After raising eyebrows in a bizarre sit-down with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office, iconic rapper and designer Kanye West is expanding his support for Trump and the Republican party by teaming up with Trump ally and conspiracy theorist Candace Owens.
West has designed tee-shirts endorsing a “blexit” (black exit)–or a massive exit of African Americans from the Democratic party. Owens, who is a spokeswoman for the conservative group Turning Point USA, unveiled the shirt last week at the National Black Youth Leadership Summit at the White House.
At long last, https://t.co/nUoq5DBrzU is launched!!!
The official Black Exit from the Democrat Party.
NO MORE ENSLAVED MINDS. AMERICA FIRST.
Support our movement by visiting https://t.co/nUoq5DBrzU today!!!
WE ARE FREE!!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/sIYzRHyPXx
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) October 27, 2018
— Nikki Schwab (@NikkiSchwab) October 27, 2018
“Blexit is a renaissance and I am blessed to say that this logo, these colors, were created by my dear friend and fellow superhero Kanye West. [West] has taken one of the boldest steps in America to open a conversation we have needed to have.”
Owens recently received massive backlash for a now-deleted tweet in which she asserted that the bombs delivered to prominent Democrats and media companies were sent by Democrats themselves:
“I’m going to go ahead and state that there is a 0% chance that these ‘suspicious packages’ were sent out by conservatives. The only thing ‘suspicious’ about these packages, is their timing. Caravans, fake bomb threats—these leftists are going ALL OUT for midterms.”
Soon after, Trump fanatic Cesar Sayoc was found to be the sender.
While West has expressed admiration for Donald Trump for almost a year now, his escalation of support for the president with the Oval Office meeting and his efforts to move African Americans from the Democratic party has struck the ire of many.
I am black & I don't know any other black person who gives a damn about what Kanye West designs or thinks…Kanye doesn't speak for me nor does that idiot Candace Owens…there's always a few in every race who would sell their mother to the almighty dollar…so there's that… https://t.co/z518Z831vE
— Mahogany, MBA (@Mahogany1992) October 29, 2018
Whats the point of walking away from the plantation just to jump back on the slave ship?
— bonecrusher (@sixftstryder_1) October 29, 2018
In a word? No.
In two words? HELL no.
— Jef Vinson (@Jefwitonef) October 28, 2018
Poor stooge. He has no idea how he is being used by people who view him as inferior.
— BlueJay_NE (@TANickMA) October 29, 2018
The release of the shirts marked an array of other reactions as well.