Offers $1M to anyone who has children
Katrina Nattress July 19, 2020 6:03 pm
Kanye West is still very good at making jaws drop, for better or worse. At his first presidential campaign rally today in South Carolina, limited to “registered guests only” at North Charleston’s Exquis Event Center, there weren’t enough eyebrows to raise.
Speaking sans mic, with “2020” shaved into his head and sporting a bulletproof vest, West bragged about having a 132 IQ (“I went to the hospital because my brain was too big for my skull”) and ripped Harriet Tubman, saying she “didn’t free the slaves, she had them go work for other white people.”
He also said that his wife Kim Kardashian brought his daughter North into the world “even when I didn’t want to” in reference to her having an abortion. He also said his mom saved his life before bursting into tears in an anti-abortion rant and saying “the world is crazy and I love my daughter.”
“No more Plan B, Plan A,” he said with regard to abortion. West then said, “anyone who is pregnant, you have an option of $50,000 of support to take care of your child.” He was then confronted by a female audience viewer who asked him what about in the case of rape to which he responded that Steve Jobs was adopted and it takes a village to raise a child.
“Do you realize I’m putting my life on the line for the truth?” he continued before professing his love for Jesus.
West admitted that he smoked marijuana the night before and that it should be “legal and free” for all.
Shortly thereafter, he backpedaled and said that abortion was OK in 2020, and people should get $1 million to have children.
He later said that “shooting uns are fun” and that “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”
Watch it here.
It’s been a whirlwind week in Kanye news that began with reports he was dropping out of the presidential race. The next day his name appeared on the Oklahoma ballot, debunking that rumor. The first national poll with West’s inclusion also released this week, which showed him holding 2% of the vote. Interestingly enough, he took votes away from President Trump.
West originally announced his presidential run on the 4th of July, immediately receiving an endorsement from his new buddy Elon Musk. However, the Tesla mogul quickly retracted his support after the rapper gave a disorienting interview to Forbes where he revealed he contracted COVID-19 earlier this year and came out as an anti-vaxxer.
Here’s the logo for his campaign that he shared on Twitter on Sunday.
Rachel Olding Breaking News Editor
Billionaire rapper and shoe designer Kanye West’s company has received a multimillion-dollar loan as part of the federal government’s coronavirus stimulus package, according to records released Thursday by the U.S. Treasury’s Small Business Administration.
The money was handed out in the latest round of the Paycheck Protection Program, part of the Trump administration’s $2 trillion CARES Act designed to provide economic relief to small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.
Yeezy LLC, a California company, is listed in the Treasury’s log as a recipient of a loan worth between $2 million and $5 million. The company self-identified as being male-owned and a Black or African-American business. It said 160 jobs were saved using the loan.
California business records list Kanye West as the manager of Yeezy LLC, a holding company established in Delaware and run out of a La Palma, California, office. West’s Yeezy sneaker empire reportedly made $1.5 billion last year.
West’s loan poses major questions of conflict of interest, given West’s outspoken support for President Donald Trump, his multiple visits to the White House, and the outrageously lavish lifestyle he leads with wife Kim Kardashian West.
Both he and his wife have celebrated attaining billionaire status recently. After being effectively broke years ago, West turned his fortunes around with his best-selling Yeezy sneakers and attained billionaire status in April, according to Forbes.
Last week, his wife claimed to be a billionaire, too. “I am so proud of my beautiful wife Kim Kardashian West for officially becoming a billionaire,” West tweeted, alongside a photo of some vegetables.
PPP loans, available for companies with fewer than 500 employees, are written off by the government if companies spend the money on eligible costs and retain a certain percentage of staff during the pandemic.
The list of 40,000 companies to receive loans of $150,000 and above was made public on Monday after complaints from Democrats that previous rounds of funding were not transparent.
The program has been plagued with issues, from digital portals that crashed as soon as applications opened, to banks prioritizing their biggest customers, to Trump-friendly companies receiving big loans. Several large companies, like Shake Shack and Harvard, returned loans after attracting negative publicity.
Loans of $150,000 and above represent about 13 percent of all loans approved but about three quarters of total loan dollars approved, according to CNBC.
Yeezy LLC has been contacted for comment.