Kanye West decided to add to the surreality of 2020 by announcing on the Fourth of July that he’s running an independent campaign to become President of the United States. While a couple of big names threw their support behind the “Jesus Is King” rapper, other celebs rolled their eyes. Here are some of the bigger reactions.
Elon Musk • The Tesla founder supported Andrew Yang during the 2020 Democratic primary, but enthusiastically switched his back to West, tweeting that the rapper had his “full support.”
Mark Cuban • While the Dallas Mavericks owner and “Shark Tank” investor wasn’t as full-throated in his support as Musk, he did have this to say when asked on Twitter if he would back West: “If there was Rank Choice voting available and [Kanye] was on the ballot with [Biden] and [Trump,] I would have [Kanye] ahead of [Trump]”
Rose McGowan • The actress-activist also likes the idea of a Kanye candidacy, but only as a spoiler for Trump. “I support this mission,” she said in response, captioning a planet circling the sun and tagging West. In a subsequent tweet, she wrote, “Do you think Kanye’s doing it to split votes or just be an anarchist?” she quipped.
Octavia Spencer • On the other hand, the “Shape of Water” actress wasn’t having any of this. “Too much foolishness today,” she tweeted. “It’s obvious that some people live in a bubble. It’s about time to burst it.”
Tiffany Haddish • Some actors took West’s announcement as an opportunity to “declare” their candidacy as well. Sort of. “We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I too am running for president of the United States!” Haddish tweeted. And her running mate? Dave Chappelle.
Bob Saget • “Should I run for President too?” the “Full House” actor tweeted. “I don’t much about anything.”
Paris Hilton • The media personality and socialite had the same idea as Haddish and Saget, but Hilton even came up with a great hashtag. “#PresidentParis,” she tweeted. “I like the sound of that. #ThatsHot #MakeAmericaHotAgain.”
Billy Eichner • The “Billy of the Street” creator also got in on the big announcements. “Excited to announce I’m running for President….of SAG!!!!!” Eichner wrote. Gabrielle Carteris probably won’t be happy about that.
Eric Balfour • “Do you guys think this is all a joke? That potentially pulling votes away from the only nominee who can defeat Donald Trump is cute or funny?” the “Charmed” actor tweeted. “This is the height of privilege, ultimately it won’t hurt you, you’re wealthy enough to survive 4 more years of Trump! Come the f— on!”
Meghan McCain • “The View” cohost went all-in on West’s fitness for the job. “There is no woman on planet earth, celebrity or private who could behave as unhinged and erratic as Kanye has the past few years & be taken seriously as a presidential candidate,” McCain tweeted. “Women are punished for raising our voices on tv, let alone saying things like ‘slavery was a choice.’”
Chaley Rose • And the Nashville singer got right to the point, tweeting, “The cherry on top of a shit year.” So, how do you really feel Chaley?