What Kanye West, Liz Cheney, Oprah Winfrey, The Rock, and Andrew Yang have in widespread: They’re third-party alternatives to the Biden-Trump 2024 presidential binary.

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  • Neither Joe Biden or Donald Trump are significantly widespread.
  • Their mediocre ballot numbers are making room for different potential presidential hopefuls, together with celebrities.
  • Notable politicians similar to Liz Cheney and Andrew Yang are additionally in the third-party combine.

First got here Ronald Reagan. Then Donald Trump. Could Americans see one other entertainer commerce crimson carpets for the marbled hallways of the White House?

It’s believable. Six out of 10 voters would contemplate a reasonable impartial candidate for president in 2024 if President Joe Biden, a Democrat, and Trump, a Republican, find yourself staging a re-run of Election 2020, in accordance to a latest Harvard CAPS-Harris poll.

Recently, the case for nontraditional, third-party candidates obtained a lift with the launch of the Andrew Yang-fronted Forward Party, established by dozens of former Democratic and Republican officers. And a number of celebrities have overtly flirted with making an impartial presidential run.

Here are 14 notable celebrities and would-be politicians to watch forward of the 2024 presidential race:

Elon Musk

Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, attends the opening of the Tesla factory Berlin Brandenburg in Gruenheide, Germany

When Elon Musk started angling to purchase Twitter, Musk superfans inspired him to do extra — run for president in 2024.

“Shoulda bought shares in Twitter a month ago,” one Twitter consumer tweeted. “Either way I support #ElonMusk taking it over. Elon for President 2024.”


The billionaire has been making the headlines just lately for his alleged affair with Google co-founder Sergey Brin’s spouse, termination of his Twitter acquisition plans, and twins he had with one in all his high executives.   

But due to Article II of the US Constitution, Musk cannot run for president as a result of he was born in South Africa, not on American soil.

Only a natural-born citizen will be president, which disqualifies Musk from the presidential race — though he might run for different public workplaces similar to US senator or governor. (Think of Austrian-born Arnold Schwarzenegger, who served as California’s governor from 2003 to 2011.).

Musk has additionally been vocal in his support of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, for a possible 2024 presidential run.

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey sitting at desk

One of the most influential girls in the world, Oprah Winfrey’s presidential ambitions have lengthy been a topic of celebrity-watching chatter.

Winfrey’s 2018 acceptance speech at the Golden Globes — she was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement — set off hypothesis about her chance to run for president. The speech, which opened with a private anecdote of her rising up as a Black woman in Milwaukee, pivoted to politics and social points, similar to the #MeToo motion. 

“I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon,” she stated. “And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘Me Too’ again.”

Stedman Graham, Winfrey’s longtime companion, informed the Los Angeles Times, that Winfrey operating for president is “it’s up to the people,” and “she would absolutely do it.” 

But three weeks earlier than her speech, the media magnate herself informed Laura Brown, then the editor-in-chief of InModel, that she has no curiosity in occupying the presidency. Winfrey stated she had met with somebody who provided to assist with a political marketing campaign, however she declined. 

“I’ve always felt very secure and confident with myself in knowing what I could do and what I could not,” Winfrey told Brown. “And so it’s not something that interests me. I don’t have the DNA for it. … That’s not for me.” 

But it could be too early to utterly rule out her title showing on the poll. In an interview with David Rubenstein, Winfrey said at first she felt as if she did not have the expertise to run for president, however is pondering in any other case after Donald Trump’s election. 

“I thought, oh gee, I don’t have the experience, I don’t know enough, and now I’m thinking, ‘Oh, oh?'” she stated. 

And even when she would not run, her endorsement — if one is forthcoming — might definitely assist the recipient.

Kanye West

A picture of Kanye West

West, the rapper and entrepreneur who final yr formally modified his title to Ye, has expressed curiosity in operating for president once more, in 2024.

With simply weeks left earlier than the 2022 midterm election, Ye told ABC News he “absolutely” has future political aspirations. “That time wasn’t in God’s time,” he stated of his first stab at the presidency. 

But with company after company cutting ties with him after his anti-Semitic feedback and habits, his political future appears murky at finest. 

The rapper was just lately was locked out of his Twitter account for ranting about Jewish people in a tweet that was eliminated by the social media platform for violating its tips.

West tweeted that he was “going death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE,” including, “I can’t be anti-Semitic because black people are actually Jew also.”

At the time, he had already been below hearth for antisemitism following his comments during a Fox News interview with Tucker Carlson accusing Jared Kushner, who’s Jewish, of brokering the Abraham Accords to “make money.” 

Adidas, which had manufactured and offered sneakers below West’s Yeezy model, minimize ties with the rapper in October after a delay for which it was roundly criticized.

The firm is predicted to lose $246 million in profit this yr.

West, in the meantime, has already fallen off Forbes billionaire checklist. Clothing firm Gap additionally severed ties with West, stating that it had shut down YeezyGap.com, and would take “immediate steps to remove Yeezy Gap product” from shops. Balenciaga, Vogue, JPMorgan Chase, expertise company CAA, movie and TV studio MRC, are amongst a doubtlessly rising checklist of corporations to sever ties with West. 



In 2020, after an unsuccessful run for workplace, West tweeted, “KANYE 2024” with an image of his aspect profile in entrance of a graphic of the 50 states.

West was successfully a non-factor in the 2020 presidential race. He appeared as a presidential candidate on the ballot in simply 12 states and obtained slightly below 60,000 votes. His strongest assist got here from Tennessee, the place he obtained greater than 10,000 votes. Trump, on the different hand, secured over 1.84 million votes in the state. 

West once more hinted at a second try in his new music, “Keep It Burnin.”

In the first verse, he raps: “When you run for ’24, I bet your spouse gon’ be with you / Who put this together? Me, that’s who.”

But now that he’s successfully “canceled,” West would possibly simply have to be content material with presiding over the “Yecosystem” or “Yeezyverse,” the rapper’s imaginative and prescient for a “self-sustained enterprise.” 

Andrew Yang

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang greets supporters before taking the stage during a rally in Washington Square Park, May 14, 2019 in New York City. One of Yangs major campaign promises is a universal basic income of $1,000 every month for every American 18 years and older.

The 47-year-old former presidential candidate isn’t any stranger to the political enviornment, though his efforts have but to translate into electoral victory.

Yang ran unsuccessfully for president in 2020 as a Democrat, and then, misplaced in a crowded discipline for mayor of New York in 2021.

As a part of his political platform, Yang promoted a common primary revenue and Medicare for all. The son of Taiwanese immigrants, his bid was additionally a big second for Asian Americans.

Yang, who’s at the helm of the newly fashioned nationwide political third get together, the Forward Party, hinted at his second try at operating for the presidency, ought to a Trump-Biden rematch take form. 

In an interview with Fox News Digital, Yang stated, “One thing I will say is that if that matchup is unappealing to you, then go to ForwardParty.com and let’s make sure that Americans have more choices in your community but also in 2024.”

Bob Shrum, former political strategist and director of the Center for the Political Future at the University of Southern California, believes Yang’s bid might backfire and give extra votes to Trump. 

“Andrew Yang, if he wants to start a new party or run as an independent, it could help the Republicans or it could help Trump in 2024,” he informed Insider.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

dwayne the rock johnson

Professional wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson’s presidential bid overtures have not been almost as refined as Winfrey’s.

Nicknamed “The Rock,” the 50-year-old actor has been requested about his presidential ambitions on a number of events. 

His solutions hinted at a 2024 bid, till now. In a preview clip from “CBS Sunday Morning,” Johnson informed Tracy Smith that operating for president is “off the table.”

“I love our country and everyone in it,” Johnson stated. “I also love being a daddy. And that’s the most important thing to me is being a daddy number one.” 

But he left the door open to a future presidential run. He told CNN’s Jake Tapper, “the No. 1 job, and my No. 1 title, that I love right now is daddy.” But when requested if that meant he was ruling out a future presidential run, Johnson responded, “I have seriously considered it. You have to.” 

Johnson’s flirtations with politics started a number of years in the past when, in 2016, he floated the concept of him occupying the Oval Office through Twitter.

“Cool piece on why I should run for President. Maybe one day. Surely the White House has a spot for my pick up truck,” Johnson tweeted, linking to a now-deleted Independent Journal story that laid out why he must be president.

Then, in 2017, he stated in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres that he’d “seriously considering running.” The similar yr, Johnson informed USA Today that, that as the former World Wrestling Entertainment “people’s champ,” he would most likely run in 2020 “to serve the people.”

He then informed Variety that “the realistic consideration would be 2024.”

And extra just lately, in 2021, Johnson stored his political options open.

“I think that poll of almost half of Americans being in favor of me running for president is so humbling. It sits me down and I don’t know any other way to describe it,” he informed CNN.

It could also be too early to rule out Johnson utterly, as Trump’s former White House chief of workers Mick Mulvaney told Politico earlier this yr that “The Rock” is one in all the few individuals who might realistically problem Trump in 2024, if Trump decides to run.

Liz Cheney

Liz Cheney

Perhaps the most outstanding anti-Trumper in the GOP, Cheney is now actively contemplating a 2024 presidential bid. 

Cheney’s potential pursuit of the nation’s highest workplace follows her defeat by Trump-backed opponent Harriet Hageman in Wyoming’s Republican congressional major.

In an interview with Savannah Guthrie of NBC News,  the soon-departing Wyoming congresswoman said, “I’m not going to make any announcements here this morning, but it is something that I’m thinking about and I’ll make a decision in the coming months.”

She added: “I will be doing whatever it takes to keep Donald Trump out of the Oval Office.”

Speaking at the Texas Tribune Festival in September, Cheney did not straight reply a query about whether or not she’d run for president however reiterated she would do “whatever it takes to make sure Donald Trump isn’t anywhere close to the Oval Office,” and that she would no longer be a Republican if Trump will get the get together’s nomination in 2024. 

“I’m going to make sure Donald Trump, make sure he’s not the nominee,” Cheney stated. “And if he is the nominee, I won’t be a Republican.”

Just hours after her loss, Insider reported that Cheney transformed her congressional marketing campaign committee to a political motion committee — a transfer that can give her elevated freedom to increase and spend cash to advance her political agenda. She’s calling it “The Great Task.” 

Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, is at struggle with lots of her Republican Party colleagues as she serves as vice chair of the US House’s January 6 choose committee, which is investigating Trump. 

In her concession speech, Cheney remarked that she might have simply received the major if she went alongside Trump’s false claims about the 2020 election. 

“Two years ago, I won this primary with 73% of the vote. I could easily have done the same again. The path was clear, but it would have required that I go along with President Trump’s lie about the 2020 election,” she stated. 

Cheney was defeated by a 37.4 share level margin. 

If Cheney does run for president as a Republican, she’d doubtless face stiff opposition from any of a number of others: Trump, DeSantis, and former Vice President Mike Pence, in addition to a number of different notable Republicans. Moreover, her means to generate curiosity amongst hard-core Republican presidential major voters can be inherently restricted — as her defeat in her personal congressional major made evident. 

Therefore, there’s all the time the chance — though Cheney has not publicly indicated this — that she’d stop the Republican Party altogether and search political fortunes with one other get together or as an impartial, the place she might doubtlessly attraction to a wider swath of the citizens. 

Adam Kinzinger

Adam Kinzinger

Kinzinger, the different Republican on the January 6 committee who’s distancing himself from Trump and the GOP institution, stated he would love to run in opposition to Trump in 2024.

“I would love it. I really would,” he said in an interview with the Huffington Post. “Even if he crushed me, like in a primary, to be able to stand up and call out the garbage is just a necessary thing, regardless of who it is. … I think it’d be fun.”

During an interview with the Washington Post, Kinzinger said he felt “dirty” after voting for Trump in the 2020 presidential election. He did it to “have credit” with the GOP base, he added.

“It’s not something I can square away in my soul fully,” he stated.

Green Party and Libertarian Party

Green Party candidate Ralph Nader

According to Ballotpedia, there are 5 Green Party and 13 Libertarian Party candidates who have already filed with the Federal Election Commission to run for president in 2024. 

Likely none of them have a shot. In 2020, Libertarian nominee Jo Jorgensen obtained simply over 1% of the nationwide vote, and Green Party nominee Howie Hawkins clocked in 0.31%

But “they can determine the outcome by draining votes away,” Shrum stated.

If Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader had not run in 2000, for instance, there’s nearly no query that Democrat Al Gore would have change into president as an alternative of Republican George W. Bush, Shrum stated. 

“It would have, without doubt, have carried Florida by the margin of thousands of votes,” he stated.

In addition, some argue that Jorgensen and the Libertarian Party siphoned essential votes from Trump and finally elected Biden. 

But neither get together has ever earned a single electoral vote, besides in 1972, when Libertarian candidate John Hospers obtained the first and solely electoral vote in the get together’s historical past — even when it wasn’t entirely earned.

Libertarians have additionally proven the means to get on all 50 state ballots, a feat the Green Party hasn’t achieved but.

Nevertheless, Green Party National co-chair Ahmed Eltouny is assured {that a} third-party candidate will emerge victorious in 2024.   

“Trump got a lot of these people who felt disenfranchised to go out and vote, and it wasn’t important how qualified Joe Biden was, because these were all votes against Trump,” he informed Insider. “But I do think that in 2024, it will definitely revert back to finding someone who’s anti-establishment.” 

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks.

“Run, Forrest, run!” 

The beloved American actor who portrayed the important character in the comedy-drama movie “Forrest Gump” would have instantaneous title identification if he sought the highest workplace in the land. In 2013, a Reader’s Digest ballot named Hanks the most trusted particular person in America.

Hanks, 66, has all the time been outspoken about his political beliefs. He has donated to Democrats, endorsed Barack Obama for president in 2008 and subsequently for reelection in 2012, and publicly supported Joe Biden in opposition to Trump in 2020. Hanks even narrated Biden’s presidential inauguration festivities.

Filmmaker Michael Moore reportedly twice asked Hanks to run for president in the previous, however was turned down each instances. 

But some individuals are hoping for a Dwayne Johnson/Tom Hanks ticket after the duo in 2017 joked a few White House bid on Saturday Night Live. And since Johnson stated he’ll run if “the people want it,” there might be at the least some reality beneath their comedy bit.

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie

Actress, movie director, and social activist Angelina Jolie is yet one more superstar who would possibly set her sights on profitable the presidency in 2024. 

Earlier this yr, Jolie attended an occasion at the White House the place Biden signed the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act laws — she is a vocal proponent. 

The 47-year-old Academy Award winner is a famous philanthropist and has served as a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees particular envoy.

In 2018, the actress and humanitarian hinted that she would possibly run for president.  

“I don’t know if I’m fit for politics, but then I’ve also joked that I don’t know if I have a skeleton left in my closet — I’m pretty open and out there, and I can take a lot on the chin,” she stated. “So that’s good. But I honestly will do whatever I think can really make change.”

Brock Pierce

Brock Pierce, CEO of Helios, speaks at the North American Bitcoin Conference held at the James L Knight Center on January 19, 2022 in Miami, Florida. The North American Bitcoin Conference was held over three days and brought together people to listen to people involved with on Bitcoin, NFTs, the Metaverse, Defi, DAOs, Stablecoins, Blockchain and more.

Cryptocurrency — a mere buzzword only a couple years in the past — is undoubtedly mainstream.

In 2024, voters might discover Bitcoin entrepreneur Brock Pierce’s title on the poll. Again.

Pierce ran for president in 2020 as an impartial however attracted little consideration. He obtained 49,700 votes nationwide, with not fairly half coming from voters in New York, in accordance to records compiled by the Federal Election Commission.

“We get divided into making a fear-based decision to vote for red or blue, and I want to show people there’s another way,” he in 2020 informed Insider.

“I can summarize why I’m running for office in one word: love. Love for this country, love for the American people at a time where that’s what we need,” he in 2020 told Darren Paltrowitz, host of the “Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz” podcast. 

Pierce is now operating for election to the US Senate to symbolize Vermont. But that does not imply he now not has ambitions for the presidency. He informed Paltrowitz in the similar interview that he’ll run for workplace once more.

“I’m running all the way through to 2024,” he stated.

Howard Stern

Howard Stern

The self-described “king of all media” stated if Trump turns into the Republican nominee in 2024, he’ll “beat his ass.”

On his SiriusXM present, Stern acknowledged his plans to run for president, including that when elected, he’ll work to get rid of the Electoral College. 

“I’m actually gonna probably have to run for president now,” Stern stated. “I went into a long-winded speech over the weekend to Robin [last name, his co-host] about how I am going to do the very simple thing that’ll set the country straight: One vote, one person, no more of this Electoral College.”

If he recordsdata to run for president in 2024, it would not be Stern’s first time operating for public workplace.

Stern beforehand ran for governor of New York in 1994 as a Libertarian however dropped out of the race after refusing to disclose his private funds — one thing that the multi-millionaire would have to do as a presidential candidate.

Dave Smith

Comedian Dave Smith performs at The Stress Factory Comedy Club on December 29, 2010 in New Brunswick, New Jersey

Smith, a comic and staunch Libertarian, is setting his sights on a 2024 presidential bid. If elected, he’d be the first skilled comic to occupy the Oval Office.

The 40-year-old host of “Part of the Problem” podcast is a outstanding member of the Mises Caucus, which won control of the Libertarian Party in May at the get together’s nationwide conference in Reno, when board member Angela McArdle received the Libertarian National Committee chair election with over 69% of the vote. Smith frequently seems as a political commentator on Fox News and The Joe Rogan Experience. 

“I really don’t want to, but a lot of people here want me to and I understand why they do,” he told libertarian journal Reason. “I like what I’m doing. But I think I could do something and create something really cool. A cool moment for this cause.”

This article was initially revealed on August 6, 2022, and up to date to embrace new developments.

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