Chelsea Clinton Supports Kanye West Running For President For One Major Reason
No one seems to know yet whether Kanye West's announcement that he is running for president in 2020 is real or not. After all, the rapper was admittedly under the influence during his Video Vanguard acceptance speech at the VMAs when he made his big announcement, and the "Can't Tell Me Nothing" rapper has not officially confirmed the run in any serious way since then. But regardless of whether or not Yeezy 4 Prez will become an actual thing in the future, he's already gotten some props from a big political figure. Chelsea Clinton said Kanye West running for President is "awesome" in a new interview with MTV:
I definitely think who runs for office is really important. And even if [West] just saying that helps spark a little boy or a little girl who was watching the VMAs to think, "Oh wow, maybe I should do that," that's awesome.
As the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Democratic Presidential nomination frontrunner Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton knows a thing or two about what it takes to make it in politics. And one big thing is inspiration. Surely, her parents did not just wake up one day and think, "Hey, I think I'll run for President today." Something or someone obviously struck them as being important enough to spark their interest in politics in the first place. Though the 35-year-old Stanford and Oxford graduate's statement on West is simple, it raises a good point about the impact of his announcement alone.
When we look back in history, speeches tend to be one of the main things we remember about historic figures (for better or for worse). It is not entirely clear what West's agenda would look like as leader of the free world, but whether you want to see this campaign come to fruition or not, making a huge announcement like this at the VMAs has the potential to inspire a whole new generation of future leaders, and this is something we should not lose sight of.
Between all the ridiculous outfits that Miley Cyrus wore while hosting the VMAs and all the beefs that came out of the night, there is at least one lesson we can take away: words matter. And when they are spoken on a platform as big as the VMAs stage, they can have a huge impact. It remains to be seen what West's announcement means for the future, but one thing's for sure: people were listening. And if Clinton is right, a future leader who didn't think they had a shot before might have been, too.
As for whether Clinton would vote for West, she told MTV, "I think it depends on who he’d be running against."