Kanye West‘s announcement that he’ll run for president in 2020 has been a hot topic for media these days. In his recent Vanity Fair feature, ‘Ye referred to Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson as “the most brilliant guy.” Today, Carson appared on ABC’s This Week, commenting on Kanye’s statement. Host Martha Raddatz asked him what he thought of Kanye and if they’d been in touch. Besides commending Kanye for his “business acumen.” Carson also revealed that he’d be “certainly willing to give him a chance” as a presidential candidate.
Raddatz: One final question, Kanye West told an interviewer earlier this month that when he heard you speak he thought you were “the most brilliant guy” and he tried to call you. First of all, I want to know whether you got in touch in the last few weeks, and what you think of him, whether you’d like him to help out with your campaign.
Carson: Well, I did have an opportunity to talk with him. I was extremely impressed with his business acumen. He knows a lot about business. And, you know, I talked to him about the possibility of him and maybe himself and some of the other people in the pop culture doing some music that might be uplifting, that might give young women a sense of their value and young men a sense of responsibility. I think it could be a tremendous thing in our society.
Raddatz: Do you think he’d be a good president some day? 2020?
Carson: Well, I’m certainly willing to give him a chance. We’ll see. He’ll be able to explain things and see if he resonates with the people.