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Kanye West announces he will run for President in 2020
01 September, 2015
At Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, Kanye West accepted the Video Vanguard Award in true Kanye style: by offering a stream-of-consciousness rumination on the events of years past, and making bold claims about the future.

Chief among those claims? “As of this moment, I have decided that I will be running for president in 2020,” West said before dropping the microphone and leaving the stage.

“We’re going to teach our kids to believe in themselves,” he said during the acceptance speech.
“I don’t know what I’m going to lose after this. It don’t matter, though. It ain’t about me. It’s about ideas. People with ideas. People who believe in truth.”

West had been introduced by Taylor Swift, whom he had famously interrupted during the 2009 V.M.A.s. Swift brought up the “Imma let you finish moment” in her introduction, and West picked up the theme, essentially saying that while his delivery might not always be perfect (“I’m not a politician”), his passion for music and art underlies all of his actions. West also admitted that he thinks about the 2009 moment from time to time, including when he’s going grocery shopping with his daughter, North West, and when he attends a baseball game “and 60,000 people boo me.”

“I still don’t understand award shows,” he said. “I don’t understand how they get five people who work their entire life to come, stand on a carpet, and for the first time in their life, stand up on a chopping block and be considered a loser . . . I just want people to like me more!”

The Video Vanguard Award is for a career of excellence in music videos. “I will die for the art,” West said, with conviction.
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