Kanye And The MAGA Hat: Is This All About Him Wanting To Be President?

Written by Dana Sanchez

Kanye West put himself in the spotlight when he posted a photo of himself wearing a Make America Great Again hat, insisting that he is “not political” and is tweeting “in love not fear”.

His thoughts on Trump “have somehow turned West into something of an alt-right darling,” W Magazine reported.

A longtime Donald Trump fan, Kanye has said before that he plans to run for President in 2020. On Tuesday, in a show of confidence for Trump, he tweeted “2024.” If Trump is re-elected for a second term in 2020, he’ll be president until 2024.

Kanye also tweeted “2024” in December 2016 after meeting with Trump, New York Daily News reported.

This isn’t the first time Kanye got attention for supporting Trump. He met with Trump in December 2016 at Trump Tower during the transition period and defended the meeting in a series of now-deleted tweets, according to CNN:

“I wanted to meet with Trump today to discuss multicultural issues … I feel it is important to have a direct line of communication with our future President if we truly want change.”

Fans at a concert in California were shocked when Kanye ended a concert by ranting that if he had voted, he would have voted for Trump.

Kim Kardashian this week asked her husband to clarify that he does not agree with everything Trump does.

On Wednesday he wrote, “You don’t have to agree with trump but the mob can’t make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don’t agree with everything anyone does. That’s what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought.”

Kardashian tweeted in support of her husband for being entitled to his opinion:

“Now when he spoke out about Trump… Most people (including myself) have very different feelings & opinions about this,” Kardashian wrote. “But this is HIS opinion. I believe in people being able to have their own opinions…. He never said he agrees with his politics.”

Kanye, 40, was hospitalized in 2016 for an alleged nervous breakdown. Page Six reported this week that he told Hot 97 host Ebro Darden that he was suffering from opioid addiction at the time:

Darden claimed on Hot 97’s “Ebro in the Morning” on Monday that during a far-ranging conversation with the rapper over the weekend (which was sparked by West’s recent political tweets), West told him, “Nobody really showed love for me when I was addicted to opioids and in the hospital.”