COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Rapper Kanye West, in his first show since declaring himself a presidential nominee, made the accusations against historic man Harriet Tubeman on Sunday, saying that the underground railroad conductor “never actually freed slaves.” Didn’t, he only worked for them. Blondes, “comments who shout protests from some of the crowd.
West presented a long monologue in North Charleston, South Carolina, before the crowd talking on topics ranging from abortion and religion to international trade and licensing deals. Whether or not he is actually demanding the country’s highest post is a question.
Tubman is one of America’s most respected figures of the 19th century. An African American who survived slavery, he helped black men and women travel north to independence and fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War. He later became a supporter of women’s suffrage.
On abortion, West said that while he believes it should be legal, financial incentives to help struggling mothers may be a way to discourage the practice.
“Every single child gets one million dollars,” he said as an example.
Wearing a protective vest and with “2020” shaved in his head, entertainers appeared on the livestream of the event. Several hundred people gathered at a place where gospel music played before the West’s presence.
The incident was reportedly only for registered guests, although there was no registration or RSVP information on a campaign website.
Speaking without a microphone, West became turbulent at one time talking about his mother, who died in 2007 following plastic surgery complications.
West missed the deadline to qualify for voting in several states, and it was unclear whether he was ready or able to collect enough signatures to qualify in others. Last week he qualified The first state where they met the requirements before the filing deadline, to appear on the ballot of the President of Oklahoma.
By state law, West was required to collect 10,000 signatures by Monday afternoon to appear on the South Carolina ballot. The entertainer tweeted a list of places around the Charleston area, where petitions can be signed. The email to an address associated with the campaign did not return Sunday afternoon.
West, who married reality star Kim Kardashian West, initially announced her candidacy on July 4.
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