Rapper and clothing designer, Kanye West broke down in tears at his first campaign event on Sunday in South Carolina for his presidential run.
West teased the event after taking to social media on Saturday expressing his hope to acquire signatures to get on the ballot in the state. “Hi guys please sign up to put me on the ballot in South Carolina at any of these locations,” West wrote, sharing a list of locations. “You can also sign up at the website kanye2020.country.”
Dressed in a bulletproof vest and “2020” shaved into his hair, West made an outrageous claim about abolitionist Harriet Tubman, claimed his brain was too big for his skull and broke down while talking about abortion.
Standing on stage, West, 43, spoke without a microphone as he detailed an incident that allegedly took place shortly after his then girlfriend, Kim Kardashian called him “screaming and crying” to reveal she was pregnant with their first child.
He told the crowd: “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.
“I was having the rapper’s lifestyle. I was sitting up in Paris, and I had my leather pants on and I had my laptop up and I got all of my creative ideas.
“And the screen went black and white and God said, ‘if you f*ck with my vision I’m going to f*ck with yours’.
“And I called my wife and she said, ‘We’re gonna have this baby’. I said, ‘We’re gonna have this child’. So even if my wife were to divorce me after this speech, she brought North into the world when I didn’t want to. She stood up and she protected that child.”
West sounded off on multiple other topics, ranging from social media to religion to his Adidas deal. The reaction of the crowd ranged from sympathy to disgust at various points.
The surprise rally was held at the Exquis Event Center in North Charleston and was “for registered guests only.” According to reports, all attendees were asked to sign a COVID-19 liability release form, social distance and wear a mask.
West’s first rally comes shortly after the rapper announced on the Fourth of July that he planned to run for president in 2020.