Kanye West, the billionaire hip hop mogul, artist, and professing Christian running a perplexing, non-campaign campaign for President of the United States, (under the Birthday Party ticket, because if he gets elected, ‘”it will be like everyone’s birthday” ) says that his campaign will be pro-choice, despite repeated, consistent tearful protestations on how awful abortion is, including tweeting out a flurry of messages against it a few months ago.
It’s an odd revelation for West, whose platform is peppered with scripture and has said before that he wants to bring back prayer in schools, has asked campaign staff not to have premarital sex while working for him, and wants to have the government support Christian groups even more than they are now.
In an interview with Danny Hakin of the New York Times, Kanye has made it clear that he doesn’t want to ban abortion:
“You can’t do that. I don’t want to ban or stop or point fingers at anything…[I support] stipends for families that need support, creating orphanages that are really high-level desirable for people to go to, and the redesign of communities and cities, in general, to be supporting of families.”
West has made only made one campaign appearance where he likewise broke down in tears about abortion, and is clearly struggling with mental health issues, being diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2016.
He is only is on the ballot in 12 states but it is estimated he may siphon off 0.5-2% of the vote, primarily from the Democratic side, and therefore acting as a bit of a spoiler. In some states, that could make the difference between a win and a loss for the current President. Lest people think it’s a completely -fly-by-night operation, he does have several ‘Republican operatives’ working for him, including lawyers, consultants, and campaign staffers who have worked the previous Trump campaign.