Posted: October 31, 2018
By Michelle Ewing, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
Weeks after Kanye West's headline-making meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House, the rapper has announced that he is stepping away from politics.
In a Twitter thread Tuesday, West, who wore a "Make America Great Again" hat during a "Saturday Night Live" appearance last month and delivered a pro-Trump speech onstage after the show, said he has been "used to spread messages" he doesn't support.
"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 wrote Tuesday afternoon.
"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."
He continued: "I would like to thank my family, loved ones, and community for supporting my ACTUAL beliefs and my vision for a better world."
West went on to claim that he wasn't involved with Blexit, a campaign led by conservative activist Candace Owens that encourages African-Americans to stop supporting the Democratic Party. Owens recently said West designed the "X" in the "Blexit" logo.
"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," West wrote.
"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!!!"
Read the tweets below:
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.— ye (@kanyewest) October 30, 2018
I support those who risk their lives to serve and protect us and I support holding people who misuse their power accountable.— ye (@kanyewest) October 30, 2018
I believe in love and compassion for people seeking asylum and parents who are fighting to protect their children from violence and war.
I would like to thank my family, loved ones, and community for supporting my ACTUAL beliefs and my vision for a better world.— ye (@kanyewest) October 30, 2018
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.— ye (@kanyewest) October 30, 2018
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
AP Photo/Evan Vucci/AP
AP Photo/Evan Vucci/AP
Rapper Kanye West was at the White House with NFL legend Jim Brown and other musicians to witness President Donald Trump sign the Music Modernization Act, but he stole the show with his commentary.
Sitting across from Trump as the two were surrounded by reporters, West spoke favorably about Trump, pitched a new idea for the presidential aircraft and discussed his mental health, among a number of other varying topics.
Here are some quotes from West during his meeting with Trump.
On wearing the MAGA hat: “It gives me power, in a way. My dad and mom separated, so I did not have lot of male energy in my home and also, I’m married to a family that does not have a lot of male energy. It’s beautiful, though, but there’s times where -- there’s something about -- I love Hillary -- I love everyone, right? But the campaign ‘I’m With Her’ just didn’t make me feel as a guy that didn’t get to see my dad all the time -- like a guy that could play catch with his son.
“There was something about when I put this hat on that makes me feel like Superman! That’s my favorite superhero. You make a Superman cape for me.”
On Air Force One: “This right here is the iPlane 1. It’s a hydrogen-powered airplane, and this is what our president should be flying in. We’re going to have Apple, an American company, work on this plane.
“But you know what I don’t like -- it’s not what I don’t like. What I need ‘Saturday Night Live’ to improve on, or what I need the liberals to improve on, is if (Trump) don’t look good, we don’t look good. This is our president. He has to be the freshest, the flyest, the flyest planes, the best factories.”
On the 13th Amendment: “There’s a lot of things affecting our mental health that makes us do crazy things that puts us back into that trap door called the 13th Amendment. I did say abolish with the hat on, because why would you keep something that’s a trap door?
“If you’re building a floor — the Constitution is the base of our industry, of our country, of our company, right? Would you build a trap door that if you mess up, and you accidentally — something happens, you fall and you end up next to the Unabomber? You gotta remove all that trap door out of the relationship. The four gentleman that wrote the 13th Amendment — and I think the way the universe works, it’s perfect! We don’t have 13 floors.”
On his mental health: “I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I was connected with a neuropsychologist that works with the athletes in the NBA and the NFL. He looked at my brain. It’s equal on three parts. I’m gonna go ahead and drop some bombs for you: 98th percentile IQ test. I had a 75 percentile of all human beings when it was counting numbers backwards, so I’m gonna work on that one. The other ones, 98 percent. Tesla. Freud. So, he said that I actually wasn’t bipolar. I had sleep deprivation, which can cause dementia 10 to 20 years from now, where I wouldn’t even remember my son’s name.”
On a future presidential run: “Only after 2024 ... Let's stop worrying about the future. All we really have is today. We just have today. Over and over again. The hero’s return. Trump is on his hero's journey right now. He might not have thought he'd have a crazy (expletive) like me.”
Trump didn’t speak much during West’s soliloquy, but after, he said West was “a special guy and a “smart cookie” who is welcome to speak at one of his rallies.
“I’ll tell you what, that was pretty impressive,” Trump said.
The full meeting, which includes explicit language, can be seen on C-SPAN’s YouTube page.
When Kanye West was seen in a “Make America Great Again” hat after “Saturday Night Live,” he caught the attention of President Donald Trump once again.
“Like many, I don’t watch Saturday Night Live (even though I past hosted it) - no longer funny, no talent or charm. It is just a political ad for the Dems,” Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon. “Word is that Kanye West, who put on a MAGA hat after the show (despite being told ‘no’), was great. He’s leading the charge!”
Trump’s claim about West being told not to wear the hat after the show echos some of a pro-Trump speech the rapper delivered after “SNL.”
People reported that Chris Rock recorded video on his Instagram Story of West’s speech. West wears a button down shirt, charcoal grey pants and a MAGA hat in the video, which cuts in at varying times of the speech.
“I wanna cry right now. Black man in America, you’re supposed to keep what you feel inside right now,” he said. “And the liberals bully you and tell you what you can and cannot wear, where you and they can’t not stare. And they look at me and say, ‘It’s not fair. How the hell did you get here?’
“Actually, blacks weren’t always Democrats,” he said as an organ played in the background. “It’s like a plan they did to take the fathers out the homes and promote welfare. Does anybody know about that? That’s the Democratic plan.”
Claps were sparse after West’s remark.
“And what this shows is we can’t be controlled by monolithic thought. You can’t always have when you have a black subject matter like Cosby that you have to have a black comedian talk about it.”
“It’s so many times that I talk to a white person about this, and they say, ‘How could you support Trump? He’s racist.’ Well, if I was concerned about racism, I would have moved out of America a long time ago,” West said at another point in Rock’s video. “We don’t just make our decisions off of racism. I’m a break it down to you right now: If someone inspires me and I connect with them, I don’t have to believe in all they policies, but this man is a builder and when I said I’m running in 2020, all my smart friends talked so much (expletive) about me. And when I saw that man win, I said, ‘See, I told you. I could have been there.’”
West was met with sporadic boos and at one point someone yelled out, “(Expletive Trump).”
West responded, “Now you got a situation where we need to have a dialogue and not a diatribe because if you want something to change, it’s not going to change by saying, ‘F— that person.’ Try love. Try love. Try love. Try love.
“Thank y’all for giving me this platform,” West said. “I know some of y’all don’t agree. But y’all be goin’ at that man neck a lot, and I don’t think it’s actually that helpful. I think the universe has balance. Ninety percent of news are liberal. Ninety percent of TV, L.A., New York, writers, actors, rappers, musicians. So it’s easy to make it seem like it’s so, so, so one-sided. And I feel kind of free. I thought this country said I couldn’t be me.”
The speech was given right after the show and while end credits rolled, but was cut for time.
West doubled down on wearing the hat in an Instagram post Sunday afternoon. In the photo, West wears the hat while on a private jet.
“This represents good and America becoming whole again,” West captioned a the post. “We will no longer outsource to other countries. We build factories here in America and create jobs. We will provide jobs for all who are free from prisons as we abolish the 13th amendment. Message sent with love.”
Hours after announcing he was changing his name to "Ye," rapper Kanye West made headlines again with three attention-grabbing performances on the season premiere of "Saturday Night Live," followed by a political speech after the cameras stopped rolling.
The meme-worthy moments began with his first song, "I Love It." West and Lil Pump took the stage dressed as water bottles – West as Perrier, Pump as Fiji – as Adele Givens appeared on a screen in the background.
>> Watch the full performance here (WARNING: Graphic language.)
Suffice it to say, the bizarre wardrobe choices left many social media users scratching their heads.
For his next performance, West ditched the kooky costume, opting for a more traditional look as he sang a new song, "We Got Love," with Teyana Taylor.
But West's clothing again drew attention when the rapper, clad in a "Make America Great Again" hat, closed the show with a performance of "Ghost Town" with Kid Cudi, Ty Dolla $ign and 070 Shake.
According to The Daily Beast, West continued to get political after filming, giving a speech onstage that was captured in an Instagram video posted by comedian Chris Rock.
"There’s so many times I talk to a white person about this and they say, 'How could you like Trump? He’s racist,'" West said, the news outlet reported. "Well, uh, if I was concerned about racism I would’ve moved out of America a long time ago.”
West also mentioned running for president in 2020.
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