By Karlton Tate
This year at the annual MTV Video Music Awards rapper Kanye West pulled one of his most notorious stunts, announcing his plan to run for president in 2020. West is no stranger to stealing the limelight and is well known for his infamous interruption of pop star Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for the Best Female Video award at the 2009 VMAs. The announcement of his candidacy gained quite a bit of attention on social media, to no one’s surprise, and the hashtags #Kanye2020 and #InYeezusWeTrust began to float around the Internet. With the current presidential race on the forefront of everyone’s mind with Donald Trump’s escapades and Hillary Clinton’s recent email scandal, the ECHO is shining a light on the most ludicrous candidates to run for president.
Vermin Love Supreme
In 2004, a performance artist who takes the name Vermin Love Supreme ran as himself, while also running a parallel campaign under the name Ken Stevenson, an alter ego of sorts to Supreme. The artist is best known for his affinity for walking the streets sporting a boot on his head while toting an oversized toothbrush. Supreme’s platform consisted of proposed plans to allocate a free pony to every U.S. citizen, research time travel, promote zombie apocalypse awareness, and enact laws requiring Americans to brush their teeth.
In 2008, the infamous Georgia Rep. Cynthia McKinney captured the Green Party Presidential nomination. As a congresswoman from 1992 to 2002 and 2004 to 2006, McKinney employed her time on Capitol Hill championing a bill to release the government’s secret records on deceased rapper Tupac Shakur and occasionally assaulting Capitol Police. McKinney has also pushed for the unsealing of records pertaining to the CIA’s role of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Unfortunately for rap fans and conspiracy theorists alike, McKinney made few waves in the 2008 presidential race, securing only 0.12% of the votes cast.
Jack Shepard, a Minnesota native who was accused of arson in 1982 and relocated to Rome, Italy to avoid prosecution, ran for president while simultaneously running from the law in 2008. Shepard’s platform highlighted U.S. involvement in the Middle East, with his promise to end all Middle Eastern conflicts.
Jacque Yves Boulerice
In the presidential elections of 2000, 2004, and 2008, Jacque Yves “Chief Jack” Boulerice ran for president on the Native American Party ticket, a party of his own creation. Boulerice was an anti-immigration, anti-union conservative set on eliminating term limits for presidency, because surely the American people would never need anyone else. Boulerice demanded that all government business be conducted in English and promised to control wages by creating a maximum yearly wage of $800,000, with a $25,000 bonus maximum, under the rationale that no one should make more than double the president’s salary.
Looking to the future of our nation’s presidential roster, 15 year-old Brady C. Olson of Wallingford, Iowa filed a form for office with the Federal Election Commision, (FEC) in late July 2015 in reference to the trending Internet joke. When the independent candidate polled at 9% in North Carolina, the media seized the absurd moment and put the independent candidate in the public eye for several weeks.
Surprisingly, West may have recently gained connections within the Democratic National Party after attending a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton’s campaign in August. After reviewing these marvelous candidates, a Kanye West presidency in 2020 may not seem so ridiculous after all.
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