Kanye West Explains Why He Met With Donald Trump, Tweets on 2024

By Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
December 13, 2016 Updated: December 13, 2016

Kanye West explained why he met with President-elect Donald Trump at the Trump Tower on Tuesday, drawing headlines.

“I wanted to meet with Trump today to discuss multicultural issues,” he tweeted at around 3 p.m. ET. “These issues included bullying, supporting teachers, modernizing curriculums, and violence in Chicago.”

West, 39, added that it’s “important to have a direct line of communication with our future President if we truly want change.”

He then tweeted, somewhat cryptically, “#2024″—possibly alluding to his own future presidential bid. Earlier this year, the rapper said he would run for president in 2020, but it seems that with Trump’s victory—and Trump’s likely plans to run for president again in 2020—he pushed back the date. He told Vanity Fair that he’s “not a politician,” saying that “I’ve got five years before I go and run for office and I’ve got a lot of research to do, I’ve got a lot of growing up to do.” Before that, he announced at the MTV Awards ceremony: “As of this moment, I have decided that I will be running for president in 2020.”

In concerts several weeks ago, West expressed his support for Trump, saying that if he voted, he would have cast his ballot for the Republican businessman.

A few days later, West was hospitalized after reportedly suffering a nervous breakdown. He spent more than a week at a hospital in Los Angeles before he was released.

Before West’s tweets on Tuesday, the rapper hadn’t tweeted in two months, with his last one written in late October.