Last weekend at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, Kanye West took the stage to deliver a lengthy, inspirational speech after receiving the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award. Kanye left the stage to roaring applause from the audience as he ended his speech with a spontaneous announcement about his plans to run for President of the United States in 2020.
Since this surprise announcement, everyone has been wondering how serious he is, imagining what that campaign would be like and scrambling to make memes and merchandise before everyone else. While some joke that Kanye running for President will probably never happen, The New Yorker makes a clear point that we shouldn’t brush off the idea too quickly.
For their upcoming issue, the illustration on the cover shows an image of a smiling Kanye holding up a newspaper that reads: “Trump Defeats Kanye.” At first, some may wonder why Kanye would be smiling if he lost. But the illustration is actually a parody of the now famous photo of Harry Truman holding up an inaccurate headline—”Dewey Defeats Truman”—while celebrating his victory.
In 1948, the press had written off Truman’s chances of actually becoming president and the Chicago Tribune prematurely printed these headlines, expecting Thomas Dewey to win. As he held up the paper, Truman simply told the press, “That ain’t the way I heard it!”—which definitely seems like something Kanye would do.