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Kanye West began 2019 by once again publicly declaring his support for President Donald Trump, three months after the rapper said he was distancing himself from politics. In a series of a New Year’s Day tweets -- some of which were later deleted -- West posted his support of Trump, adding that “Blacks are 90% Democrats. That sounds like control to me... They will not program me." “One of my favorite of many things about what the Trump hat represents to me is that people can’t tell me what to do because I’m black.” He also tweeted “2024," a reference to the year when West previously said he would weigh a presidential bid. In October, West said he was withdrawing from political commentary, adding he had been exploited and used following a bizarre televised meeting with Trump. During the Oct. 11 meeting with Trump in the Oval Office, West, wearing a red “MAGA” hat, delivered a rambling 10-minute speech before invited members of the media. It touched on abolishing the 13th Amendment, gun violence, his battle with bipolar disorder, and how wearing his “MAGA” hat made him feel like Superman,his favorite superhero. Trump called West's speech "pretty impressive." “He’s a smart cookie,” Trump said.
The year has changed. "Trump all day," West wrote as 2019 was getting underway. "One of my favorite of many things about what the Trump hat represents to me is that people can’t tell me what to do because I’m black," another tweet read. In a followup tweet, West simply stated, "2024" — a possible reference to the presidential election to be held that year. In October, the outspoken Trump fan said he'd had enough of politics. West told his Twitter followers that his "eyes are now wide open" after he felt he was being used to "spread messages" that he didn't believe in. It's unclear what prompted the rapper to announce his "distance," but at the time he did reference "Blexit" — a campaign developed by conservative activist Candace Owens aiming to move African-American voters away from the Democratic Party. Weeks earlier, West had lunch with Trump and also met with him in the Oval Office. Donning a red "MAGA" cap, West praised the president and covered scattered topics, including Superman, the 13th and Second Amendments and North Korea. When I put this hat on, it made me feel like Superman — my favorite superhero.
McCaskill added, "And so she's now talked about a lot. "But I hope she also realizes that the parts of the country that are rejecting the Democratic Party, like a whole lot of white working class voters, need to hear about how their work is going to be respected, and the dignity of their jobs, and how we can really stick to issues that we can actually accomplish something on." In the interview, the blunt-speaking Missouri Democrat, reflecting on her election loss to Republican Josh Hawley -- a political novice whom she also referred to as a "bright shining object" -- also didn't mince words for the Republican Party. As she sat back in her chair in the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee's hearing room, where she served as the ranking Democrat, she said of Trump, "I mean, he's almost the master of, 'I'm going to do so much stuff that's crazy that nobody notices crazy anymore.' She added: "I think Fox News Channel would have gone up in some kind of spontaneous combustion, had that happened (during the Obama years). But it happens under Trump and it's like, well, just another day at the office. What turned the tide, in McCaskill's view, was the raging fight over Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court. Asked about her views on McConnell, she said she believes that "every decision" the GOP leader makes is based on whether it helps Republican senators. "He is a very, very political leader," McCaskill said of McConnell. This is someone who is figuring out how he can win elections and beat Democrats like me."
Kim Kardashian says she had to educate Kanye West on politics after his visit to the White House last month. As you know, the rapper distanced himself from his MAGA-loving ways on October 30 following months of slinging support for President Donald Trump and controversial figures like Candace Owens, tweeting: "My eyes are now wide open and now realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in. "I feel like he's very misunderstood and the worst communicator. But, when we talk about it, we have very similar politics," the reality star explained. "He's very not political, actually, he just happens to like Donald Trump's personality, but doesn’t know about the politics. I think it gets really misconstrued. I could also co-exist with someone and still have different political views. He never said that he supports that. But he's just fighting for free thought and freedom to like a person even if it's not the popular decision." Kardashian, meanwhile, has been working closely with Trump on prison reform.
Even though Kanye West has been outspoken in his controversial support of President Donald Trump, wife Kim Kardashian insists that her husband doesn’t understand “the politics” of the president — but likes his “personality.” “I feel like he’s very misunderstood and is the worst communicator,” Kardashian said of West in an interview with CNN commentator Van Jones on Wednesday at a criminal justice reform conference. West is “very not political, actually. He just happens to like Donald Trump’s personality — but doesn’t know about the politics,” said Kardashian. “So I’ve educated him recently.” She explained: “I know it’s very confusing because when you see someone wearing a red [“Make America great again”] hat, you would think that they are supporting that. “But I also do believe people have their own journeys. I know his heart, so I know that one day what he’s been trying to say will come out.” Check out the rest of the interview in the video above. Kardashian’s comments about West begin at 26:00. He said later on Twitter that he had been “used to spread messages I don’t believe in.” He referred to his apparent support for a movement that encourages black Americans to leave the Democratic Party for the Republicans — but offered no other specifics about how he had been used. — ye (@kanyewest) October 30, 2018 CORRECTION: A previous version of this story indicated that “Blexit” is black support for Brexit. A Minnesota nonprofit that uses the term to refer to investing in black-owned banks and businesses has sent Owens a cease-and-desist letter over her use of the name.
Kim Kardashian West said her husband, Kanye West, is the “worst communicator” and often gets his message “misconstrued” in an attempt to defend his support of Donald Trump. Ms Kardashian West was speaking at Variety and Rolling Stone’s criminal justice reform summit when moderate Van Jones asked the reality television star about the Chicago rapper’s politics. “He’s very not political, actually, he just happens to like Donald Trump’s personality, but doesn’t know about the politics,” she said, after explaining that Mr West shares similar politics when discussing it with her. “He never said, ‘OK, I know what’s going on with immigration, and I know this and I know that.’ If he really knew, he would feel very compassionate about it. World news in pictures Show all 50 left Created with Sketch. World news in pictures As of recently, Mr West said he is taking a break from politics and felt "used to spread messages" he does not believe in after black conservative personality Candace Owens allegedly used the Chicago native's name in a "Blexit," a portmanteau for "black" and "exit," apparel line. The beauty mogul said that Mr West is fixated on fighting for “free thought.” “I know it’s very confusing, because when you see someone wearing a red hat you would think that they are supporting that. But he’s just fighting for free thought and freedom to like a person, even if it’s not the popular decision.” Ms Kardashian West has gotten political in the last year. She has been working to make strides in criminal justice reform, providing legal teams to prisoners and appearing in several podcasts and television programs to bring awareness. On June 6, Mr Trump granted her clemency and she was released.
Over time that assumption has evolved into a requirement. Consider the ease with which women are branded antiwoman for divergent beliefs. Kanye West, after his recent dealings with the president, was described by left-leaning luminaries as “the token [racial slur] of the Trump administration,” “what happens when [racial slur] don’t read,” and suffering from “mental illness.” Mr. West, unfortunately, stepped beyond the monothinking through which others have defined his race. Identity politics has done more to disenfranchise individual thought, erode effective civil discourse and encourage hate than, perhaps, any other single recent factor in American society. And, it should be noted, identity politics was promoted for decades before Donald Trump entered the political stage. Glen Esnard Newport Beach, Calif. As a straight man taking heat for liking the ballet, Mr. Fleming may appreciate my circumstances as a gay man who loves sports. I live in a community that cannot overstate the need for inclusiveness and acceptance, but to ask someone you are getting to know if they are a sports fan is to invite immediate ridicule. “How butch!” used to be the common response. Today, a simple “no” said with a certain finality seems to suffice, I think fed by the more certain societal strangulation of anything not considered gay appropriate. Like Mr. Fleming, I have football and basketball tickets, but I have a hard time sharing them because gay men can’t fathom (are afraid?)
Kanye West says he's "distancing" himself from politics. Run by Conservative commentator Candace Owens it encourages black Americans to quit the Democratic party. It seems Kanye West intends to step away from politics altogether now. Report Writing to his 28.7 million followers the musician said: "I support creating jobs and opportunities for people who need them the most. Apparently he meant to write "amend". And his performance on the American comedy show Saturday Night Live a few weeks ago sparked outrage and amusement in equal measure. "So many times I talk to a white person and [they] say, 'How could you like Trump, he's racist?'" Kanye West has been very upfront about his support for President Trump. Kanye West ended this latest series of messages saying: "I believe in love and compassion for people seeking asylum and parents who are fighting to protect their children from violence and war." Follow Newsbeat on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Copyright 2018 CNN (CNN) - Just weeks after visiting the White House, Kanye West appears to be a little tired of politics. The rapper and designer on Tuesday said on Twitter that he plans on "distancing" himself from politics, alleging he's being "used to spread messages I don't believe in." "I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative!!!" he wrote. This week, West became associated with a campaign led by conservative activist Candace Owens that encourages black voters to leave the Democratic Party. While Owens clarified West's role in designing the logo for her campaign -- she said on Twitter that West merely made an introduction -- West was seemingly unnerved by the attention. West wrote that he "never wanted any association" with the campaign and has "nothing to do with it." West first showed his support for Owens in April in a tweet, saying, "I love the way Candace Owens thinks." His attempt to separate himself from the political conversation comes one month after a rant about Trump after his "SNL" performance caused a new wave backlash against the outspoken musician, who has made a string of controversial and inflammatory comments in recent months. In his tweets on Tuesday, West expressed appreciation for those who have stood by him.
Kanye West, the rapper who became a hero of some conservatives by forcefully supporting President Trump, tweeted on Tuesday that he had been “used to spread messages I don’t believe in” and pledged to stay away from politics. Such a pronouncement, made in a string of declarations on Twitter, necessitates an immediate list of caveats. Saying you’ll do something is quite a bit different from doing it, and Mr. West has proved to be impulsive on social media. Few will be surprised if the vow doesn’t last long. And his tweets were the closest he’s come to expressing regret over his much-criticized political commentary, which has disappointed many of his fans and peers and earned praise from conservative figures. (There was no sign anything like this had been happening.) And it might suck the air out of a sideshow that has commanded significant attention as the country reels from intense partisanship and violence in the shadow of the coming midterm elections. Ms. Owens has promoted a movement and brand known as Blexit, in which she encourages black people to exit the Democratic Party. Mr. West said he had introduced her to a designer to create a logo for the brand, but now he was bristling at being connected to it. “I have nothing to do with it.” He also listed some of his political beliefs, including the need for prison reform, gun laws and “love and compassion for people seeking asylum.” For her part, Ms. Owens wrote a blog post on Wednesday saying she was sorry for upsetting Mr. West.