Kanye West’s run for president is continuing forward as he attempts to land on the presidential ballots in South Carolina and several other states prior to their deadlines. Over the weekend West made an impromptu campaign rally at the Exquis Event Center in North Charleston, South Carolina, where he spoke, allowed audience discourse and took questions for about an hour without a stage or microphone.
During the hour long event, West made a series of claims, including a notorious statement regarding Harriet Tubman; a notable slavery abolition figure who helped numerous runaway slaves escape to the north during the 19th century. “Harriet Tubman never actually freed the slaves. She just had the slaves work for other white people,” West stated during the rally.
The discussion then went on to focus on his domestic life, as West discussed his personal experiences with abortion, before breaking down and crying. West stated that his father wanted to have him aborted and that his mother “saved” him from the procedure. During the breakdown he also revealed that he debated aborting his own daughter, North West, before reconsidering.
Despite his breakdown, West appeared to have walked back on his earlier statements regarding an anti-abortion stance, stating that he believes it should be legal, but that everyone with a baby should be given a million dollars, to discourage the practice. While West admitted that he would not have the funding to enact this, he suggested that Israel and African countries may help support this proposal.
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In a bulletproof vest, with 2020 shaved on his head, #KanyeWest held a bizarre and combative “campaign rally” in Charleston today. He talked about Harriet Tubman (“Harriet Tubman never actually freed the slaves — she just had the slaves go work for other white people”) and at various points brought up George Soros, Mark Zuckerberg, and Steve Jobs. He talked about targeted social media advertising and his addiction to Percocet. At one point he burst into tears and screamed, recounting that both he and his father initially wanted their partners to have abortions. In fact his speech had a lot of anti-choice rhetoric, but at the end he backpedalled: “In 2020 abortion should be legal, but the option of ‘maximum increase’ should be available. ‘Maximum increase’ is everyone who has a baby gets a million dollars.” He also said that he has a 132 IQ and that he once “went to the hospital because my brain was too big for my skull.”
“In 2020 abortion should be legal, but the option of ‘maximum increase’ should be available,” West stated. “‘Maximum increase’ is everyone who has a baby gets a million dollars.”
According to the Daily Mail, West also stated that he wanted to talk to George Soros about building houses for the Black community and with Mark Zuckerberg to discuss internet connectivity in Africa. West’s tumultuous run has seen some results as he polled at 2 percent nationally after declaring his run. He is currently on the ballot in Oklahoma.