On Tuesday, Kanye West thrilled ardent Trump critics by announcing that he was “distancing” himself from politics from here on out because it has become clear to him that he’s “been used to spread messages I don’t believe in.” The comment was framed as Kanye officially “breaking up” with the man he’s been incessantly ridiculed for championing.
But in follow-up comments to TMZ Tuesday, West made clear that he wasn’t talking about Trump at all.
“Kanye contacted us to make it clear he did not mention Donald Trump in his tweets, and he’s getting out of politics altogether,” TMZ reported. “As for being ‘used’ … he says he was specifically referencing Blexit, and that’s it.”
The comment follows a series of tweets prompted by a mini-scandal involving a “Blexit” campaign started by conservative personality Candace Owens which encourages African Americans to leave the Democratic Party.
“My eyes are now wide open and now realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in,” West wrote. “I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative.”
That tweet was issued immediately after another a post underscoring that he had nothing to do with the Blexit campaign.
“I introduced Candace to the person who made the logo and they didn’t want their name on it so she used mine,” he wrote. “I never wanted any association with Blexit. I have nothing to do with it.”
The tweets followed some clarifications of his political stances earlier Tuesday:
“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,” he said in previous tweets. “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.”
As The Daily Wire’s Amanda Prestigiacomo noted Monday, while the Blexit was initially reported as campaign begun by West, Owens clarified Tuesday morning on “Fox & Friends” that she created the concept of Blexit “separate of [Kanye].”
Here are some photos of the Blexit gear: