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Kanye West says he’s distancing himself from politics

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Rapper Kanye West speaks to President Donald Trump and others in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington
Trump Kanye West, Washington, USA – 11 Oct 2018

Rapper Kanye West, who earlier this month hugged Donald Trump in the Oval Office, declared on Tuesday that he had been “used to spread messages I don’t believe in” and would now be “distancing” himself from politics.

Just this weekend, he had been credited with designing the logo for shirts connected to “Blexit,” a call for African Americans to leave the Democratic Party

Now, West is apparently cutting off all political ties. In tweets posted Tuesday, he seemingly attempted to retreat from many of the claims, statements, social media snippets and interviews that have characterized his public persona in recent months.

“My eyes are now wide open and now realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in,” he tweeted. “I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative !!!”

According to media reports, Owens had claimed that West designed the logo and colours of Blexit. On Monday, as controversy grew, she released a statement playing down his role, insisting: “BLEXIT is a project that is mine entirely. I am blessed that Ye [West] 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.”

She added: “#BLEXIT is about the beautiful stories of so many black people who have awakened themselves to the possibilities of our future, as Americans. The press is trying to use Kanye’s name to create drama and further divisiveness which is WRONG.”

But West tweeted that he didn’t actually design the logo and he wants nothing to do with “Blexit.”

Before tweeting about the “Blexit” drama, West fired off messages about the current state of his political stances.

Owens, who grew up in a Democratic household, is now a fierce critic of the party. In one Twitter post, she says: “There is no group in America that has been more lied to, more abused, or more taken advantage of by the Democrats than black people.”

During his bizarre visit to the White House recently, West commented: “You know, people expect that if you’re black you have to be Democrat. I’ve had conversations that basically said that welfare is the reason why a lot of black people end up being Democrat.”

In a rambling monologue that silenced even Trump, the rapper, sporting a “Make America Great Again” cap, told him: “It was something about when I put this hat on, it made me feel like Superman. You made a Superman. That’s my favorite superhero. And you made a Superman cape.”

West has faced widespread criticism for such comments and for his endorsement of a president who critics accuse of emboldening a movement of white nationalism through his words and deeds. The star has made baffling comments about abolishing the 13th Amendment and slavery being a choice.

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Rapper Kanye West speaks to President Donald Trump and others in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington
Trump Kanye West, Washington, USA – 11 Oct 2018

Rapper Kanye West, who earlier this month hugged Donald Trump in the Oval Office, declared on Tuesday that he had been “used to spread messages I don’t believe in” and would now be “distancing” himself from politics.

Just this weekend, he had been credited with designing the logo for shirts connected to “Blexit,” a call for African Americans to leave the Democratic Party

Now, West is apparently cutting off all political ties. In tweets posted Tuesday, he seemingly attempted to retreat from many of the claims, statements, social media snippets and interviews that have characterized his public persona in recent months.

“My eyes are now wide open and now realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in,” he tweeted. “I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative !!!”

According to media reports, Owens had claimed that West designed the logo and colours of Blexit. On Monday, as controversy grew, she released a statement playing down his role, insisting: “BLEXIT is a project that is mine entirely. I am blessed that Ye [West] 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.”

She added: “#BLEXIT is about the beautiful stories of so many black people who have awakened themselves to the possibilities of our future, as Americans. The press is trying to use Kanye’s name to create drama and further divisiveness which is WRONG.”

But West tweeted that he didn’t actually design the logo and he wants nothing to do with “Blexit.”

Before tweeting about the “Blexit” drama, West fired off messages about the current state of his political stances.

Owens, who grew up in a Democratic household, is now a fierce critic of the party. In one Twitter post, she says: “There is no group in America that has been more lied to, more abused, or more taken advantage of by the Democrats than black people.”

During his bizarre visit to the White House recently, West commented: “You know, people expect that if you’re black you have to be Democrat. I’ve had conversations that basically said that welfare is the reason why a lot of black people end up being Democrat.”

In a rambling monologue that silenced even Trump, the rapper, sporting a “Make America Great Again” cap, told him: “It was something about when I put this hat on, it made me feel like Superman. You made a Superman. That’s my favorite superhero. And you made a Superman cape.”

West has faced widespread criticism for such comments and for his endorsement of a president who critics accuse of emboldening a movement of white nationalism through his words and deeds. The star has made baffling comments about abolishing the 13th Amendment and slavery being a choice.