Kanye West held hist first presidential campaign in South Carolina on Sunday and it turned into an emotional political rollercoaster for friends and foes alike.
West, running under a third party banner of the “Birthday Party,” broke down during an emotional story of how his father almost had him aborted because he was “too busy.”
“My mom saved my life. My dad wanted to abort me,” he said with tearful eyes, as the New York Daily News reports. “There would have been no Kanye West. Because my dad was too busy.”
The music mogul shared that he too battled with the decision to abort his first child with Kim Kardashian West, North West.
“She had the pills in her hand,” the 43-year-old rapper said via New York Daily News. “I almost killed my daughter.”
“No more plan B, plan A,” he added.
West admitted this information was not publically known and that his wife could be bothered by his sharing it.
“So even if my wife were to divorce me after this speech, she brought North into this world,” he said. “She stood up and protected that child.”
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According to the report, at least one member of the audience comforted Kanye.
“We love you Kanye,” the supporter yelled.
Reuters reports West said, however, that abortion should be kept legal. He argued Christians could continue to follow God’s law regardless of what the government chooses to legalize.
“The only thing that can free us is by obeying the rules that were given to us for a promised land,” he said. “Abortion should be legal because guess what? The law is not by God anyway, so what is legality?”
The Associated Press reports West held the event in the swing state of South Carolina due to its importance in the general election but also due to a deadline on Monday (at noon) for him to appear on the state’s ballot.
“West needed to collect 10,000 signatures by noon Monday to appear on the South Carolina ballot, according to state law,” the Associated Press reports. “The entertainer tweeted out a list of locations around the Charleston area where petitions could be signed.”
The report adds: “West missed the deadline to qualify for the ballot in several states, and it was unclear if he was willing or able to collect enough signatures required to qualify in others. Last week, he qualified to appear on Oklahoma’s presidential ballot, the first state where he met the requirements before the filing deadline.”