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Kanye announced he's running for President at the VMAs, and everyone is losing it

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THE MTV VMAs took place in Los Angeles last night and, as per usual, they were kind of insane.

The one thing that everyone is talking about this morning, though?

Kanye West announcing that he is running for president in 2020.

The rapper was honoured with the MTV Video Vanguard Award last night — presented to him by Taylor Swift, no less – and delivered an 11-minute speech.

He discussed his beef with Taylor Swift, art and the nature of awards shows.

Here are some choice quotes.

On interrupting Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech in 2009:

If I had to do it all again, what would I had done. Would I had worn a leather shirt? Would I have drank a half of bottle of Hennessy and gave the rest of it to the audience? Y’all know you drank that bottle too. If I had a daughter at that time would I went onstage and grabbed the mic from someone else’s?
The problem was the contradiction. The contradiction is, I do fight for artists. But in that fight I somehow was disrespectful to artists. I didn’t know how to say the right thing, the perfect thing. I just…

On Justin Timberlake’s man tears:

I sat at the Grammys and saw Justin Timberlake and Cee-Lo lose. Gnarls Barkley and the FutureLoveSex/Sexy Back album. And bro, Justin, not to put you on blast but I saw that man on tears, bro. You know? And I was thinking like, he deserved to win Album of The Year!

On being high:

Y’all might be thinking right now, I wonder, did he smoke something before he came out here?” The answer is yes, I rolled up a lilsomethin’! I knocked the edge off!

Pretty standard Kanye fare, really.

But just before he left the stage, he dropped the following bombshell:

And yes. As you probably could’ve guessed by this moment. I have decided in 2020 to run for president.

Here he is declaring his candidacy.


Cue thousands of WTFs…


Comparisons to Donald Trump.

Concerned tweets about the prospect of First Lady Kim Kardashian West.

Inevitable ‘Kanye West Wing’ gags.

And memes.

#Kanye2020, y’all.

It’s happening.

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