Outspoken rapper Kanye West surprised many during the MTV Video Music Awards on 30 August when he announced he would be running for the White House in the 2020 presidential elections. Now, it appears he has the support of at least one current candidate, real estate mogul turned politician Donald Trump.
Trump spoke to Rolling Stone and said he supports West's White House ambitions. The two have been compared by several in the media and even those in the entertainment business. Following West's 13-minute acceptance speech, which included his presidential announcement, late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel took time out to compare the two bombastic men.
The Republican front-runner, however, noted that he does not understand the comparisons between him and Kim Kardashian's husband. "Somehow there are comparisons made so often, which is interesting — comparisons with Kanye and myself," he said during his interview. "I don't quite get it."
Trump continued: "I saw him do it, and I said:'That's very interesting. I wonder who gave him that idea?" He later defended the rapper and expressed his wishes to compete against him in future elections. "He's actually a different kind of person than people think. He's a nice guy. I hope to run against him someday."
The billionaire former reality TV star added: "He said very nice things about me in the past. And he knows my daughter a little bit, Ivanka. And he said very good things about me. Very, very good things. Extremely positive things."
The outspoken GOP candidate has dominated the poll since announcing his bid in early summer. In the latest poll by Public Policy Polling, Trump retained top spot among his fellow conservatives, earning 29% support from Republican voters. He was followed not so closely behind by former neurosurgeon Ben Carson.