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Kanye West holds first presidential campaign rally

Rapper Kanye West holds his first rally in support of his presidential bid in North Charleston, South Carolina, July 19, 2020. In his first rally for his last-minute presidential campaign, West ranted against abortion and pornography, argued policy with attendees and at one point broke down in tears. REUTERS/Randall Hill

Rapper Kanye West holds his first rally in support of his presidential bid in North Charleston, South Carolina, July 19, 2020. In his first rally for his last-minute presidential campaign, West ranted against abortion and pornography, argued policy...more

Rapper Kanye West holds his first rally in support of his presidential bid in North Charleston, South Carolina, July 19, 2020. In his first rally for his last-minute presidential campaign, West ranted against abortion and pornography, argued policy with attendees and at one point broke down in tears. REUTERS/Randall Hill
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West, 43, a former supporter of President Donald Trump who has left voters befuddled over whether his campaign is genuine or a publicity stunt to help sell albums or merchandise, delivered rambling remarks during the event at a Charleston, South Carolina, wedding venue and convention center. REUTERS/Randall Hill

West, 43, a former supporter of President Donald Trump who has left voters befuddled over whether his campaign is genuine or a publicity stunt to help sell albums or merchandise, delivered rambling remarks during the event at a Charleston, South...more

West, 43, a former supporter of President Donald Trump who has left voters befuddled over whether his campaign is genuine or a publicity stunt to help sell albums or merchandise, delivered rambling remarks during the event at a Charleston, South Carolina, wedding venue and convention center. REUTERS/Randall Hill
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The event, which was livestreamed on YouTube and carried on local television stations, did little to clarify whether West is genuinely attempting to win the presidency. The campaign he launched with a July 4 tweet has already missed several deadlines to appear on key state ballots. REUTERS/Randall Hill

The event, which was livestreamed on YouTube and carried on local television stations, did little to clarify whether West is genuinely attempting to win the presidency. The campaign he launched with a July 4 tweet has already missed several deadlines...more

The event, which was livestreamed on YouTube and carried on local television stations, did little to clarify whether West is genuinely attempting to win the presidency. The campaign he launched with a July 4 tweet has already missed several deadlines to appear on key state ballots. REUTERS/Randall Hill
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In remarks that lasted just over an hour, he denounced abortion, swore, called on random members to speak, appeared to be putting forward policy proposals on the fly, and made comments that left even those in attendance muttering in disbelief. "Harriet Tubman never actually freed the slaves. She just had the slaves work for other white people," he said at one point when discussing economic inequality.

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In remarks that lasted just over an hour, he denounced abortion, swore, called on random members to speak, appeared to be putting forward policy proposals on the fly, and made comments that left even those in attendance muttering in disbelief....more

In remarks that lasted just over an hour, he denounced abortion, swore, called on random members to speak, appeared to be putting forward policy proposals on the fly, and made comments that left even those in attendance muttering in disbelief. "Harriet Tubman never actually freed the slaves. She just had the slaves work for other white people," he said at one point when discussing economic inequality. REUTERS/Randall Hill
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At times, he even seemed to suggest he was more interested in disseminating a message than winning the presidency. "Freedom does not come from an election. The freedom comes from you not loading up the pornography. The freedom comes from you not taking the Percocet," he said at one point. REUTERS/Randall Hill

At times, he even seemed to suggest he was more interested in disseminating a message than winning the presidency. "Freedom does not come from an election. The freedom comes from you not loading up the pornography. The freedom comes from you not...more

At times, he even seemed to suggest he was more interested in disseminating a message than winning the presidency. "Freedom does not come from an election. The freedom comes from you not loading up the pornography. The freedom comes from you not taking the Percocet," he said at one point. REUTERS/Randall Hill
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A supporter holds a sign while waiting in line for the rally. REUTERS/Randall Hill

A supporter holds a sign while waiting in line for the rally. REUTERS/Randall Hill

A supporter holds a sign while waiting in line for the rally. REUTERS/Randall Hill
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West appeared on stage with "2020" shaved into the back of his head and wearing what appeared to be a military-style vest. He argued that abortion should be legal but heavily discouraged, suggesting he would promote a policy as president that anyone who gives birth to a child be given $1 million "or something in that family." REUTERS/Randall Hill

West appeared on stage with "2020" shaved into the back of his head and wearing what appeared to be a military-style vest. He argued that abortion should be legal but heavily discouraged, suggesting he would promote a policy as president that anyone...more

West appeared on stage with "2020" shaved into the back of his head and wearing what appeared to be a military-style vest. He argued that abortion should be legal but heavily discouraged, suggesting he would promote a policy as president that anyone who gives birth to a child be given $1 million "or something in that family." REUTERS/Randall Hill
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A worker prepares the stage. West referred to the Bible and Christian teachings multiple times, and broke down in tears at one point while describing how he was nearly aborted by his parents. "The only thing that can free us is by obeying the rules that were given to us for a promised land," he said. "Abortion should be legal because guess what? The law is not by God anyway, so what is legality?" REUTERS/Randall Hill

A worker prepares the stage. West referred to the Bible and Christian teachings multiple times, and broke down in tears at one point while describing how he was nearly aborted by his parents. "The only thing that can free us is by obeying the rules...more

A worker prepares the stage. West referred to the Bible and Christian teachings multiple times, and broke down in tears at one point while describing how he was nearly aborted by his parents. "The only thing that can free us is by obeying the rules that were given to us for a promised land," he said. "Abortion should be legal because guess what? The law is not by God anyway, so what is legality?" REUTERS/Randall Hill
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Rapper Kanye West brings people onto the stage for questions. The event carried few similarities with typical polished candidate events. The venue appeared to lack audience microphones, so West repeatedly told the crowd to be silent so audience members he called on could be heard. REUTERS/Randall Hill

Rapper Kanye West brings people onto the stage for questions. The event carried few similarities with typical polished candidate events. The venue appeared to lack audience microphones, so West repeatedly told the crowd to be silent so audience...more

Rapper Kanye West brings people onto the stage for questions. The event carried few similarities with typical polished candidate events. The venue appeared to lack audience microphones, so West repeatedly told the crowd to be silent so audience members he called on could be heard. REUTERS/Randall Hill
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A participant uses a selfie stick to get a closer look. REUTERS/Randall Hill

A participant uses a selfie stick to get a closer look. REUTERS/Randall Hill

A participant uses a selfie stick to get a closer look. REUTERS/Randall Hill
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Rapper Kanye West holds his first presidential rally. REUTERS/Randall Hill

Rapper Kanye West holds his first presidential rally. REUTERS/Randall Hill

Rapper Kanye West holds his first presidential rally. REUTERS/Randall Hill
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A young supporter wears a Kanye t-shirt. REUTERS/Randall Hill

A young supporter wears a Kanye t-shirt. REUTERS/Randall Hill

A young supporter wears a Kanye t-shirt. REUTERS/Randall Hill
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An attendee gets his temperature taken. REUTERS/Randall Hill

An attendee gets his temperature taken. REUTERS/Randall Hill

An attendee gets his temperature taken. REUTERS/Randall Hill
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Rapper Kanye West holds his first presidential campaign rally. REUTERS/Randall Hill

Rapper Kanye West holds his first presidential campaign rally. REUTERS/Randall Hill

Rapper Kanye West holds his first presidential campaign rally. REUTERS/Randall Hill
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Kanye West gestures to the crowd. REUTERS/Randall Hill

Kanye West gestures to the crowd. REUTERS/Randall Hill

Kanye West gestures to the crowd. REUTERS/Randall Hill
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Kanye West holds his first presidential campaign rally. REUTERS/Randall Hill

Kanye West holds his first presidential campaign rally. REUTERS/Randall Hill

Kanye West holds his first presidential campaign rally. REUTERS/Randall Hill
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