Last night, to accepting his Video Vanguard award at the VMAs, Kanye West launched into one of his trademark rants which was equal parts brilliant and rambling. The speech, which called out Justin Timberlake for crying after losing and Taylor Swift for possibly making it hard for him to buy juice because everyone thinks he is mean—but also, the music industry for begging creatives to compete against each other for some arbitrary award—was a true Kanye West moment. But he must have picked up some tips from his wife on how to make headlines: The talk culminated in a declaration that he was running for president in 2020. Because, of course it did. "I don't know what I finna lose after this," he told the crowd. "It don't matter, though; It's not about me. It's about ideas. New ideas. People with ideas. People who believe in truth. And yes, as you probably could've guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president."
It was a mic drop moment, which is exactly what Kanye did before he strode off stage to accept props from his confused coterie of friends and fam. The moment caused an eruption online, with some people taking him seriously (Donald Trump) and some people treating it like a joke (not Donald Trump). Whether he was serious is besides the point. As an entertainer and provocateur, Kanye West did his job last night. All you had to do was check Twitter for proof.
Who does Kanye think he is running for president? What experience does he have? None.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonldTrump) August 31, 2015
Kanye is so cute, y'all.— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) August 31, 2015
when Kanye becomes president, every wing of the White House will be the West Wing— President Yeezy (@PrezidentYeezy) August 31, 2015
This is the only person who fully understood what Kanye was talking about pic.twitter.com/zCxw6fI9cA— Relatable Quotes (@RelatableQuote) August 31, 2015
I hope Kanye does six hours like Dave Chappelle at the Laugh Factory.— Josh Gondelman (@joshgondelman) August 31, 2015
Kanye West: the President America deserves, but not the one it needs right now.— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) August 31, 2015
Kanye For President.— Jaden Smith (@officialjaden) August 31, 2015
Kanye saying he's running for president in 2020 is the biggest plot twist since we found out Paolo was a lip syncer— Lizzie McGuire (@ImLizzieM) August 31, 2015
I am here for Kanye. For every last word he is saying.— roxane gay (@rgay) August 31, 2015
All right. Time to get some sleep. I intend to count possible Kanye West running mates.— Linda Holmes (@nprmonkeysee) August 31, 2015
If Kanye West can run for president, why are you afraid of asking her out?— TinyMarkTwain (@TinyMarkTwain) August 31, 2015
was he serious though please be serious @kanyewest— tilly TOMORROW (@17blackcoffee) August 31, 2015
Jay Z at home right now avoiding Kanye's texts pic.twitter.com/tQwQ74zamB— Jazmine Hughes (@jazzedloon) August 31, 2015