We've all been joking around about Kanye West's announcement that he plans to run for president in 2020, but this is starting to seem like a pretty realistic possibility.
Last week, he told Vanity Fair that he's seriously thinking about it and would like to change the way campaigns are run (of course) -- "When I run for president, I’d prefer not to run against someone, I would be like 'I want to work with you' -- and apparently the Democrats are into him.
According to NBC, 'Ye will be performing at the Democratic National Committee's fundraiser at the Warfield, in San Francisco, on Oct. 10, where tickets will be selling from anywhere from $250 to $10,000 a pop.
He'll be doing his part to raise funds for the 2016 presidential race, reportedly by performing songs from his upcoming album Swish. President Obama will be there to watch, and maybe he'll give Kanye his blessing, officially.
In the meantime, Mr. West has been making political friends here, there, and everywhere. After gushing about GOP candidate Ben Carson in his Vanity Fair interview, Kanye had the compliment returned by Carson during an interview with ABC's "This Week."
"I did have an opportunity to talk with him," Carson said. "I was extremely impressed with his business acumen.
"He knows a lot about business. And, you know, I talked to him about the possibility of him and maybe himself and some of the other people in the pop culture doing some music that might be uplifting, that might give young women a sense of their value and young men a sense of responsibility. I think it could be a tremendous thing in our society."
OK, so Ben Carson and Kanye joint album coming soon.
And how did Carson feel about 'Ye running for president in 2020? "Well, I'm certainly willing to give him a chance," he said. "We'll see. He'll be able to explain things and see if he resonates with the people."