'Never Discount Kanye West': Owens Says Superstar Rapper Is Serious About Presidential Run
Turning Point USA Communications Director Candace Owens said Sunday on Fox & Friends that rapper Kanye West is being completely serious when talking about potentially running for president in 2024.
West first said in 2015 that he'd "definitely" consider running for president in 2020, but recently said during a radio interview that he "100 percent" could run in 2024.
He also tweeted the year itself on Saturday, stirring more speculation about if he is, in fact, serious about running for office.
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) September 8, 2018
"I always tell people, never discount Kanye West," Owens said. "His entire story is of overcoming. When people tell him that he can't do something, he always accomplishes it."
.@RealCandaceO: “If he's serious, if he's willing to do the work...There’s no reason why he can’t be successful in a campaign for the presidency if that’s where his heart is at.” https://t.co/Dc0F1CslfR pic.twitter.com/2gQSLLV5l2
— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 9, 2018
Singer John Legend, a friend of West's, also said Friday on "The Dan Wootton Interview" podcast that the famed rapper is serious about a presidential run.
Legend said he believes West would run as an Independent, but that West hasn't told him specifically.
"I think he sees some aspects of himself in Trump and sees that Trump winning makes it feel like he could do it too," Legend said.
my MAGA hat is signed pic.twitter.com/DrDHJybS8V
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018
West was intensely criticized for supporting President Trump and showing his support for conservative voices, like praising Owens on Twitter.
Turning Point USA's founder, Charlie Kirk, praised the megastar rapper on Sunday for not shying away from his praise of Owens and Trump.
"He has not defected one inch," Kirk said. "He is giving a whole segment of the American population permission to support the most successful president of our lifetime."
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