Kanye West officially launched his presidential campaign in Charleston, South Carolina, and already the rapper in embroiled in controversies.
The event which was streamed live on youtube and carried on local stations was his first rally for his last-minute presidential campaign.
Kanye West ranted against abortion and pornography, argued policy with attendees, and at one point broke down in tears.
“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,”
West who appeared on stage with “2020” shaved into the back of his head and wearing what appeared to be a military-style vest also argued that abortion should be legal but heavily discouraged, suggesting he would promote a policy as president that anyone who gives birth to a child be given $1 million “or something in that family.”
He also referred to the Bible and Christian teachings multiple times and broke down in tears at one point while describing how he was nearly aborted by his parents.
“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?”
However, things got heated when he made controversial statements he said at one point when discussing economic inequality about American abolitionist and political activist, Late Harriet Tubman.
“Harriet Tubman never actually freed the slaves. She just had the slaves work for other white people,”.
African Americans present at the campaign threatened to leave to the rally for what he said.
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— H24 (@H24News_) July 20, 2020