Kanye holds first Presidential rally in South Carolina

His at-times emotional speech included controversial comments.
July 20, 2020 11:31 a.m. EST
July 21, 2020 1:31 p.m. EST
<<enter caption here>> at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 1, 2015 in New York City. <<enter caption here>> at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 1, 2015 in New York City.
Kanye West’s questionable run for the highest political office in America (which seemingly started and stopped within 10 day but appears to be fully on) continued this weekend when he held a somewhat rambling, controversial presidential rally in South Carolina. He appeared to make policy proposals on the spot, made comments that elicited boos and walk-outs and got teary-eyed while speaking about abortion.On July 19, West appeared at the Exquis Event Center in North Charleston with the year “2020” shaved into the back of his head. Wearing a protective security vest, he addressed the crowd without a microphone and seemed to be speaking off the top of his head.“Harriet Tubman never actually freed the slaves, she just had the slaves go work for other white people,” he told the crowd to vocal reactions. He was, of course, referring to the woman who escaped a Maryland plantation in 1849 and returned to rescue other slaves via the underground railroad. She is presently one of the most respected and well-known figures of the Civil War. “Freedom does not come from an election. The freedom comes from you not loading up the pornography. The freedom comes from you not taking the Percocet,” West also said at one point. That wasn’t the only controversial statement West made. He got personal and opened up about his own experiences as a father and the moment he learned that Kim Kardashian was pregnant with his now seven-year-old daughter North West. "In the bible it says thou shalt not kill," he began. "I remember when my girlfriend [at the time] called me screaming and crying... . And I just thought to myself, 'Please don't tell me I gave Kim Kardashian AIDS.'"[video_embed id='1989882']RELATED: Kanye announces 2020 presidential run[/video_embed]When Kim told West that she was pregnant, he revealed that they had discussions about abortion. "And for one month, and two months and three months, we talked about her not having this child," he continued, adding that Kim had medication to end her pregnancy in her hand before they both changed their minds. “I said, 'We are going to have this child.' I know people who are 50 years old who don't have a child," he said, tearing up. "So even if my wife were 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."North West was born on June 15, 2013, and was the first of four children for the West-Kardashians. Saint West is now 4, Chicago West is 2, and Psalm West is almost a year-and-a-half. Kim and Kanye got married nearly a year after North’s birth in a Florence ceremony in May 2014.The rapper also revealed that he supports abortion, generally-speaking, after claiming to be pro-life in an interview with Forbes. “The only thing that can free us is by obeying the rules that were given to us for a promised land,” he said. “Abortion should be legal because guess what? The law is not by God anyway, so what is legality?” He then added that it would be better to deter mothers from abortion through other means. "Everybody that has a baby gets a million dollars," he suggested.West dug even deeper into his feelings on the matter when he revealed that his own mother, the late Donda West, almost had an abortion when she was pregnant with him. "Forty three years ago, who do you think protected a child? My mom saved my life," he added. "My dad wanted to abort me! My mom saved my life. There would have been no Kanye West."Kanye, whose speech came a day after he tweeted out a song list for what appeared to be a new album and then deleted it, announced his run for presidency in early July. Days later reports surfaced that he had supposedly dropped out, which no longer seems to be the case given the rally. According to the BBC, the event was said to be open to registered guests only, but the rapper’s official website had no spot for people to register or RSVP. Meanwhile, many fans are still speculating whether West is actually running, or if this is part of a publicity stunt.It’s unclear whether Kim was at the event on July 19 or her reaction to her husband’s erratic speech. When he initially announced his run, she retweeted his post with an American flag emoji, but has remained silent on his campaign for the past few days, choosing to focus on promoting her brands instead.Last year, West opened up about his mental health in an interview with David Letterman, revealing that he suffers from manic episodes related to his bipolar disorder, which he called his superpower on the song "Yikes" from his 2018 album, Ye.“You have this moment [where] you feel everyone wants to kill you. You pretty much don't trust anyone,” he told the host in the second season premiere of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. “When you're in this state, you're hyper-paranoid about everything, everyone," he explained. "This is my experience, other people have different experiences. Everyone now is an actor. Everything's a conspiracy. You feel the government is putting chips in your head. You feel you're being recorded. You feel all these things."The rapper continued: "I can just tell you what I'm feeling at the time, and I feel a heightened connection with the universe when I'm ramping up. It is a health issue. This — it's like a sprained brain, like having a sprained ankle. And if someone has a sprained ankle, you're not going to push on him more. With us, once our brain gets to a point of spraining, people do everything to make it worse."According to TMZ, West's family is extremely concerned and believes he is in the middle of a serious bipolar episode that requires professional intervention.[video_embed id='1995717']BEFORE YOU GO: dvsn are finding inspiration in the troubled times[/video_embed]

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