Presidential hopeful Kanye West suggests a million dollars for ‘everybody that has a baby’

Kanye West has suggested a payment of a million dollars for everyone who has a baby if he becomes the next US president.

In a lengthy speech to an audience in North Charleston, South Carolina, on Sunday, the rapper spoke about topics such as abortion, religion and international trade.

He said abortion should be legal but financial incentives for struggling mothers could lower the demand for it.

Kim Kardashian West, seen with Kanye West at Paris Fashion Week in March, has become a billionaire
Image:The rapper is married to reality TV star Kim Kardashian West

As an example, he said: “Everybody that has a baby gets a million dollars.”

West cried when describing how he was nearly aborted by his parents.

He said: “The only thing that can free us is by obeying the rules that were given to us for a promised land.

“Abortion should be legal because guess what? The law is not by God anyway, so what is legality?”

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Gospel music was played for the crowd of hundreds before West walked out wearing a protective vest and with “2020” shaved on his head.

He spoke about his mother, who died from complications of plastic surgery in 2007, and he criticised civil rights figure Harriet Tubman who he said “never actually freed the slaves she just had them work for other white people”.

The latter comment prompted shouts of dissent from some of those in the crowd.

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Tubman was an African American who helped enslaved black men and women escape to freedom. She remains a respected figure of 19th century America.

West, 43, had been a keen supporter of President Donald Trump but he announced his own candidacy for the top job on 4 July, with billionaire Elon Musk among his early supporters.

At the time West had tweeted: “We must now realise the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States.”

It was not the first time that West had announced a presidential bid.

The rapper – who is said to have a net worth valued at $1.3bn (£1.05bn) – told a crowd at a New York business festival last year that he would run for president in 2024.

And at MTV’s Video Music Awards in 2015, West said he had “decided in 2020 to run for president”.

However, it is still not clear whether he is serious or whether the whole thing is a publicity stunt.

He missed the deadline to qualify for the ballot in many states and nobody is sure whether he can get enough signatures to qualify in others.

He qualified last week to appear on the Oklahoma ballot but he needs 10,000 signatures by noon on Monday to appear in South Carolina.


— ye (@kanyewest) July 19, 2020

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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