Because 2020 is the year that simply will not quit, it seems that Kanye West is indeed running for President of the United States, and is now holding campaign rallies amidst a global pandemic.
During his first rally in South Carolina, West said and did a number of chaotic things, including rewriting history and saying that Harriet Tubman “never actually freed the slaves.”
Kanye said this and I left immediately. I went for a laugh and I got one. But when it got disrespectful for me it was over. pic.twitter.com/nNqjUp03mu
— Toe Knee (@toekneerlynos) July 19, 2020
Kanye West at his “campaign rally” in South Carolina: “Harriet Tubman never actually freed the slaves, she just had them work for other white people.”
Loud groans from the audience, “come on man” can be heard pic.twitter.com/Q9g92UvZ27
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) July 19, 2020
Needless to say, this is simply not true. Tubman freed over 300 enslaved people in a ten-year period and made 19 trips on the Underground Railroad in order to do so.
Correct me if I'm wrong but I don't think demeaning Harriet Tubman is a good campaign strategy.
— Pé (@4everNeverTrump) July 19, 2020
"In June 1863 Harriet Tubman became the first woman to lead an armed military raid when she guided the 2nd SC black regiment up the Combahee River, routing Confederate outposts, liberating more than 700 slaves, and destroying stockpiles of cotton, food & weapons." @washingtonpost
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) July 19, 2020
— Alex Skolnick (@AlexSkolnick) July 20, 2020
Kanye West wouldn’t be a billionaire if it wasn’t for people like Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglas, MLK and many others. The fact that he shows them disrespect and praises Trump yet our community continues to buy his products says more about us than him.
— Marie J. (@MarieJ19) July 20, 2020
Harriet Tubman not only helped free many slaves at great risk to herself, but she also helped John Brown plan the raid on Harpers Ferry to start an armed revolution to free all the slaves before scumbag traitor Robert E. Lee executed John Brown.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) July 19, 2020
The rally continued to devolve from there, as West demanded a seat on the board of Adidas and Nike in order to continue his partnerships with them, along with having an emotional breakdown about abortion.
Did he just say he will walk away from the adidas and Gap deals if they don't put him on the board?
Yeh, of course you will Kanye.
— KickPosters by Dan Freebairn (@KickPosters) July 19, 2020
I've been watching Kanye's campaign rally for 5 minutes. So far he's said:
-He had a Percocet addiction after plastic surgery.
-He will walk away from Adidas and Gap deals if they don't put him on the board.
-Made an "I'mma let you finish" joke.
-Said to stop watching porn.
— Linz DeFranco (@LinzDeFranco) July 19, 2020
Kanye West goes into an emotional speech against abortion: “There would have been no Kanye West, because my dad was too busy… I almost killed my daughter.”
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) July 19, 2020
“That was extremely good. That was extremely bad. I’m out.” – Kanye ends the event
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) July 19, 2020
Including the Harriet Tubman comment, the rally seemed overall ineffective at persuading its crowd to vote for Kanye’s self-proclaimed “Birthday Party” political party in the upcoming 2020 United States Presidential election.
“y’all we leaving right now” is a mood.
— deray (@deray) July 19, 2020
Kanye said slavery was a choice and now he's disrespecting Tubman's underground railroad. He's doing white supremacists work for them
— Jeremy Kirk (@jkirkok) July 19, 2020
Folks also believe that perhaps the entire event was a symptom of something much deeper and more sinister in West’s mental health.
Ok.. I’m a mental health nurse. So I’m going to say this: Kanye seems to be suffering a full on manic episode. He stated he’s been diagnosed as Bipolar. This man needs help. Where is his WIFE? His FAMILY? This is embarrassing and sad.
— LisaLeeBanas (@lee_banas) July 20, 2020
I can’t stand #KanyeWest
However, there is nothing funny to me about any person, especially an ADOS/Black male, publicly having a mental and/or emotional episode. He needs help & everyone allowing him to go without it, is trash.
— JW the Karen Slayer (@friday_writes) July 19, 2020
He has stated that he was diagnosed with bipolar but doesn’t take the medication prescribed to him because he doesn’t like the way it makes him feel
— DRW (@drw1018) July 19, 2020
It is not a campaign rally. It is a breakdown. And it should not be filmed.
— Rochelle Riley (@rochelleriley) July 19, 2020
The people around Kanye clearly don’t care about him. He needs help.
— 🌻 (@serenitynow3121) July 19, 2020
While Tubman’s legacy lives on and speaks for itself regardless of what Kanye West has to say about it, West’s legacy looks to be tarnished as he plows ahead with a capricious and scrambled campaign agenda.
If his mental health is at stake, hopefully he will get the help he needs. If you or someone you know needs mental health care, don’t hesitate to do some research and reach out to a provider.