Chelsea Clinton Thinks Kanye West’s Bid for Presidency Is “Awesome”

Chelsea Clinton and Kanye West
Chelsea Clinton -- daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton -- weighed in on Kanye West's potential bid for the White House in 2020 Chelsea Lauren/WireImage; D Dipasupil/Getty Images

Future running mate, perhaps? As the daughter of two political powerhouses — one of whom held the presidential office, and the other of whom is going after it, again, right now — Chelsea Clinton knows her way around a presidential campaign. So naturally, MTV asked her to share her thoughts on a potential future candidate: Kanye West, who announced his out-of-left-field 2020 bid for the White House at the 2015 VMAs last month.

Though Clinton — like the rest of Us — has no intel on whether West was serious about his proclamation, she thinks it was "awesome," and potentially very impactful.

"Who runs for office is really important," the Stanford and Oxford University grad, 35, told MTV. "And even if [West] just saying that helps spark a little boy or a little girl who was watching the VMAs to think, 'Oh wow, maybe I should do that,' that's awesome."

But would she vote for him? "I think it depends on who he'd be running against," she replied diplomatically.

In any case, West already has a few supporters. After his epic VMAs speech on Aug. 31, the Democratic Party offered their support via Twitter, sharing a GIF of West onstage with the tweet, "Last night @kanyewest declared his candidacy of president in 2020. Welcome to the race, Mr. West. Glad to have you." 

The White House weighed in, too, with Press Secretary Josh Earnest telling reporters on Air Force One that he looked "forward to seeing what slogan [West] chooses to embroider on his campaign hat." 

Even current GOP front-runner Donald Trump offered support. "He's actually a different kind of person than people think," the real estate mogul told Rolling Stone. "He's a nice guy. I hope to run against him someday."

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