10 musicians who could run for president in 2020
Back in the day, musicians might have offered an opinion or two on US presidential elections.
Or perhaps an endorsement... But after 2016’s election results, all bets are off and many of today’s musical elite seem to think they’ve got a chance at the top job themselves.
Here’s 10 musicians who reckon they’ve got what it takes to be president of the United States in 2020...
1. Kanye West
The rapper made the announcement in 2015 during his acceptance speech for the MTV VMAs Video Vanguard Award. But considering all his self-aggrandizing, it’s a wonder Kanye didn’t announce his candidacy for president sooner.
However, Kanye has since been suffering mental health issues, which would likely rule him out of running.
2. Katy Perry
As the reigning Queen of Twitter (she is the most followed person on the social network with over 100 million) the ‘I Kissed a GIrl’ singer could certainly give the current “tweeter in chief” a run for his money.
The singer made no bones about her support for Hillary Clinton during the last election, but it was an Instagram post alongside 43rd president George W. Bush and 42nd president Bill Clinton with the caption “42, 43, 46?!” that led people to believe she was vying for the title of 46th...
Alright, this one might be a bit of a reach, but bear with us... After the hip-hop star called out the current commander in chief in an expletives-laden freestyle rap tirade, he admitted he was angry that Trump didn’t retaliate on Twitter.
During the rap, the star states, “Any fan of mine who’s a supporter of his, I’m drawing in the sand a line, you’re either for or against, and if you can’t decide who you like more and you’re split on who you should stand beside, I’ll do it for it for you with this. F**k you.”
Could the next logical step for the rapper be to challenge Trump in a more direct way? Say, by running for president? Yeah, probably not...
4. Will Smith
While his music days seem to be behind him in favour of his Hollywood career, the ‘Miami’ rapper certainly has the charisma to be a good president.
In an interview with CBS News, the star said, “If people keep saying all the crazy kinds of stuff they've been saying on the news lately about walls and Muslims, they're going to force me into the political arena. I mean, I gotta be the president. Come on!"
However, Smith later claimed he was joking. Shame.
5. Taylor Swift
It seems like Tay Tay was only messing about when she tweeted she would be running with Kanye in 2020, but in the current political landscape, why not?
Back in 2015 after the pair had made up following Kanye’s interruption of her VMA acceptance speech, the ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ singer tweeted support for Kanye’s presidency, with the hashtag #KanTay2020.
6. Snoop Dogg
After publicly endorsing Hillary Clinton in 2016, putting a gun to the head of a Donald Trump lookalike in a music video and naming his latest EP ‘Make America Crip Again’ (which also features Donald Trump’s corpse on the cover) the ‘Gin and Juice’ rapper certainly seems to have political beef.
While he has never announced plans to run himself, he has endorsed Kanye, saying, “Kanye West can’t be no more crazier than that motherf**ker Donald Trump.”
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7. Kid Rock
The rap-rocker has already said he would run for senator, and at a 2017 concert said, “If ‘Kid Rock for Senate’ has got folks in disarray, wait ’til they hear ‘Kid Rock for president of the USA.'”
However, when grilled on the subject in an interview with Howard Stern, the star admitted he was only joking and was using the hype to promote a new album.
8. Waka Flocka Flame
Despite announcing that he would be “dead ass running for president in 2016” way back in 2012, the ‘O Let’s Do It’ rapper has had to wait until 2020 because he was too young to run last time round. Luckily, the star has used this time to recruit a running mate... former wrestler Ric Flair!
The pair promise to “Make America ‘Woooo’ Again” and have gone as far as releasing a campaign video and website.
This is 100% legit. You can Google it.
9. Tim McGraw
American country music star Tim McGraw has long talked of entering the political arena, and still claims to be considering running for senator or governor.
He said, “I think it's something I'd do well. I just think as governor of the state, there would be a lot more opportunities to make some decisions and change some things."
However, in a different interview he said he would wait until he was 50 (he is 50).
At this point, nothing is off the table in terms of eligibility to run for president of the United States - including the candidacy of ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ hitmaker Coolio. While not seeking the top job, Coolio plans to run alongside former porn star Cherie DeVille.
He said of his desire to run for vice-president, “Somebody got to do something man, somebody got to try. We need normal people, we need normal regular everyday people in office.”
Nothing says normal like Coolio...
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