As he apparently thought the world expected of him, Kanye West used his time onstage while receiving the Video Vanguard Award at the VMAs to announce his intention to run for president in 2020. While most saw it as a fittingly absurd capper to a speech that wavered between nonsensical and brilliant, The Democratic Party would like you to know it’s “hip” and “with it” and definitely down for West to actually run for office. The party’s official Twitter account sent out a welcome message to West, alongside a GIF of his speech:
Since then, the account has been tweeting news about Republican presidential candidates along with accompanying Kanye West reaction GIFs.
The whole thing would be a lot more charming and subversive were it not for the fact that using pop culture-related GIFs is actually commonplace for the Democratic Party on Twitter. Long before last night’s VMAs, the account was using images of Taylor Swift, Ludacris, Nicki Minaj, Adventure Time, and more to add a little humorous flair to its political musings, because nothing engenders faith in the democratic process like a tweet about abortion accompanied by a Gossip Girl reaction GIF.
And for those who are curious: The official Republican Party Twitter account has yet to weigh in on West’s announcement. Perhaps the party is too busy trying to sue Barack Obama to find the right GIF.