Kanye West was scattered and volatile during his first campaign event.
Just when it seemed Kanye West‘s presidential hopes were being squashed by deadlines and fairly standard paperwork, the rapper appears to have found a way. In fact, at 5pm EST today, West took the stage for his first campaign rally in South Carolina. And it was nothing short of a fucking mess.
According to reports from Politico and ABC News, the rally took place at Charleston’s Exquis Event Center. Though he was quiet about the rally, West managed to gather about 100 people for his campaign starter. But they were far from devout Yeezyites. Throughout the hour-long event, West was scattered and volatile, ranting and rambling over his anti-abortion stance (“There would have been no Kanye West, because my dad was too busy… I almost killed my daughter,”) the second amendment (“Shooting guns are fun,”) Harriet Tubman (who he believes sent black people to work for other white slave owners,) and cannabis, which he admitted to smoking the night before and promised to give away for free should he be elected (silver lining?) There was lots of booing, jeering, and audible astonishment at West’s tone and messaging. At one point, he even had a heckler removed from the audience. It’s also worth noting that West was wearing a bulletproof vest during the rally and had “2020” cut into his hair.
The event was for “registered guests only,” urging prospective attendees to sign up via a new campaign site. Guests were also required to observe social distancing protocols, (they did not,) wear masks (also, mostly absent,) and sign a COVID-19 liability waiver, prohibiting them from filing suit against West or his campaign should they contract the disease at his rally.
Earlier in the week, West directed voters to a number of locations across South Carolina, asking them to request his addition to the presidential ballot. It’s unclear whether he fished his wish, but he’ll appear on at least one state’s stub in November after successfully registering in Oklahoma.
It’s a lot to parse through and the audiovisual quality isn’t doing anyone any favors on that front. But you can watch Kanye’s full campaign rally above.