There was a whole lot of speech to unravel after Kanye West left the MTV VMAs stage on Sunday night, but the internet took one little fact and ran with it. ‘Ye said he’s running for president in 2020.
People have been scrambling to figure out if Kanye was announcing a run to take a jab at Donald Trump, to legitimately throw in for a contest five years out, or just to continue being erratic and strange the way he always has. I mean, even the White House weighed in on ‘Ye’s potential presidency.
But it turns out that the single-most dissected moment of Kanye’s speech was an off-the-cuff response to something that was shouted at him from the audience.
In the clip up top, you can hear California State University, Long Beach student Pablo Chacon yell “Kanye for President!” during a break in West’s speech. West then gestures to the crowd and announces his presidential run.
It’s a shame that Kanye was just winging it. We had the campaign slogans ready for him. And he definitely has the Rihanna vote.
“I mean, people are voting for [Donald] Trump,” Rihanna told Entertainment Tonight. “Who wouldn’t vote for Kanye?!”