Kanye West held his first campaign rally in Charleston, South Carolina, two weeks after announcing his 2020 presidential run.
West appeared in front of a small crowd of fans at the Exquis Event Center, wearing a bulletproof vest and “2020” shaved into his hairline. During his rambling speech, which lasted for over an hour, West made bizarre and controversial comments,
“Harriet Tubman never actually freed the slaves, she just had them work for other white people.”
West expressed his thoughts on Planned Parenthood and abortion, and broke down in tears after revealing very personal experiences involving his late mother Donda West and his wife Kim Kardashian West, who gave birth to daughter North in 2013 before the couple wed in 2014,
“In the Bible, it says, ‘Thou shall not kill.’ I remember that my girlfriend called me screaming and crying, and I was just thinking, because at that time I was a rapper I was out there, [had] different girlfriends and everything… and she said,
‘I’m pregnant.’ And I said, ‘Yes!’ And then I said, ‘Uh oh.’ “
“She was crying… and for one month and two months and three months, we talked about her not having this child. She had the pills in her hand.”
West recalled sitting in a Paris apartment, where he said he had a revelation from God to keep the child.
“I’m in the apartment where my wife was actually robbed, and I have my laptop up and I have all of my creative ideas, I’ve got my shoes, I’ve got my next song cover… and the screen went black and white,” he recalled. “And God said, ‘If you f— with my vision I’m gonna f— with yours.’ And I called my wife and she said, ‘We’re gonna have this baby,’ and I said ‘We’re gonna have this child.’ “
“Even if my wife wants to divorce me after this speech she brought North into the world even when I didn’t want to.
She stood up and she protected that child. You know who else protected a child? 43 years ago, who do you think protected a child?
My mom saved my life. My dad wanted to abort me. My mom saved my life, there would have been no Kanye West because my dad was too busy.”
Reflecting on his own family with Kardashian West, with whom he also shares sons Saint, 4, and Psalm, 1, and 2-year-old daughter Chicago, West screamed,
“I almost killed my daughter! I almost killed my daughter! I love my daughter!”
Also during his talk, West said if he was elected to office, he would get rid of Plan B, an emergency contraceptive that helps prevent pregnancy within 72 hours after unprotected sex. His comment was received with several groans from the audience.
Also at the rally, during which he spoke about his past relationship with Amber Rose, his Adidas partnership and gun laws, West addressed criticism he has faced since announcing his bid.
“The most racist thing that has ever been said out loud is the idea that if Kanye West runs for president, I’m going to split the Black votes.”
I don’t give a fuck if I win the presidency or not… I am in service to God. God has a plan for us and his people to be finally free. Trump, Biden, or Kanye West cannot free us.”
The South Carolina rally was his first campaign event since announcing his bid for the presidency in a brief tweet on the Fourth of July.