Kanye West, an ardent supporter of President Donald Trump, announced he is quitting politics after being ‘used to spread messages I don’t believe in’ and denounced the president over his immigration policy, Dailymail reports.
The singer made the surprising declaration on Twitter on Tuesday.
‘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.
In an extended Twitter rant, he criticized Trump’s immigration policy, denounced the ‘blexit’ movement, and thanked his family.
Kanye indicated the split came over Trump’s policies on immigration, which had seen migrant children separated from their parents who came to the country illegally and ordering troops to the border to stave off a caravan of people walking to the United States from Central America.
‘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,’ the rapper wrote.
He also denounced the ‘blexit’ movement – black people leaving the Democratic Party – and its conservative founder, Candace Owens.
He said even though his name was used he ‘never wanted any association’ and has ‘nothing to do with it.’
‘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 tweeted.
Owens has urged Black voters to leave Democrats as part of her ‘blexit’ campaign.
Kanye West who is married Kim Kardashian, and had met with Trump, his daughter, Ivanka Trump and son-in-law, Jared Kushner about prison reform, also thanked his family for their support.
‘I would like to thank my family, loved ones, and community for supporting my ACTUAL beliefs and my vision for a better world,’ West wrote on Tuesday.