Kanye West officially launched his campaign for the 2020 U.S. presidential election, with an unorthodox demonstration in Charleston, South Carolina.
West, 43, is running for his “Birthday party”.
Fans wondered if his last-minute bid for the White House is actually a promotional stunt.
The Charleston rally did little to clarify if his run is genuine. But a now deleted tweet sent from West Saturday’s account, which appears to be showing the track list for a new album, has been added to speculation.
The event, which was held in a wedding and conference room in the city, was said to be open only to registered guests, but the West campaign website had no function for people to register or RSVP.
What did Kanye West say at the rally?
West appeared with “2020” shaved in the back of his head and wearing a safety vest, and addressed the crowd gathered without a microphone.
There weren’t even microphones for the audience, leading West to repeatedly tell the crowd to keep quiet so he could hear the questions asked.
At one point he started to cry when he talked about the abortion, saying that his parents had almost aborted him: “There would be no Kanye West, because my father was too busy.”
He added: “I almost killed my daughter … even if my wife [Kim Kardashian West] I had to divorce myself after this talk, it brought North to the world, even when I didn’t want to. ”
However, he added that he believes abortion should remain legal, but there should be financial support for new mothers in need, suggesting that “everyone who has a baby gets a million dollars”.
“The only thing that can free us is to obey the rules we have been given for a promised land,” he said. “Abortion should be legal because you guess what? The law isn’t from God anyway, so what is legality?”
At another time, he gave an improvised monologue about 19th century abolitionist Harriet Tubman.
“Harriet Tubman never actually freed the slaves, she just forced the slaves to work for other whites,” he said – a statement that raised public groans.
He also became full of tears when he spoke of his late mother, who died in 2007 from complications during cosmetic surgery.
Will Kanye West actually participate in state votes?
West, who announced his candidacy on July 4th, has already passed the deadline to qualify for voting in several states. He must collect enough signatures to appear on the vote in a number of others.
To report to the South Carolina ballot, he must collect 10,000 signatures by noon local time (6:00 pm BST) on Monday.