KANYE West was booed by his own supporters yesterday after launching into a rant about anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman.
Audience members walked out of the rapper’s first presidential rally in South Carolina over the “disrespectful” remarks.
West, wearing a flak jacket marked “security” and “2020” shaved onto his head, took to the stage at the Exquis Event Center in North Charleston and spoke without a microphone for his first rally since announcing his presidential run on July 4.
But the rapper, 43, provoked the anger of the crowd after suggesting that Harriet Tubman “didn’t free the slaves” and “just had them go work for other white people”.
After the remarks an audience member was heard saying: “Yo, we leaving right now.”
Groans of opposition could also be heard from the crowd in other clips posted online, with one audience member shouting: “Come on man!”
Abolitionist Harriet Tubman was born into slavery between 1820 and 1822, but escaped and helped enslaved Black men and women travel north to freedom via an Underground Railroad System.
She later fought on the side of the Union during the Civil War and is one of the most respected political activists in 19th century America.
In a lengthy monologue, West also spoke out tearfully against abortion, and said that he and wife Kim Kardashian had contemplated terminating their first pregnancy.
He said: “She said she was pregnant, and for one month, and two months, and three months, we talked about her not having this child.
“She had the pills in her hand. When you take the pills, and if you take it, the baby’s gone.”
West revealed he had been working in Paris when he received the news.
He added: “My screen went black and white.
“And God said, if you f*** with my b****** I f*** with yours.
“And I called my girlfriend and said we’re going to have this child.
“Even if my wife were to divorce me after this speech, she brought North into this world, when I did not want to.”
Sobbing, he told the crowd: “I almost killed my daughter.”
“My dad wanted to abort me. My mom saved my life. There would have been no Kanye West without my mom,” he said of mother Donda who passed away in 2007.
The event was reportedly for registered guests only, although a campaign website had no registration or RSVP information.
West initially announced his candidacy on July 4, but has missed the deadline to qualify for the ballot in several states.
It is also unclear if he was willing or able to collect enough signatures required to qualify in others.
West needs to collect 10,000 signatures by noon Monday to appear on the South Carolina ballot for the November 3 election, according to state law.
In a July 8 interview with Forbes, West said he would be running for President under the new banner of the Birthday Party.