People Are Comparing Kanye West's Presidential Bid to Manny Pacquiao's


Yesterday, rapper and fashion designer Kanye West fired off a tweet, stating that he wanted to add president to his long list of accomplishments. The announcement came five years later after he first stated his intention to run for president.

"We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future," he wrote. "I am running for president of the United States! #2020VISION."

The whole thing came down on Twitter: West trended quickly across the app, Elon Musk gave his full support for his friend, and—somehow—on our side of the world, Manny Pacquiao got dragged into the news and also trended in the Philippines.


While Pacquiao has yet to confirm his presidential bid, he drew comparisons with West for all the wrong reasons. Both are wealthy, god-fearing musicians with eyes on politics. (Who could forget Pacquiao's 2006 album Laban Nating Lahat Ito?)

One user offered a glimpse of the possible future, saying, "Vision in 2023: Former rapper President Kanye West welcomes to the White House former boxer President Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines. (Kids, don't let this happen.)"

While others voiced out how unqualified both are as presidential candidates.

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Another user tweeted, however, that Pacquiao seems to be more qualified than West since he graduated with a degree in AB Political Science major in Local Government Administration from the University of Makati last year. To that, we say: The bar is low indeed.

More: F. Sionil Jose Says Manny Pacquiao Is Qualified to Run for President


Who knows if Pacquiao's or West's presidential bids will even come to fruition? We'll have to wait and see. In any case, we already have a record of the first interaction between the two below.


More: How Rich Is Manny Pacquiao?

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Paolo Chua
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Paolo Chua is the Associate Style Editor at Esquire Philippines, where he writes about fashion and grooming. Before joining Esquire Philippines, he was a writer at Town & Country Philippines.
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