After being linked with the initiative “Blexit” led by conservative activist Candace Owens, which encourages Blacks voters to leave the Democratic Party, rapper Kanye West says he has “nothing to do with it” and is being “used,” while announcing “I am distancing myself from politics.”
While many news agencies such as TMZ, CNBC and Time, are slanting this story in their headlines to make it appear as if West is distancing himself from Trump, implying that the president is West’s impetus behind his decision to move away from politics – as CNN and others have pointed out – this has everything to do with West disavowing any association with the “Blexit” movement. Nowhere in his series of tweets did West make any comment about Trump or Republicans.
Blexit tries to imply support from West
Owens penned a op-ed piece for Breitbart titled ” Blexit: In My Own Words,” which received widespread attention on numerous websites, promoting the idea of the “Blexit” movement for African Americans. A video by Owens claimed Kanye West had designed Blexit T-shirts.
Reports circulated that Kanye West, not only supported the movement, but had designed its logo, which was being worn on apparel by attendees on Saturday at Turning Point USA’s Young Black Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C.
Owens later apologized to West, posting a link on Twitter to her personal blog listing her full apology.
West: “I never wanted any association with Blexit.”
After the story circulated, West quickly took to Twitter to shoot down any association with the movement.
“I introduced Candace to the person who made the logo and they didn’t want their name on it so she used mine. I never wanted any association with Blexit. I have nothing to do with it.”
The nearest West ever came to support of West came in an April tweet, where he wrote: “I love the way Candace Owens thinks.”
West distancing himself from politics
In a series of tweets that followed West’s disavowing any connection with the Blexit movement, he announced that he was also distancing himself from politics. West wrote the following series of tweets on Tuesday:
“My eyes are now wide open and now realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in. I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative !!!”
West then went on to release a string of other tweets, defining and clarifying his political positions:
“I support creating jobs and opportunities for people who need them the most, I support prison reform, I support common-sense gun laws that will make our world safer.”
“I support those who risk their lives to serve and protect us and I support holding people who misuse their power accountable.”
“I believe in love and compassion for people seeking asylum and parents who are fighting to protect their children from violence and war.”