Hip-hop star and marijuana enthusiast Waka Flocka Flame raised eyebrows earlier this year when he launched an improbable and technically illegal campaign for the presidency. Now, he has his sights set on a slightly more achievable goal — becoming speaker of the House.
Amid the chaos created by Republican Rep. John Boehner’s decision to step down and the lack of a clear favorite candidate to take this place, many pundits have pointed out the historic precedent that the speaker (who is third in line to the presidency) does not necessarily have to be a member of Congress.
Based on that logic, Waka Flocka Flame has released a new Funny or Die video in which he throws his hat in the ring:
“Ever since I was a kid, I always wanted to be a rapper. But it was always [a] means to the end … my real dream was to run Congress,” the rapper claims in the new comedy clip. “That’s right, you don’t have to be a member of Congress to be the number one dude,” he adds.
In this new video, Flame acknowledges that he’s too young to be president but also that the White House “is not where the real power is.” Under his leadership, he promises to support “cool things” like “marijuana, women’s rights” and “gun control” and to block “stupid things” like “trans-Pacific partnerships, voter ID laws and building a wall around Mexico.”
Speaking of walls, in light of Donald Trump’s recent success as a celebrity-turned-politician, several other stars have started to weigh their own ambitions for higher office. Both rap star Kanye West and actress Lindsay Lohan have raised the possibility of running for president in 2020. Meanwhile, Waka Flocka Flame is already launching rhetorical bombs at his would-be opponents.
“You don’t want ‘Paul Ryan: Mall Cop’ as speaker of the House, you want Waka f—kin’ Flocka f–kin’ Flame,” says the rapper, who also implores viewers to contact their local representatives to advocate for him. “There’s no law against it and it’s a job that I want.”