I wrote on August 12: “America can no longer tell the difference between a political pugilist and a narcissistic peacock. I wonder when Kanye West will run…”
I did not say “if” Kanye West will run — I said “when.” The American Idol presidency started with Barack Obama and its mutation now exists in the form of Donald Trump’s current popularity. And, while the future is not linear, one does not need to have mystical gifts of prognostication to see the very real possibility of a Kanye West political campaign.
Mr. West said Thursday:
“We da Millennials, bro. Dis is a new — dis is a new mentality. We not gonna control our kids with brands. We not gonna teach low self esteem and hate to our kids. We gonna teach our kids dat they can be somethin’. We gonna teach our kids that they can stand up for dey self. We gonna teach our kids to believe in themselves. If my grandfather was here right now, he would not let me back down. I don’t know what I’m fittin’ da lose after this. It don’t matta doh, cause it ain’t about me. It’s about ideas, bro. New ideas. People with ideas. People who believe in truth.
And yes, as you probably could’ve guessed by this moment, I have decided, in 2020, to run for president.
Kanye West 2020: We may not be able to master the English language, but we can master the world! We ain’t fittin’ da lose cause we fittin’ da win, bro!
Sometimes a man needs to hit rock bottom before he realizes that he has a serious problem. On some level I hope that Mr. West launches a serious presidential run with his “new” ideas (that are actually quite old). Maybe then it will sink in with enough people that America is a very sick nation. Or not, and we can continue our embarrassing slide into irrelevance.