Perhaps the most shocking moment at Sunday’s VMAs came at the end of Kanye West’s acceptance speech for the Video Vanguard Award. After repeatedly telling the audience to “listen to the kids” and coming to terms with the enduring legacy of his 2009 Taylor Swift interruption, West concluded his speech by declaring, “As you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided, in 2020, to run for president.”
The news inspired a wide spectrum of Twitter reactions, but perhaps none more surprising than from the Democratic Party itself. The official account of the Democratic National Committee tweeted Monday morning that the group approved of a possible West run.
The DNC then later used a West reaction shot GIF to mock Republican candidate Scott Walker’s proposal to build a wall along the American-Canadian border.
Whether or not West is seriously considering a presidential run, it seems he does have some institutional support. Speaking on Air Force One on Monday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said he looked “forward to seeing what slogan [West] chooses to embroider on his campaign hat.”
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