, when he announced: “I have decided in 2020 to run for president.”
The following year, rumors surfaced again after West met with Donald Trump in Trump Tower “to discuss multicultural issues”.
He has since then alluded to a possible presidential campaign many times.
As recently as April, he fuelled speculation by tweeting a photo of five identical posters bearing his image and the slogan “Keep America Great,” accompanied by the hashtag “#Kanye2024”.
The 41-year-old’s latest political announcement has made headlines around the world.
Kanye West is just one of many celebrities who have discussed running for president in recent years.
Talk show star and actress Oprah Winfrey was widely touted as a possible 2020 presidential candidate following her rousing speech at the 2018 Golden Globes — although she later confirmed she will only contest the position if she received a “sign from God”.
Also actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson told Rolling Stone in April that he had been having “under-the-radar” meetings with political experts after announcing last year that he was considering a presidential bid.