Kanye West let emotions take over as he broke down in tears on Sunday at the chaotic launch of his unlikely campaign to oust Donald Trump as president in the upcoming November elections. Kanye gave a rambling speech in which he claimed that he had wanted his wife Kim Kardashian to get an abortion and ranted against historical figure Harriet Tubman saying she ‘never actually freed the slaves’.
Kanye’s speech went viral on social media and provoked confusion, anger and concern for the rapper’s mental health. Kanye told the event in Charleston, South Carolina, how he had wanted his wife to get an abortion when she was pregnant with their oldest daughter North. Talking about his parents, he burst into tears and said, “My dad wanted to abort me. My mom saved my life. There would've been no Kanye West because my dad was too busy." He later shouted, "I almost killed my daughter! I almost killed my daughter!"
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He credited Kim for standing up for their daughter and protecting her and said, “I called my wife and she said, we’re gonna have this baby. I said we’re gonna have this child … So even if my wife were to divorce me after this speech, she brought North into the world when I didn’t want to. She stood up and she protected that child.
He repeatedly referenced the terms of his deal with Adidas, his faith in God and racism and said, “Harriet Tubman never actually freed the slaves, she just had the slaves go work for other white people”. Tubman is one of the most respected figures of the 19th century America who escaped slavery and helped enslaved Black men and women travel north to freedom and fought for the Union during the Civil War. She later became a supporter of women’s voting rights.