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Kanye West kicked off the first event of his new presidential campaign in South Carolina, covering a myriad of subjects and getting emotional on the topic of abortions.
The 43-year-old rapper spoke without a microphone in a free-ranging speech held in North Charleston at the Exquis Event Center where “registered guests” listened to what was often a bizarre monologue that touched on everything from international trade and licensing to abortions, pornography and drug abuse.
Sobbing Kanye West reveals he stopped Kim Kardashian from aborting daughter North pic.twitter.com/IV70zPGFkb
— The Sun (@TheSun) July 20, 2020
Wearing what appeared to be a bulletproof vest and the number “2020” shaved into his head, the entertainer broke down when speaking about his mother and about how he and his wife Kim Kardashian West had once considered an abortion.
“I almost killed my daughter!” he told the crowd.
West revealed the personal details as he recounted how Kardashian “had the pills in her hand” after the couple had agonized about having the baby in 2013.
“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,.'” West said.
“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,” he continued.
He told the crowd how God spoke to him and reversed the plan and how they decided to go ahead with the pregnancy.
“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,” he said.
“You know who else protected a child? 43 years ago, who do you think protected a child?” West continued, getting emotional as he began to speak about his mother, who died in 2007 after complications following plastic surgery.
“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,” he said tearing up.
Kanye West: “My Mom saved my life. My Dad wanted to abort me … There would have been no Kanye West … I almost killed my daughter.” pic.twitter.com/wL0ynH0EXT
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) July 19, 2020
West covered other topics as well during the event that was live-streamed on Facebook.
“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 Percoset,” he reportedly said.
West, who has missed the deadline to qualify for the ballot in a few states, claimed that the National Basketball Association and Universal Music Group have no Black owners and raised sparked heated backlash online over his remarks about abolitionist Harriet Tubman when he spoke on economic equality.
Kanye literally just said “Harriet Tubman never frees the slaves, she just has the slaves go work for other white people”
— Really American 🇺🇸 (@ReallyAmerican1) July 19, 2020
“Harriet Tubman never actually freed the slaves, she just had them work for other white people,” he said, immediately prompting a wave of groans and pushback in the crowd.
Here’s more context to what Kanye said. pic.twitter.com/Xv4mMFYqeg
— Raury (@Raury) July 20, 2020
In one wild moment during the event, West called out someone in the crowd.
— Cale (@CaleJ11) July 20, 2020
He reportedly had demanded “absolute silence and absolute order” during the rally and at one point reprimanded the audience when they clapped, according to Variety. Attendees were reportedly asked to sign a COVID-19 liability release form, and expected to wear a mask as well as practice social distancing — which did not seem to be possible in the small venue.
West had tweeted out a list of locations around the area ahead of the rally in an effort to collect the needed 10,000 signatures by noon on Monday in order to appear on the ballot in South Carolina.
— ye (@kanyewest) July 18, 2020
He did qualify to appear on the presidential ballot in Oklahoma, and has listed his party as “BDP” in his Federal Election Commission filings, which stands for the “Birthday Party.”
West, who had been a vocal supporter of President Trump, also addressed the critics who have slammed his announced presidential bid during the rally.
“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,” he said.
“I don’t give a f— if I win the presidency or not… I am in service to God,” West added. “God has a plan for us and his people to be finally free. Trump, Biden, or Kanye West cannot free us.”
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