The rapper, 43, spoke to a crowd in North Charleston, South Carolina, on Sunday, July 19, two weeks after announcing his bid for the White House. During the rally, which was combative and at times emotional, West wore a bulletproof vest and had “2020” shaved in his hair.
In addition to his rambling speech, the Grammy winner raised eyebrows on social media for briefly mentioning Michael Jackson and Bill Cosby with a laugh, yelling at attendees who clapped while he was speaking and arguing with people in the room.
“That was extremely good. That was extremely bad,” West said at the end of his rally. “I’m winning 2020. Out.”
The Yeezy designer tweeted on July 4 that he planned to run for president and filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission 11 days later. He is running under the self-created Birthday Party and has said that Wyoming-based preacher Michelle Tidball will be his running mate.
The “Heartless” singer also told the magazine that he has the support of tech entrepreneur Elon Musk as well as his wife, Kim Kardashian, with whom he shares four children: North, 7, Saint, 4, Chicago, 2, and Psalm, 14 months.
“Kanye believes in supporting big-business tax breaks but also more stimulus and opportunities for minorities and Black people,” the insider said on July 8. “He believes in massive education reform and wants to build world-class infrastructure projects.”
The news of the entertainer’s political aspirations come ahead of the release of his 10th studio album, Donda, which is named after his late mother and is expected to drop on Friday, July 24. He has denied that his run for office is a publicity stunt for the project.
Scroll down to read six of West’s most outrageous statements from his rally on Sunday.