Kanye West grows tearful over late mother at first presidential campaign rally

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The rap star Kanye West has become emotional onstage at his first official event on the road to the White House since declaring himself a presidential candidate.

Musician West, who has missed the deadline to qualify for the ballot in several states, grew tearful in North Charleston, South Carolina on Sunday (July 19) while talking about his mother, who died following plastic surgery complications in 2007.

On a livestream of the event, several hundred people were shown at the Exquis Event Centre waiting for West as gospel music was played.

All attendees were reportedly registered guests, although a campaign website had no registration or RSVP information.

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Topics covered during the event included abortion, religion, international trade and licensing deals.

Despite previously being termed anti-abortion, the 43-year-old said that he believed abortion should be legal - but he was in favour of financial incentives to help struggling mothers and perhaps discourage the practice.

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

He appeared wearing a protective vest with '2020' shaved into his hair, and raised shouts of opposition from the crowd as he took aim at historical civil rights figure and abolitionist Harriet Tubman.

He ranted that the Underground Railroad conductor “never actually freed the slaves, she just had them work for other white people”.

One of the most respected figures of 19th century America, Tubman was an African American who escaped slavery, before helping enslaved black men and women travel north to freedom and fought for the Union during the Civil War. She later became a supporter of women’s suffrage.

Although this was a campaign event of sorts, it is unclear if West is willing or able to collect enough signatures required to qualify in many states.

Last week, he qualified to appear on Oklahoma’s presidential ballot, which is the first state where he met the requirements before the deadline.

He now needs 10,000 signatures by noon today (Monday) to appear on the South Carolina ballot, according to state law, and has tweeted a list of locations around the Charleston area where petitions can be signed.

The entertainer tweeted on Sunday “THE WEST WING” and has been using the hashtag "#2020vision".

It is thought he is using wordplay to back up his intent to run for the presidency.

The husband of reality television star Kim Kardashian West, he initially announced his candidacy on July 4.

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