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Kanye West Confirms 2020 Presidential Run: 'I've Got a Lot of Research To Do'

Kanye West Confirms 2020 Presidential Run: 'I've Got a Lot of Research To Do'

Kanye West announced his 2020 presidential run last month at the 2015 MTV VMAs, and now he’s confirming the news and talking all about his plans.

When asked by Vanity Fair if he was serious, the 38-year-old entertainer responded, “Oh, definitely.”

The interviewer noted that the reaction to his announcement was not very negative.

“Especially from the six years of this misconception or the six years I went through of ‘We don’t like Kanye.’ And then as soon as I said that, it was like, ‘Wait a second, we would really be into that, because actually if you think about it, he’s extremely thoughtful. Every time he’s ever gotten in trouble, he was really jumping in front of a bullet for someone else. He’s probably the most honest celebrity that we have.’ I didn’t approach that because I thought it would be fun. It wasn’t like, Oh, let’s go rent some jet skis in Hawaii. No, the exact opposite,” Kanye said.

“I sit in clubs and I’m like, Wow, I’ve got five years before I go and run for office and I’ve got a lot of research to do, I’ve got a lot of growing up to do. My dad has two masters degrees. My mom has a PhD, she used to work at Operation PUSH. Somehow the more and more creative I get, the closer and closer I get to who I was as a child. When I was a child, I was holding my mom’s hand at Operation PUSH. I think it’s time,” Kanye continued.

Read the remainder of Kanye‘s interview inside the cut below!

Also pictured below: Kanye‘s wife Kim Kardashian out in San Diego, Calif. on Wednesday (September 23).

Click inside to read more from Kanye West about his presidential run…

“Rap is great. It’s fun. It’s fun to be a rock star, and I’ll never not be one I guess, but there’ll be a point where I become my mother’s child. With all the things I’ve done that people would consider to be accomplishments, what’s the point where I become the person that Donda and Raymond West raised? My parents’ child.”

On if he’d give up creative projects to run, Kanye responded, “I think about that. Because it’s so therapeutic for me to sit and work for seven days. We work on the collection year round, every day to the office, we have an amazing team, but then you have that seven days before the show where you just really, really don’t sleep. . . . I have to stay creative. The whole point is to have someone [in office] that’s creative, that’s around amazing creatives. This is my theory: I think the world can be helped through design, so it’s very important that I stay around creative, forward thinkers. It’s very important that I continue to design, to be in practice of trying to make the best decisions possible. I hate politics. I’m not a politician at all. I care about the truth and I just care about human beings. I just want everyone to win, that’s all I can say, and I think we can. . . . I think the words “dreamer” and “passionate” diminish my will to execute. Because to be passionate about something or to dream about something does not say that it was executed. So when we talk about second season, it was executed. When we went and had a great season with stores, with Barneys and Luisa Via Roma and all these amazing stores, that was executed. When those Yeezys came out and sold what they did, that was executed. You can have the longest intellectual artistic conversation about anything and it all means nothing without execution.”

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  • j k

    is this clown for serious

  • Kaitlyn

    The future of this country is far too important to be used as a publicity stunt.

  • Kaitlyn

    He is. And the scariest part? The shift of “influential voices” has gone to Kardashian obsessed gossip blogs who would actually want Kim Kardashian as a First Lady.

    So while he wouldn’t likely win, his presence will distract from other candidates that may actually have a solution for what’s going on around us today.

  • nicky

    I was about to write something similar, that the scary thing is, he might actually have a shot. I like Kanye as an artist, but come one, a president? And the idea of the Kardashians at the White House is kind of terrifying and I am not even American, but I don”t know whether to laugh or cry at the idea of Kim as a First Lady

  • AK

    macbeth ? kim is so obsessed with the idea of being the first lady .. i want a few of her ambition so i can move in my fucking life

  • suzybel

    Can you just imagine Kim Kardashian as the first lady?

  • VanityInsecurity

    The day Kanye is President is the day I move out of America.

  • person

    eh the world is so f-ed up at the moment but Kanye is better than most of the other candidates, except Bernie Sanders who is the only good one. All the repubs are ridiculous. At least Kanye is for peace.I would vote for him over any of the repub candidates.

  • Matt

    “I hate politics” Does he understand what running for President means?

  • VanityInsecurity

    you would vote for someone who is a rapper & knows nothing about politics? you are whats wrong with the world.

  • AeeJay

    Kayne really believes himself to be a GOD, where he never in his life studied fashion & he’s a designer, now he’s a politician ready to rule a nation.. you can’t take some time to do “research” to be a President.. what an idiot.

  • Mental Floss

    Well, if Kaye wants to run for president in 2020 more power to him. So he hates politics and is thinking about a candidacy? So why? To feed his ego?! May God help us all!!
    However, I hope he doesn’t have any skeletons in his closet, and I hope he knows that if he’s still married to Kim, he will face a heavy dose of backlash.The Ray J and Kim flag will be flying in all it’s glory. Just saying.
    Oh. And “Rockstar,” that’s a stretch. Pomposity thy name is Kanye.

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  • Mental Floss

    That will never happen. And I will tell you why. People are becoming more savvy about politics. He hates politics; that says volumes. His skeletons are many from what I have read. Do you really think that well meaning people would vote for him?
    Most important, a lot can happen from now to 2020.

  • Dizzy Miss Lizzy

    Let the circus begin. Can you imagine this egomaniac in office – let alone the Kartrashians as first lady and family?

  • alyson

    No,no,no,no,NO,NO,NO….it’s a joke!! He’ll have to read stuff, and understand history and legislation, international law etc. Kanye is having a laugh and shows he’s as twisted as ever. Go back to listening to your own voice Kimye, and work on Kim’s wardrobe choices. You’re losing your touch!

  • ღαsнℓεy ωεrηεrღ

    Kim would be the 1st First Lady with a sex tape available for all to see…awkward. Not a very presidential way to start off.

  • Narina

    I agree with you. People are mocking Trump left right and center but are okay with Kanye West? He is stupid, foul-mouthed and uneducated. Atleast Trump has an education. Kanye is just a dumb, privileged rich rap star married to porn star.
    All of the Republican candidates are better, smarter and would make a far better POTUS then he would.

  • Narina

    LOL Kanye West is a stupid, uneducated rap star. He knows nothing about politics. Sorry, but any of the Republican candidates are far better then he is. Including Trump.

  • Narina

    Thank god that most of his fans are not old enough to vote anyways. I don’t think he stands much of a chance. With Trump, at least he is successful in business. Kanye West is a loser. He doesn’t know anything about politics and has a wife who is a porn star. All he has is his awful rap music and being married to a porn star.

  • JustThat

    designer? have u seen his stuff ? lol it proves one thing money can help u do anything,becoming a president however requires a bit more than that

  • JustThat

    he probably doesn’t even know basic geography and political etiquette … God Help America

  • Marie

    They will be old enough when he runs!

  • shoes4life

    Bit@# please!!

  • alyson

    Political etiquette? Hey, he doesn’t know personal etiquette! With geography, he knows what’s up and what’s down and nothing in between. Iimagine what his conversations are like at home? Bet they all start with ‘bro’ no matter who he’s speaking to.

  • alyson

    You crack me up! He’s for piece in his own rant like way!! Ha! Peace only comes to him when everyone agrees with what he has to say, whether you can understand his garble or not.

  • SFGal2015

    There’s no way this ass-wipe is going to be president, there’s not enough people here in US who like him, he’s no more than a used pathetic “meatus” that no body but his wife wants, can’t stand his venal whore of a wife!

  • JustThat

    my bad…his daughter is named North West after all :))

  • Tris

    Kanye no ones is voting for you…. Just like they are not going to vote for The Donald. .

  • Welly

    He’ll be f you f that each time he’ll make a speech. Hope i’m died before he runs. He doesn’t know the first thing about beening president. And having that bitch Kim with him ugh!!!!!

  • Welly

    He’ll be f you f that each time he’ll make a speech. Hope i’m died before he runs. He doesn’t know the first thing about beening president. And having that bitch Kim with him ugh!!!!!

  • alyson

    Bro, well said!

  • forest4trees

    West says Ben Carson is “brilliant” … the Doctor thinks the world started 5.000 years ago and that the president is a “psychopath”. **rollseyes**

  • ned nicer

    So…Kanye wants to be President…And people in Hell want ice water…Odds are about the same …

  • damian gonzales

    EE:UU Asmereir WORLD WILL BE IF THIS CLOWN is elected “president”.

  • look

    well hopefully he will graduate from High School first