5 Times Kanye West Seriously Got Involved In Politics
Just when we thought we’ve seen it all from Kanye West, the award-winning rapper turned his VMA acceptance speech into a presidential campaign and announced he would actually run for president in 2020. Although everyone who has heard his future plans is beyond shocked, this is not the first time West has gotten involved in politics.
Here are five memorable times when Kanye discussed politics in public:
1. During NBC’s A Concert for Hurricane Relief in September 2005, West openly criticized both the government and the press for portraying black people in a negative light and even went as far as to say that ‘George Bush hates black people.’
2. In 2014, West urged millions of his Twitter fans to get out and vote, stating that midterm elections are ‘extremely important.’
3. Some of you may also know that Kanye supports President Barack Obama, but it seems that the feelings are not mutual. After boasting about private chats with Obama (he said the President even called him on his home phone), it must have been pretty embarrassing to hear that Obama denied speaking to him. What’s more, he even called West a ‘jackass’ after the rapper infamously interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech.
4. Last year, Kanye expressed his support of the #BlackLivesMatter protest on Twitter, writing that “600,000 people rallied for justice on Dec. 13th.”
5. Last but not least, West will not run for president while Hilary Clinton is still in the race – he’s a huge fan of Hilary and both he and his wife have endorsed her. Kim Kardashian also boasted a selfie with Hilary and Kanye at a fundraiser hosted by Scooter Braun earlier this month.