20th July 2020
United States rapper, producer, fashion designer, and business billionaire Kanye West recently shocked the world by announcing his decision to join the presidential race for the November 2020 elections.
Whilst information is sparse on his stance on certain policies and not much else is known about his "Birthday Party", West nonetheless is due to make an appearance on the ballots despite missing many major state deadlines for registering independent presidential candidates.
Most recently, West held an invite-only rally where he donned a bullet-proof jacked marked "security" and had the numbers 2020 shaved onto the back of his head.
Wests' hour-long speech was filled with rants about abortion, pornography, and arguments about policy with attendees.
Held at a wedding and convention venue in Charleston, South Carolina, West showed his feelings against abortion describing how he at one point wanted his wife, Kim Kardashian-West, to get an abortion when she was pregnant with North, their oldest daughter.
He also revealed that his father had planned to abort him but, his mother "saved his life."
"My dad wanted to abort me. My mum saved my life. There would've been no Kanye West because my dad was too busy," he tearfully said.
Later West confessed: "I almost killed my daughter! I almost killed my daughter!" bursting into tears again.
The rant segment that caused West's speech to go viral on social media included the quote: "Harriet Tubman never actually freed the slaves, she just had the slaves go work for other white people," which he said about economic inequality between black and white people.
Keep in mind that Tubman was a political activist who escaped from slavery and subsequently made some 13 missions to rescue approximately 70 enslaved people, including family and friends, using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad.
Many people on social media were outraged over the statement, yet many more showed concern for West's mental health.
"People with mental health issues don’t always say the correct things all the time. It doesn’t mean they’re racist or misogynistic. Judging them on these standards of speech when they need help is cruel. We should really just encourage Kanye West to get some help with compassion," tweeted former Vanderbilt resident physician Dr. Eugene Gu.
There have not been any reports of a follow-up rally however, West has at least three months left to catch up to his political-giant rivals.