A Christian man who expressed support for Kayne West, or at least a man who claimed to do so, was escorted from a rally today as Vice President Mike Pence spoke.
On his Twitter account, a user named Mason Miller posted a video today in which someone is holding a sign that reads “Christians for Kanye” in their hand, which was removed by a security guard who apparently was present at the rally. Although the sound is muffled, Pence can be seen speaking to the assembled crowd on stage just a few feet away.
Miller’s caption for the video reads: “Christians for Kanye”: “Man holding Christians for the @kanyewest sign, now removed from the @VP rally.
A man holding Christians for the @kanyewest sign was removed from the @VP rally today. pic.twitter.com/xwo5hUBfvb
– Mason Miller (@mason_spectrum) October 28, 2020
Miller’s Twitter account identifies him as the national content producer for Spectrum Bay News 9, a local television news station based in Tampa Bay, Florida. It is unclear when the footage was taken, but both Pence and President Donald Trump held rallies in Florida – and across the country – in the days leading up to the election next Tuesday.
West, of course, is leading his own campaign for the White House. In the past, the Chicago-born star notoriously supported President Trump, even visited him in Washington, D.C., and often wore MAGA hats. But when he announced his intentions for his own presidential candidacy, he said he would no longer support Trump, while at the same time saying he was not concerned about siphoning off black votes from the Democratic candidate, Joe Biden. He even went so far as to state in an interview that the statement “the black vote is democratic is a form of racism and white supremacy.
Although the rapper has not always been so publicly political or even private – he recently admitted that he has never voted before – he is known to be a devout Christian. One of his early hits was the single “Jesus Walks” from 2004, and his last released albums were the gospel-influenced album Jesus Is King in October 2019 and Jesus Is Born, which was released in December of this year and included a reworking of 19 of his older tracks. In January 2019, West also began his weekly “Sunday Service” performances, in which a full choir and orchestration performed both his songs and those of other artists. (These events were attended by numerous celebrities, including Brad Pitt, Kid Cudi and the family he had married into, the Kardashians). His candidate for the White House also reflects his Christian affiliation–she is Michelle Tidball, a life counselor and preacher from Wyoming, the same state where West owns a multimillion-dollar ranch.