Did Kanye Announce His Presidential Bid Because This Kid In The VMA Audience Yelled Out The Idea?

At Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, Kanye West accepted the Video Vanguard Award and ended his long acceptance speech by (jokingly?) announcing that he’d run for president in 2020. Now: It’s entirely possible that he’s entirely serious and he spent months planning that announcement. But it seems more likely that he made the announcement on the spur of the moment, partly because he was looking for some way to wrap the speech up. And it helped that a kid in the crowd, standing very close to West, yelled the phrase “Kanye for president!” seconds before he made that announcement. Here, look:

Hopefully, that kid can leverage his influence into a cabinet post, or at least an ambassadorship.