Kanye West claims he is quitting politics after 'being used'
In mid-October, Kanye West announced his support of President Donald Trump on "Saturday Night Live." Before that he made some controversial political pronouncements which included him calling for the abolishment of the 13th Amendment, which outlawed slavery.
The singer also appeared at the White House with the president wearing his red “Make America Great Again (MAGA)” hat. However, on Tuesday he seemed to be changing his tune with regards to politics.
After plunging himself into politics rapper and businessman, Kanye West became a hero of some conservatives by supporting President Donald Trump. The impulsive tweeter announced on Tuesday that he was pulling out of 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 !!!”
Kanye West tweeted that he had been "used to spread messages I don't believe in" and pledged to stay away from politics https://t.co/OxXBoXShTJ— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 31, 2018
For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. However, before making his declaration, the singer shared some of his views.
“I support creating jobs and opportunities for people who need them the most, I support prison reform, I support common-sense gun laws that will make our world safer.”
"My eyes are now wide open": Kanye West said on Twitter that he plans on "distancing" himself from politics, alleging he's being "used to spread messages I don't believe in" https://t.co/5Z3iQ0ecxa pic.twitter.com/JEdAtXJOLU— CNN (@CNN) October 31, 2018
In another tweet he declared:
“I support those who risk their lives to serve and protect us and I support holding people who misuse their power accountable. I believe in love and compassion for people seeking asylum and parents who are fighting to protect their children from violence and war.”
It isn’t clear what exactly opened his eyes, but this week West had a conflict with Candace Owens, a black conservative activist. Owens is known for promoting a movement and brand known as Blexit.
The movement encourages black people to exit the Democratic Party. West made sure to clarify that he had introduced her to a designer to create a logo for the brand, but refused to be linked to it.
In 2005, the singer criticized then-President George Bush’s response to Hurricane Katrina. At the time, West blatantly said, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”
Ever since he started supporting Trump, many of his fans and friends have spoken up against him. On his Twitter account, he documented text message exchanges with friends including John Legend, who challenged him on his public statements.
Please focus on getting well. You’ve done enough damage to your own reputation and black politics... as well as worldwide perception of both you and us. Dont use this as a ploy to sell your CD and clothing. Get help. Take your meds. Keep quiet for awhile.— robynempls (@robynempls) October 31, 2018
The artist even recorded a song called “Ye vs. the People.” In the song, T.I. gets into a back-and-forth with West and says he’s being “stubborn, selfish, bullheaded, even for you.”
You made a choice, son. You know, like those slaves did.— If You Don't Know, Now You Know (@EdwardsChild) October 31, 2018
It’s not clear how far West’s new proclamation will reach and whether he still supports Trump or not. West’s meeting with Trump, two weeks ago, saw him launching into an expletive-filled rant where he spoke about prison reform, showed the president a new plane he’d designed for him, and also telling Trump how he made him feel like “Superman,” to name a few things.
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 !!!— ye (@kanyewest) October 30, 2018
Before having lunch together, the rapper sat in front of the media and spoke for nearly 10-minutes in a monologue. When he was done, Trump called his speech “quite something.”
West even claimed that the MAGA hat gave him “power” and hugged the president.