John Legend confirms Kanye West is ‘serious’ about running for U.S. President
Singer John Legend is convinced his rapper pal Kanye West is serious about preparing for a U.S. presidential run.
The Flashing Lights hitmaker has announced his intention to secure the top seat in the White House several times, most recently during a radio interview in his native Chicago, Illinois last month (Aug18), when he revealed he is aiming to launch a campaign in 2024.
Some critics have brushed off Kanye’s statements, but his close friend and collaborator John believes the hip-hop star’s political ambitions are sincere.
“He’s said it multiple times. Yeah, I think he’s serious,” Legend told UK newspaper The Sun. “I’d guess he’d run as an independent, but he’s never told me anything about what party he would run from. But he’s said multiple times that he’s interested in running for president.
“And I think that’s part of why he likes (current U.S. President Donald) Trump is because I think he sees some aspects of himself in Trump and sees that Trump winning makes it feel like he could do it too.”
Kanye has stoked controversy for his public support of the Republican leader, who has repeatedly faced a backlash over hateful speech and unpopular policies, such as separating immigrant children from their parents upon entering the U.S. illegally from Mexico.