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Reports of Kanye West possibly dropping out of his presidential campaign last week circulated as he had already missed a number of dates to be on state ballots across the country. But when has Kanye ever been a quitter? This was followed by reports that his family was concerned about his mental health and that he was in the middle of a bipolar episode. Well come bipolar or no ballots, Kanye has declared he’s running for president and d*mnit that’s exactly what he’s doing.

In his first campaign rally today in South Carolina at the Exquis Event Center in North Charleston, he left the public with a number of gems from “Harriet Tubman never actually freed the slaves, she just had the slaves go work for other white people” to a moment about abortion suggesting that “everybody that has a baby gets a million dollars”.

A lot happened during the rally and for a moment, I’m going to address his statements, and just because him and his wife, Kim Kardashian have spent a significant amount of time around and working with our current President. This was thrown at us and it deserves acknowledgment. As for Tubman not freeing the slaves, Kanye insists on continuing to take a stab at history. For one, her freeing slaves isn’t up for debate. The part about her doing it only for them to work for white people ignores the difference in working as a slave and a free person. It sounds like his inartful way of describing sharecropping. It’s often looked at as another form of slavery. Here’s a tip, Kanye. It’s best to leave Harriet Tubman’s work alone.

Kanye told a story about how he considered aborting their first child as an anecdote about abortion. “There would have been no Kanye West, because my dad was too busy.” He added, “I almost killed my daughter… even if my wife [Kim Kardashian West] were to divorce me after this speech, she brought North into the world, even when I didn’t want to.” This time he showed support for abortion saying that it should remain legal but added, “The only thing that can free us is by obeying the rules that were given to us for a promised land. Abortion should be legal because guess what? The law is not by God anyway, so what is legality?”

It was also stated that there wasn’t enough black people in power in this country. And he has a point there. We only have about 5 black Senators, for instance. But if that is a call for a vote for him, there is still the debate about his mental health going on. So if we know that he’s possibly having a mental episode, there’s no need for any excessive dragging of him. I would also implore that his family do the right thing in making sure he seeks treatment if that is the case. By the way, he’s on at least one ballot in Oklahoma as that’s where he just qualified last week.