In a 9-minute segment from Friday’s episode of Tucker Carlson Tonight, the host called West, 43, “the most compelling voice against abortion and Planned Parenthood” at the moment.
“The most widely heard Christian evangelist in America is not ordained. Instead, he is a rapper married to a Kardashian who, by the way, everyone says is crazy,” said Carlson, alluding to West’s history of mental illness.
“Kanye West is running for president, but that’s not really the headline,” he added. “The headline is that on core conservative issues, not political issues like legislation before Congress, but on foundational questions about life and children and what happens when you die, no one with a national platform has been more honest or sincere or effective than Kanye West has been, maybe in generations. It’s all pretty shocking, really. Talk about an unlikely messenger. But it’s real...”
In July, Kim Kardashian revealed on Instagram that her husband has bipolar disorder, following the musician’s Twitter announcement that he is running for president. In subsequent days, West launched a campaign in South Carolina, during which he shared that his father initially wanted to abort him and his feelings about Kardashian delivering their first child "even when I didn't want to."
On his show, Carlson admitted that while not everything West says is conservative or even “intelligible,” his honesty is admirable. “But when West talks about his faith and about the gift of human life, you start to ask yourself, why aren’t there any elected Republicans who sound like that?” said Carlson. “They say they believe the same things, but if they actually do, why don’t they talk like Kanye West does? And the answer, of course, is because they are too afraid to.”
"But West is not afraid. He doesn't have to be, he's too famous, he's made too much money...it’s hard to cancel a guy like that,” he added.
This week, in an exclusive interview with Forbes, West gave a controversial answer about whether his campaign aimed to pull votes from Joe Biden. The rapper answered that he was “walking,” not running, for office. He then clarified that he was “walking...to win.”
Carlson closed out his monologue by referring to West’s “sprained brain,” as the rapper himself called it while discussing his mental health in a 2019 interview with David Letterman.
“We’re not sure what that is. We’re not pretending to be mental health experts. And maybe Kanye West is crazy. We don’t know. But it’s also true, and wise people know this, that at a time like this, a lunatic time, sometimes it is only the crazy people who can see the world clearly,” said Carlson.
In addition to his appearance in South Carolina, West also announced on Twitter that his wife, Kim Kardashian West, “tried to bring a doctor to lock me up.” The rapper ultimately apologized to Kardashian for airing their personal lives but he resumed speaking openly about abortion, tweeting on July 31 that he “cried at the thought of aborting my first born and everyone was so concerned about me.”
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