And ya'll thought he was joking. Kanye West made headlines when his acceptance speech at the VMAs ended with an announcement of his presidential aspirations followed by a mic drop. Though most people just thought that Kanye was just being Kanye, it turns out that he was serious (which is perhaps the most Kanye thing of all).
In an interview with Vanity Fair published today, Kanye sets the record straight, saying "Oh, definitely" when asked if he's still thinking of running for president in 2020. When the conversation turns to how the interviewer thought that more people would dismiss the idea of President West, Kanye then launches into what's basically a monologue about how it's his destiny to be president:
"Especially from the six years of this misconception or the six years I went through of 'We don't like Kanye.' And then as soon as I said that, it was like, 'Wait a second, we would really be into that, because actually if you think about it, he's extremely thoughtful. Every time he's ever gotten in trouble, he was really jumping in front of a bullet for someone else. He's probably the most honest celebrity that we have.' I didn't approach that because I thought it would be fun. It wasn't like, Oh, let's go rent some jet skis in Hawaii. No, the exact opposite. I sit in clubs and I'm like, wow, I've got five years before I go and run for office and I've got a lot of research to do, I've got a lot of growing up to do. My dad has two masters degrees. My mom has a PhD, she used to work at Operation PUSH. Somehow the more and more creative I get, the closer and closer I get to who I wåas as a child. When I was a child, I was holding my mom's hand at Operation PUSH. I think it's time. Rap is great. It's fun. It's fun to be a rock star, and I'll never not be one I guess, but there'll be a point where I become my mother's child. With all the things I've done that people would consider to be accomplishments, what's the point where I become the person that Donda and Raymond West raised? My parents' child."
As for what will happen to his clothing line? Don't worry. Kanye won't give up design just because he's running for president. As he told VF, "It's very important that I continue to design, to be in practice of trying to make the best decisions possible. I hate politics. I'm not a politician at all. I care about the truth and I just care about human beings."
The full interview is available online, sure to be immortalized as one of the most astonishing displays of unwavering confidence the world has ever witnessed.
There are just so many questions here. Who would be his running mate? Does this mean that the Kardashians really are going to take over the world? Will Kanye be the first president to document his time in office with a reality show? Do I even want to live in a world where Kim Kardashian has any sort of political influence? This is just too much.