Kanye West is newly out of rehab, and has wasted very little time making headlines once again. On Tuesday morning, West surprised a lot of people when he walked into Trump Tower in New York for a meeting with the president-elect. While the contents of the meeting were private, Donald Trump told press that they had talked about "life." Now, we've finally heard from Kanye why he decided to have a discussion with Trump. Kanye took to Twitter to explain the decision, ending it with a somewhat cryptic tweet. You may be wondering: Why did Kanye Tweet "2024"?
Kanye is possibly referring to a potential presidential run that year. It isn't the first time he's talked about running for the highest office in the country. During his acceptance speech for the Video Vanguard award at this year's VMAs, Kanye announced his bid for president in 2020. After the onstage rant, many wondered how serious the music mogul was, and that seems to be the question once again now that he's hinted at 2024.
In a series of tweets, Kanye explained that he met with Trump because he wanted to discuss "multicultural issues" like bullying, teachers, curriculum, and violence. He reasoned that having the president's ear was the best way to start the conversation and make change.
West's explanation for the unexpected meeting seems somewhat reasonable, if he's really looking to try to steer Trump in a direction that could help kids and minorities. It is a little alarming that West has reacted to Trump in an almost approving way, though. Despite the fact that he donated to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, he said in a post-election concert speech that he would have voted for Trump, had he cast a vote this year.
Which leads to the real question about why he tweeted out about 2024 instead of 2020. Does this mean that West thinks that Trump will be reelected in 2020, and he will wait four more years to give it a shot himself? I very much hope not.
It's difficult to know when West is being serious or if he's saying something outrageous just to be controversial. The fact that he went out of his way to speak to Trump personally about issues he cares about mean he's acting on the principles that he's constantly talking about, like inspiring change and trying to make the world a better place. Perhaps his intentions were pure and he really was attempting a relationship with the man who will soon make decisions for our country (this categorization never gets less scary, does it?) Only time will tell — though with West, we may truly never know.