In a lengthy speech to an audience in North Charleston, South Carolina on Sunday, the rapper touched on topics such as abortion, religion and international trade.
He said abortion should be legal but financial incentives for struggling mothers could reduce demand.
As an example, he said, “Everyone who has a baby gets a million dollars. ”
West cried as he described how he was nearly aborted by his parents.
He said, “The only thing that can set us free is to obey the rules that have been given to us for a promised land.
“Abortion should be legal because guess what? The law is not from God anyway, so what is legality? ”
Gospel music was played by hundreds of people before West came out with a protective vest and shaved “2020” on his head.
He talked about his mother, who died from complications from plastic surgery in 2007, and criticized civil rights figure Harriet Tubman who he said “never really freed the slaves, she just made them work for other whites ”.
This last comment sparked dissent from some members of 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 in 19th century America.
Where is, 43, had been a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump but he announced his own candidacy for the most senior position July 4, with billionaire Elon Musk among his early supporters.
At the time, West tweeted, “We must now fulfill America’s promise 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 announced a presidential candidacy.
The rapper – who would have a net worth valued at $ 1.3 billion (£ 1.05 billion) – told a crowd at a business festival in New York last year he would presidential candidate in 2024.
And at MTV Video Music Awards in 2015 West said he had “decided in 2020 to run for president.”
However, we still do not know if it is serious or if this is all a publicity stunt.
He has missed the deadline to qualify for voting in many states and no one knows if 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 before noon Monday to appear in South Carolina.