Kanye West’s road to the presidency began as he held his first campaign rally at the Exquis Event Center in North Charleston, South Carolina this past Sunday evening.
West took the stage for his first public rally in a bulletproof vest and “2020” shaved into the back of his head. He spoke on a myriad of topic including abortion, religion, licensing deals, social media, international trade, and more.
It was certainly an unusual event, but did you expect anything else from Kanye?
Here’s a look at five unreal moments from his first presidential campaign rally.
1. He didn’t use a microphone.
West took the makeshift stage as The O’Jays’ “Stairway to Heaven” played throughout the venue. Neither a podium nor a microphone was in sight, leaving one to wonder whether event organizers had forgotten to put one on stage.
It was a deliberate move on West’s part as he addressed the crowd without a microphone. "Moving forward we will be in rooms where the acoustics are absolutely incredible, because I will be involved next time," he said at the onset of his speech.
2. He claimed doctors are given awards for handing out the most medication.
Throughout his rally, West invited attendees up to the stage to ask questions. After a comment about healthcare, West spoke about his own experience being prescribed and addicted to painkillers.
"I stubbed my toe two years ago," West recalled. "I went to the doctor because I gotta Ye everything up... When I got there, five doctors asked me if I wanted pain medication. At the end of the year they give out awards to the people who have given out the most medication."
He did acknowledge the negative effect prescription painkillers can have on people adding “we are trapped in a loop. We are going to break that trap.”
3. He claimed Harriet Tubman never freed any slaves.
Perhaps the most shocking commentary West gave at his rally was regarding Harriet Tubman. Tubman is one of the most important figures in American history making 13 missions to rescue approximately 70 slaves after she had escaped slavery.
West claimed this is false. "Harriet Tubman actually never freed the slaves,” he said. “She just had the slaves go work for other white people.”
4. He wants to give everyone who has a baby $1 million.
West spoke about the need to support women who are pregnant and initially proposed giving $50,000 a year to help women take care of his child. Later on in the rally, he increased his financial assistance proposition.
"The option of maximum increase should be available," West said. "Maximum increase would be everybody that has a baby gets a million dollars, or something."
The comments came following an emotional address on the subject of abortion. West broke down in tears as he revealed: "My mom saved my life. My dad wanted to abort me. My mom saved my life. There would've been no Kanye West because my dad was too busy."
"I almost killed my daughter,” he said after revealing he initially wanted his wife Kim Kardashian to get an abortion prior to the birth of their first child.
5. If elected president, he would make legalize marijuana and make it free.
During the rally, West said that marijuana “would be legal and free” if he were elected president.
You can watch his rally in its entirety below.