George Bush scoffs at Kanye West’s presidential bid


Rapper Kanye West is probably not going to get support from former United States president George W. Bush when he runs for president in 2020.

This presupposition could be extracted from Bush’s reaction after America’s top celebrity news site, TMZ, on October 29 asked the younger Bush about West’s presidential bid.

The ex-president was signing autographs for fans in Washington D.C when a TMZ reporter asked him the million dollar question — “What do you think of Kanye running for president?”

Bush just laughed, and went away.

The native Texan might not be a big fan of Kanye considering that in 2005 during a TV fundraiser for Hurricane Katrina, Kanye went off script and declared “George Bush hates black people”.

At one point Bush spoke out about it in an interview with Matt Lauer and said it was a horrible moment in his presidency.

“He called me a racist. And I didn’t appreciate it then. I don’t appreciate it now. It’s one thing to say, ‘I don’t appreciate the way he’s handled his business.’ It’s another thing to say, ‘This man’s a racist.’ I resent it, it’s not true,” he said.

Bush would later call the incident “one of the most disgusting moments of my presidency”.

Since then, they haven’t enjoyed a cordial relationship.

Kanye has also been called “a jackass” by current President, Barack Obama after he interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.

West recently expressed his intent to run for president in 2020, a declaration that most politicians have treated somewhat gingerly – Hillary Clinton said if she’s not running for re-election, she’d get behind him, and Donald Trump said, “I hope to run against him someday”

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Brian Okoth
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