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Kanye West distancing himself from politics

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Rapper Kanye West is seated while meeting with President Donald Trump and others in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Kanye West says he is taking a step back from politics and claims he has been “used to spread messages” that he doesn’t believe in.

The rapper posted a series of tweets Tuesday afternoon to clarify his beliefs and his role in the “Blexit” movement, and to distance himself from politics.

West tweeted that he supports prison reform, common-sense gun laws and creating jobs and opportunities for people who need them.

In a second tweet, he added that he supports “love and compassion for people seeking asylum and parents who are fighting to protect their children from violence and war.”

West also used his tweets to clarify that he has nothing to do with “Blexit” or the designs associated with it. The rapper was initially credited with designing T-shirts for the movement. “Blexit” was started by Candace Owens of Turning Point USA and encourages black voters to leave the Democratic party.

“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.”

West finished his series of tweets by saying he is distancing himself from politics.

“My eyes are now wide open and now realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in,” he said.

Earlier this month, West visited the White House to meet with President Donald Trump. Just a few weeks before that, he appeared on Saturday Night Live wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat.

The rapper says he will now completely focus on his creativity.

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