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Kanye West Says He’s Running For President in 2020

August 30, 2015 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Kanye West can’t have an awards show appearance without making a headline or two. At the MTV Video Music Awards, where he was receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, West delivered a long speech slamming award shows in general and recounting his infamous moment with Taylor Swift at the 2009 VMAs, then said that he’s running for president in 2020. Seriously.

After accepting the award from Swift, who confessed that Kanye’s debut LP The College Dropout was the “first album that me and my brother bought on iTunes at 12 years old,” West took the stage and talked about where he was emotionally at the time of the 2009 VMA moment. He said, “It crosses my mind a little bit. And I think if I had to do it all again, what would I have done? Would I have worn a leather shirt? Would I have drank a half a bottle of Hennessy and given it to the rest of the audience? If I had a daughter at that time, would I have went onstage and grabbed the mic from someone else’s? You know, this arena, tomorrow, it’s going to be a completely different setup, some concert or something like that. This stage will be gone. After that night, the stage is gone but the effect that it had on people remained. The problem was, the contradiction is, I do fight for artists. But in that fight, I somehow was disrespectful to artists. I didn’t know how to say the right thing, the perfect thing…You know how many times MTV ran that footage again because it got them more ratings? You know how many times they announced Taylor was presenting the award because it got more ratings? Listen to the kids bro! I still don’t understand award shows. I don’t understand how they get five people who work their entire life, one sold records, sold concert tickets, to come, stand on a carpet and for the first tie in their life, be judged on a chopping block and had the opportunity to be considered a loser. I don’t understand it bro! I don’t understand what the biggest album or the biggest video… I’m conflicted bro. I just wanted people to like me more.”

He continued on to say, “But f**k that bro! 2015. I will die for the art, for what I believe in, and the art ain’t always polite. Y’all might be thinking fright now, did he smoke something before he came out here? The answer is yes, I rolled up a little something. I’m not dead y’all. I don’t know what’s going to happen tonight, I don’t know what’s going ot happen tomorrow bro, but all I can say to my artists, my fellow artists, just worry about how you feel at the time. Just worry about how you feel, and don’t never…I’m confident. I believe in myself. We the millennials, bro. This is a new mentality. We not gonna control our kids with brands. We not going to teach hate to our kids. We’re going to teach our kids that they can be something, that they can believe in themselves. If my grandfather was here right now, he would not let me back down. I don’t know what I finna lose after this. It don’t matter though, because it’ snot about me. It’s about ides, bro, new ideas, people with ideas, people who believe in truth.”

And then, out of nowhere, he said, “And yes, as you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020, to run for president.”

CNN reporter Brian Stelter, it’s worth mentioning, reported on Twitter that the URL KanyeForPresident.com was registered earlier this year. No word on whether West himself registered it or not.

So yeah. That happened.