Editorial: Kanye or ‘Kan-nay’ for President in 2020

About one year ago on August 30th at the 2015 VMAs, Kayne West accepted the Video Vanguard Award and gave one hell of speech, in which he claimed to have “rolled up a lil sum” before coming out to “take the edge off.” But that’s not all he did that night. During said acceptance speech, he made another claim, which was that he planned to run in the 2020 presidential election.

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Yup, you read that correctly. In case you’ve been living under a rock, you can view a six-second clip of it coming straight from the horse’s mouth below.

The crowd went wild along with the Internet and anyone else who was in earshot of any Kanye West fan or foe for the following month and a half. He even got a warm welcome to the running from the Democratic party via their official Twitter page.

Now, fast forward to present time and you’ll see that the Kanye-For-President movement has revamped in wake of the 2016 election results. For days following the election, there was a steady and rapid influx of tweets with the hashtag #Kanye2020 to show their support of Kanye’s decision to run for president.

While there seems to be a consensus that Kanye West would make a better leader than a certain president-elect of ours, I’m personally still not convinced that he’s fit for the job. Is he a step in the right direction from Donald Trump? Absolutely. No doubt about that. But is he suited to lead America? I don’t really think so.

Let’s reflect back on all the blatant narcissism and disrespect Kanye has emitted into the world, shall we? In an interview done with SiriusXM, Yeezy goes off about his superiority as an artist as well as a human being.

“I am the number one most impactful artist of our generation,” he claims right off the bat. “I am Shakespeare in the flesh, Walt Disney, Nike, Google…” (Kind of lost me at the end there, Ye.)

Not only that but he’s raising his voice like a lunatic, talking over the other guests and hosts so that he gets the last word. That might be a good tactic to make your point in Yeezyland but I’m not sure that’ll go over well in the Oval Office. My point is we need a leader who can listen. Not to compare Kanye and Trump, but it doesn’t seem like either of them can shut it long enough to absorb words coming from someone else’s mouth. We don’t want someone who’s constantly thinking about himself running the country.

Not to mention, Kanye announced at his concert in the Bay Area, California just within the last week that had he voted, he would’ve voted for none other than Donald Trump.

“If I would’ve voted, I would’ve voted on Trump” -Kanye West. More info: power106.com #TheCruzShow

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And, for the record, commenters (a lot of Kanye fans) were not happy it. So, not only does Kanye tend to act out like Trump, but he believes in the (sometimes horrible) things that he says and does.

Also, I don’t mean to be that person, but we all remember the incident with Taylor Swift in 2009. Disrespect is the seedling in the grand scheme of discrimination and bigotry. Sure, when you start off with a couple backhanded remarks and cutting people off when they’re trying to get their word in, it doesn’t seem like much. But when you lay ground for disrespect, you leave room for a culture to foster from that behavior especially when that kind of behavior is not only tolerated but encouraged someone who is supposed to lead us.

Kanye has the passion for it but nowhere near enough knowledge. This isn’t to say that I believe that passion can’t get you somewhere in this world because I strongly believe that a lot of this world is fueled by passion. If he were to genuinely buckle down for the next four years, keep his nose to grind, and come out in 2019 with a base of knowledge large enough to woo people that aren’t just loyal fans, I would have faith. Then and only then would I have faith in Kayne West as a president.

So, for now, let’s leave the rapping to the rappers and the politic-ing to the politics.

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