American rapper and (self-described) 2020 Presidential Candidate, Kanye West took the stage Sunday night in South Carolina for his first campaign rally. 

West tweeted on July 4 announcing his presidential run. On the 15th, his political advisor told New York Magazine he is no longer running due to the difficulty of getting on the ballots. Now, West is holding rallies and has seemed to double down on his candidacy. He is not a part of the Republican or Democratic parties, instead running as a part of the “Birthday Party.”

Who doesn’t like birthday parties? 

In a shocking turn of events, the rallies are peculiar and controversial. West has come under media fire after criticizing Harriet Tubman saying she “never actually freed the slaves. She just had the slaves go work for other white people.” Tubman escaped slavery, worked to transport others to freedom in the north, and fought in the Union Army.

History.com set the record straight.After the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman Led a Brazen Civil War Raid. … As a soldier and spy for the Union Army during the Civil War, Tubman became the first woman to lead an armed military operation in the United States in what is known as the Combahee Ferry Raid.”

Wow.  Okay so obviously he delivered some “misinformed” comments at the rally.

But, he also had a moment of truth-telling, about his own life.  

West tearfully announced he wanted to abort his first child, North. If it were not for his wife, Kim Kardashian, North would not be alive today. She called West and told him, “We are going to have this baby.” God changed his mind, West claims. 

“So even if my wife were to divorce me after this speech, she brought North into the world, even when I didn’t want to,” West said. “She stood up, and she protected that child.” 

West sobbed out the words, “I almost killed my daughter.”

North was born in 2013. Now, Kim and Kanye have 4 children

But then, Kanye explained that his own father urged Donda West (Kanye’s mother) to terminate her pregnancy. “My dad wanted to abort me. My mom saved my life,” West said. “There would have been no Kanye West, because my dad was too busy.”

West announced he would keep abortion legal, but incentivise having children through what he called, “maximum increase.” According to this plan, couples would receive something in the range of “one million dollars” for having children. 

Whether or not West will be able to get on the ballots for most states is still unclear. He needs thousands of signatures, and is running out of time. Plus as a person who cares about the deficit, I do not endorse giving every parent a cool million bucks.

Obviously.

I love Kanye, and — along with the rest of America — I’m not quite sure what he’s doing as a supposed 2020 Presidential campaign.  But the man had an honest moment about abortion, and — in a culture that so devalues black lives in the womb — it’s a message we should remember.

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Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.