Is the strangest political marriage in America finally over?
The Rapper Kanye West, who hugged Donald Trump in the Oval Office earlier this month, declared on Tuesday that he had been
“used to spread messages I don’t believe in” and would now be “distancing” himself from politics.
The statement is likely to hit the US president, who has made West a black supporter.
West’s basic falling out appears to be not with Trump but Candace Owens, a rising star of the right who was lavished with praise by the president at a gathering of young black conservatives at the White House last week.
On Twitter on Tuesday, West said he supports prison reform, common-sense gun laws and compassion for people seeking asylum, then denied that he had designed a logo for a branding exercise known as “Blexit”.
Journalist Alex Wagner tweeted in response to West’s announcement:
“Apparently Kanye did not understand that “sitting in the Oval Office with the president of the United States and railing against liberals” would be seen as explicitly, uhm, political. But please (for real) go back to creative pursuits”.
which urges African Americans to leave the Democratic party. The concept, originated by Owens, claimed that West had designed the group’s merchandise.
“I introduced Candace to the person who made the logo and they didn’t want their name on it so she used mine,” West wrote. “I never wanted any association with Blexit. I have nothing to do with it.”
Evidently stung by the experience, he then followed up:
“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 !!!”