Kanye West appeared to reverse his beliefs on abortion at his first campaign event in South Carolina, saying that ‘abortion should be legal in 2020.’ He also revealed his dad ‘wanted to abort’ him.
Kanye West, 43, has held his first campaign event after announcing his 2020 bid for the presidency. The rapper spoke to a group of attendees at the Exquis Event Center in North Charleston on July 19, where he tearfully admitted that he “almost” aborted his daughter North West, 7, with wife Kim Kardashian, 39, in 2012. “I almost killed my daughter…My girlfriend called me screaming, crying. I’m a rapper. And she said I’m pregnant. She was crying,” he explained, noting that he was in Paris at the time. “Even if my wife were to divorce me after this speech, she brought North into this world, when I did not want to,” he said.
During the lengthy talk, Kanye also reversed his previous anti-abortion stance. “In 2020, abortion should be legal,” the Jesus Is King rapper said. “My stance is not to make abortion illegal at all. It should always be legal but there should be an option of maximum increase,” he added, defining maximum increase as, “everybody that has a baby gets a million dollars, or something.”
The Chicago native went on to reveal that his father Ray West wanted to abort him in 1976 — but his mom Donda “saved” him. “My mom saved my life. My dad wanted to abort me…There would have been no Kanye West because my dad was too busy,” he said. Kanye wore a bullet-proof best for the event, and sported the numbers “2020” on the back of his head.
Kanye held his first campaign event in South Carolina. Image: MEGA
The event was open to “registered guests” who signed up at Kanye’s new campaign site –kanye2020.country — and all attendees were asked to sign a COVID-19 liability release form, social distance and wear a mask, according to ABC. Earlier in the day, he tweeted a link for a petition to “put Kanye West on the Ballot in South Carolina” as the July 20 deadline to file signatures as an independent candidate looms.
It comes just two weeks after Kanye’s surprise announcement on the Fourth of July that he was running for president. Shortly after re