Kanye West 'Distancing Himself' From Politics

'I've been used to spread messages I don’t believe in'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2018 5:11 AM CDT
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Chicago mayoral candidate Amara Enyia, left, chats with Kanye West during a "pull-up" rally Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Chicago.   (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
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(Newser) – Kanye West might not be making any more visits to the Oval Office: The rapper, who was heavily criticized by other artists for his bizarre meeting with President Trump earlier this month, is planning to take a step back from politics. "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," he tweeted Tuesday night. The decision appears to stem from involvement with the "Blexit" campaign for black people to leave the Democratic party, not his outspoken support of Trump, the BBC reports.

In other tweets, West denied creating a logo for Brexit apparel, saying he had introduced campaign leader Candace Owens to the logo's creator, 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. West also listed some of his beliefs, including common-sense gun laws, prison reform, and "love and compassion for people seeking asylum," the Guardian reports. Owens tweeted a statement Monday explaining that West had introduced her to the logo designer. She accused the press of using the rapper's name "to create drama and further divisiveness." (West's 2020 campaign for president now seems less likely.)

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