Kanye West said he was running for President in the November US elections.
The rapper, fashion designer and brainchild of Yeezy, began his first presidential campaign event in North Charleston, South Carolina, on Sunday evening.
His speech touched on his battle with opioids, his business dealings with Adidas before elaborating on his pro-life stance. He broke into tears talking about what he said was his father’s desire to abort him, and his wife having their first child “even when I didn’t want to”.
“I almost killed my daughter. I love my daughter. … God wants us to create,” said West, who has four children with socialite and businesswoman Kim Kardashian West.
Kanye West clarified that he thinks abortion should be legal, but that there should be more support for those who need it.
“The maximum increase would be everybody that has a baby gets a million dollars or something in that range,” West said.
Kanye West, officially a billionaire, had a noon Monday deadline to submit 10,000 petition signatures to appear on the ballot but failed to do so, said South Carolina Election Commission spokesperson Chris Whitmire, Politico reported.
Kanye West, who announced his White House Presidential campaign on the Fourth of July, filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission, listing “BDY” — the Birthday Party — as his party affiliation.
Last week, Kanye West paid the US$35,000 registration fee to be on the ballot in Oklahoma. He will need to be on the ballot in several more states to be able to reach the 270 electoral votes necessary to win the presidency.
The 43-year-old Kanye West’s late entry to the campaign trail comes as former Vice President Joe Biden leads US President Donald Trump by 9 percentage points, according to the RealClearPolitics polling average. West has not registered in any major polls, even among voters opposed to Trump or Biden.