Kanye West is once more trending and of course, the news isn’t favorable and barely something we wish to cover—yet here we are. In his first Presidential rally, the Chicago producer and designer put on his tapdancing shoes and went off on a signature rambling rant that somehow mirrors his terrible take that slavery was a choice.
News of the rally quickly hit the Internets, and it was held indoors at the Exquis Event Center in North Charleston in South Carolina. Wearing a bulletproof vest and standing in front of an American Flag, the private, standing-room-only event did not seem COVID-19 compliant, nor did West have a microphone or podium to promote distance between him and the crowd.
Among many head-turning moments during the rally, West got a poor reaction from attendees after saying that Harriet Tubman’s heroic acts as part of the Underground Railroad movement to free captive slaves was actually a ploy. Per Yeezy, she didn’t actually free any slaves.
“Harriet Tubman never actually freed the slaves, she just had the slaves go work for other white people,” West is heard saying while the crowd reacted negatively.
The attendees did wear masks but social distancing was not observed by those angling for photos and video footage, and all at the event signed a COVID-19 liability waiver should it any of them contract the virus.
West then went into a mini-rant about the discussion him and his current wife Kim Kardashian West had regarding their eldest child, North, and how they nearly considered an abortion. Becoming emotional, West tearfully exclaimed, “I almost killed my daughter” while also recalling that his mother, the late Dr. Donda West, considered terminating her pregnancy.
From there, West seemed to suggest that divorce was a possibility for him although he praised his wife for carrying their daughter North West to term. With the Birthday Party candidate’s rally in the rearview, fans on Twitter are distancing themselves further from West and his suddenly revived campaign that has the potential to be a non-starter if this rally is any indication.
We’ll share reactions from Twiter below.
why is kanye crying in a bullet proof vest screaming i almost killed my daughter pic.twitter.com/bOOCZ3Uj19— Young Black Jesus (@Zeekncashe) July 19, 2020
After Watching Kanye West’s Presidential Rally 😂🤦🏾♂️😭 pic.twitter.com/F9F2C7OV4N— Lyles World 🌎 (@lylezworld) July 19, 2020
Kanye West brought his black ass to Charleston, South Carolina, home of one of the biggest slave trade ports, home of MULTIPLE slave museums full of history of our ancestors, and fixed his self hating ass mouth to say Harriet Tubman only freed slaves to work for white ppl I- pic.twitter.com/UbtMFx2ElW— LIYAH (@LiyahMonee) July 19, 2020
Kanye West is not well and going to his rally is as wrong as it would be to get tickets to watch a wounded man bleed on the street.— jelani cobb (@jelani9) July 19, 2020
Kanye West talking about Harriet Tubman. pic.twitter.com/ubdOZbQG3Z— In My Mind (@MeAloneInMyMind) July 19, 2020
We hope Kanye West gets the help he needs.... pic.twitter.com/aMLufRhnEG— BallerAlert (@balleralert) July 19, 2020
Kanye West is having some type of .... I don’t even think I’m allowed to say “Breakdown” in 2020. https://t.co/4SMqYQjm98— KEEM 🍿 (@KEEMSTAR) July 19, 2020
Wholesome ending between Kanye and Jordan ❤️— Phella (@PhellaDaFam) July 19, 2020
What the media won't show you: pic.twitter.com/yGXyFugzvV
At his Anti-Black campaign rally in South Carolina, Kanye West stated that “Harriet Tubman never freed slaves, she helped slaves work for other white people.”— Ryan Guillory Sr. 💫💫 🇺🇸 (@Mr_RyanGuillory) July 19, 2020
Never expect any logical support from celebrities. They're disconnected from the people and history. pic.twitter.com/U2ekZL2LpI
Kanye West: “Harriet Tubman didn’t free the slaves.”— Mrs. Krassenstein (@HKrassenstein) July 19, 2020
Donald Trump: Let’s not put Harriet Tubman on a $20 bill right now.
Joe Biden: “We hunger for liberty the way Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass did.”
There is only one real choice in November.
I let go of Kanye West years ago. I invite y’all to join me over here. Far less stressful.— Shanita Hubbard (@msshanitarenee) July 19, 2020
Kanye West needs professional help, and the people that are in his life right now clearly don’t care about him at all.— Colb (@___Colb___) July 19, 2020
Just watched the videos of Kanye West on the “campaign trail.” This is really scary stuff. I pray he gets the support and help that he needs and deserves.— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) July 19, 2020