Kanye 'Distancing' Himself from Politics After Row Over 'Blexit' Campaign
Just a few weeks after his visit to the Oval Office, rapper Kanye West says he's done with politics.
West tweeted his decision after Turning Point USA communications director Candace Owens linked him to her "Blexit" campaign to encourage African-Americans to leave the Democratic Party.
According to Page Six, Owens said at a recent D.C. event that “Blexit is a renaissance and I am blessed to say that this logo, these colors, were created by my dear friend and fellow superhero Kanye West.”
She also praised West as having "taken one of the boldest steps in America to open a conversation we have needed to have.”
As the comments spread, Owens posted a statement Monday: “I said on stage that my friend and fellow superhero helped me design the ‘X’ for BLEXIT. BLEXIT is a project that is mine entirely. I am blessed that Ye introduced me to a designer who despite having totally different beliefs than me, helped me craft some beautiful letters that I used on the BLEXIT caps.”
West issued two tweets Tuesday evening. "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," he said. "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 !!!"
At his Oct. 11 White House meeting with President Trump, West said he discussed the subject of violence in Chicago, trying to convince Trump that "stop-and-frisk does not help the relationships in the city" and "another thing is opening up industries, and we've got to get some tax breaks too."
Trump said West "could very well be" a future presidential candidate. West said it would be "only after 2024."
The rapper noted that he "made a hat that says make America great again, but I would love to see at the Super Bowl Trump wearing the make America great hat, Colin making the -- wearing the make America great and showing that we can bend a bit on this side, we can bend a bit on this side and we can learn how to be valuable in the infinite universe that we are, and the loving beings that we are."
West said his red MAGA hat "made me feel like Superman" and said Hillary Clinton's "I'm With Her" 2016 campaign slogan "just didn’t make me feel as a guy, that didn’t get to see my dad all the time, like a guy that could play catch with his son."
Trump asked West how it felt to be in the Oval Office; West replied that he felt "good energy in this."
West has a new album, "Yandhi," coming out Nov. 23.