Trump denies rift with Kanye West despite rapper's claims he's been "used to spread messages" he doesn't believe in
President Trump dismissed the idea that there is a rift between him and Kanye West after the latter made an abrupt exit from politics on Tuesday.
After megastar Kanye West made an abrupt exit from politics the day before, President Trump denied that there is any kind of rift between the two. Before leaving for a campaign rally in Florida, the commander-in-chief told reporters: "We get along great. He's a good guy."
West recently met with the president in the Oval Office, where Trump said his appeal towards black voters significantly increased after his support. But on Tuesday, the rapper announced that he is quitting politics after being "used to spread messages I don't believe in." "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 wrote on Twitter.
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
While it is unclear what exactly caused the change of heart, he referenced 'Blexit' in another tweet, which is a campaign spearheaded by black conservative firebrand Candace Owens urging African American voters to walk away from the Democratic Party, which they believe has been historically oppressive towards the demographic. Owens is also the communications director for the revolutionary Turning Point USA, Fox News reports.
"Blexit is a Renaissance," Owens told Fox News on Monday. "Blexit is the black exit from the Democratic Party. It's the black exit from permanent victimhood, the black exit from the false idea that we are somehow separate from the rest of America." She said that after West helped her design the logo, the movement got national attention. "Kanye saw my original design, and said, 'I can do it better,'" Owens said. "It certainly was. He redesigned the logo with vibrant colors inspired by his trip to Uganda."
But Kanye tweeted that he hadn't wanted to be associated with Blexit and didn't help design the logo on its clothing and apparel. “I introduced Candace to the person who made the logo and they didn’t want their name on it so she used mine,” West tweeted. “I never wanted any association with Blexit. I have nothing to do with it.” In other tweets the same day, Kanye referenced several different social issues as a final message before he withdrew from politics. “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,” one tweet read.
“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,” another post read.
West also expressed his gratitude and appreciation to all those who resonated with his "ACTUAL beliefs" and "vision for a better world." In the past, the 'Flashing Lights' star has expressed his support of President Trump. Earlier this month, the rapper paid a visit to the White House and hugged the commander-in-chief saying he "loved" him.
"They tried to scare me to not wear this hat, my own friends, but this hat it gives me, it gives me power," West asserted, speaking of the MAGA hat. "You know, my dad and my mom separated, so I didn't have a lot of male energy in my home. And also, I'm married to a family that, you know – not a lot of male energy going on. It's beautiful though," he said, laughing as he spoke about his wife Kim Kardashian West and her family.