The superstar rapper has announced he is done with politics as he distances himself from the 'Blexit' movement.

By Daniel Herborn


Posted on October 31, 2018

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

Kanye West used Twitter to announce he is done with politics

In a series of tweets, West also said he believes in “common-sense gun laws” and supports “holding people who misuse their power accountable”. He did not mention Trump by name in any of the tweets.

The apparent political U-turn comes less than three weeks after West fawned over the President in a bizarre White House visit.

West had previously polarised people with an impromptu pro-Trump rant on Saturday Night Live that went unaired. He also engaged in a heated argument with a TMZ staffer who took issue with his claim that slavery had been a choice.

Over the years, he has made a number of allusions to his ambition to run for the US presidency.

Row over claims Kanye West helped design ‘Blexit’ merchandise

Earlier this week, various media outlets reported that alt-right commentator Candace Owens claimed West had designed shirts for ‘Blexit’. Named as a portmanteau of ‘Black exit’, the movement had been launched by Owens in a bid to persuade black people to vote against the Democratic party.

Despite having clearly said the logos and colours of the clothes had been “created by my dear friend and fellow superhero Kanye West”, Owens later claimed the media was “trying to use Kanye’s name to create drama and further divisiveness”.

West has since distanced himself from Owens and her movement. “I introduced Candace to the person who made the logo,” he wrote. “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 incident seems to have been the catalyst for West dissociating himself from Trumpism and politics as a whole.

For James Shaw Jr, who shot to fame after saving lives by disarming a gunman during the Nashville Waffle House shooting, West’s words were not enough.

“You don’t get away that easy just with any apology NO SIR, you have to put in WORK, TIME, BLOOD, SWEAT, and TEARS to remove the confusion and division you have caused,” he tweeted.

In a confusing footnote to West’s sudden departure from the political sphere, he recently donated US$73,540 to Amara Enyia, a Democratic candidate for the vacated position of mayor of Chicago. He also made a brief appearance alongside Chance The Rapper, who had endorsed Enyia, at an event supporting her candidacy.

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