by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Anna Giaritelli of the Washington Examiner explores the possibility of more celebrity presidential candidates in 2020.
A slew of potential presidential candidates for 2020 have emerged in recent weeks. From company CEOs to talk show hosts, some are voicing thoughts about entering the race against President Trump in three years.
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz had previously said he would not run for president because he was committed to his coffee chain. However, he recently stepped down from his leadership post, indicating he may have other plans in mind.
On Wednesday, Oprah Winfrey said she had never thought about becoming the first woman president because of her lack of experience in politics, but now she’s “thinking, oh. Oh.”
Trump’s former business friend Mark Cuban, a fellow billionaire, has been floated as someone who has the entrepreneurship background and leadership experience to take over the Oval Office. The New York Post reported that the White House viewed Cuban as their greatest fear as a 2020 foe, prompting people to ponder over the idea.
Kanye West and Trump have been friends for years, but the rapper told attendees at a San Jose, Calif., concert last fall that he would be willing to take office in 2020 and do the job the way he saw fit. If West won, reality TV star Kim Kardashian would become first lady.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he won’t run in 2020 since he is focused on building the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. That didn’t stop people from calling for the social media king to ditch his organization and shoot for 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.
Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, said he’s considering going out for it after “a lot of people” urged him to run. A top concern for Iger, and the other business executives, would be who to appoint as their replacement.