Kanye West announced on Twitter that he is stepping away from politics after realizing he's been “used” just weeks after meeting with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office.
“My eyes are now wide open and now realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in,” West tweeted Tuesday. “I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative !!!”
The tweet comes after Candace Owens, the spokeswoman for the conservative activist group Turning Point USA, claimed that West designed the shirts for her “Blexit” campaign, which is intended to urge black voters to leave the Democratic Party.
West denied that he intended to be part of the campaign.
“I introduced Candace to the person who made the logo 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 wrote.
Journalists report Kanye's Trump support took toll on business, marriage:
HuffPost reports Yashar Ali reported that Kanye's move came after his wife Kim Kardashian confided in friends that his public rhetoric has been detrimental to their relationship.
"This comes after months of multiple sources telling me that Kim would tell them that while she loved him, his rhetoric was deeply upsetting, disruptive, and that it was impacting their marriage," he tweeted.
The Intercept's Shaun King posited that West's Trump support had hurt his brand, noting that West told reporters that he still supports Trump despite his tweet.
West clarifies his position:
West, who along with his public Trump support is also donating $73,000 to a progressive Chicago mayoral candidate, explained what he believes in on Twitter.