WASHINGTON—In his first rally for his last-minute presidential campaign, rapper Kanye West ranted against abortion and pornography, argued policy with attendees and at one point broke down in tears.
West, 43, a former supporter of President Donald Trump who has left voters befuddled over whether his campaign is genuine, or a publicity stunt to help sell albums or merchandise, or a tactic to draw black voters away from Biden and help Trump, delivered remarks during the event at a Charleston, South Carolina, wedding venue and convention center.
In remarks that lasted just over an hour, he denounced abortion, swore, called on random members to speak, appeared to be putting forward policy proposals on the fly, and made comments that left even those in attendance muttering in disbelief.
“Harriet Tubman never actually freed the slaves. She just had the slaves work for other white people,” he said at one point when discussing economic inequality.
The event, which was livestreamed on YouTube and carried on local television stations, did little to clarify whether West is genuinely attempting to win the presidency. The campaign he launched with a July 4 tweet has already missed several deadlines to appear on key state ballots.
At times, he even seemed to suggest he was more interested in disseminating a message than winning the presidency.
“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 said at one point.
West appeared on stage with “2020” shaved into the back of his head and wearing what appeared to be a military-style vest. He argued that abortion should be legal but heavily discouraged, suggRead More From Source