Kanye West said at a campaign event for his bid for the presidency that women in Africa should receive a million dollars for each child.
West was speaking at a rally in North Charleston, South Carolina Sunday.
Despite reports that he had dropped from the presidential race, West showed he was still campaigning for the office. He missed registration deadlines in some states to appear on the November ballot, but he is hoping to secure votes as a write-in candidate in those states.
At the rally Sunday, West said he supported legal abortion, but noted that he also believed women who carry their baby to term should be given funds. He said Israel could fund a program in Africa where “everybody that has a baby gets a million dollars, or something in that range.”
“We will fund it with other countries,” West added. “America with other continents. There are Israeli continents that do not believe in this. There are African continents that do not believe in this.”
Despite previously stating that he supports legalized abortion, West later asserted that he is pro-life.
“My mom saved my life,” West said, according to Rolling Stone. “My dad wanted to abort me. My mom saved my life. There would’ve been no Kanye West because my dad was too busy.”
West then added that he initially encouraged his wife, Kim Kardashian West, to abort their first child, North West. “I almost killed my daughter,” West said as tears streamed down his face.
West also discussed other issues at the event, saying he supports investing in agriculture and also supports gun ownership rights to keep Americans from being “enslaved” by China and other countries. He also said marijuana “should be free” and that Harriet Tubman “never actually freed the slaves.”
“She just had them work for other white people,” he said.
West’s campaign team is expected to announce more details of upcoming rallies and meetings for West’s presidential bid.
Previously, West had been a supporter of President Donald Trump, but in early July, he told a reporter that he was “taking the red hat off.”
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