Kanye West is officially throwing his support behind Candace Owens’s “Blexit” movement, and plenty of people aren’t happy. “Blexit,” shorthand for “black exit,” encourages blacks who support the Democratic Party to cross over to the Republican Party. Hence, the Brexit-inspired title.
As Page Six explains, the rapper’s “Blexit” merchandise made its debut at the Turning Point USA’s Young Black Leadership Summit in Washington on Saturday. Owens serves as Turning Point USA’s communications director; West has previously praised the conservative thought leader on Twitter.
“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,” Owens said of the new shirts at the event, according to Page Six. In addition to bearing the movement name, some of the shirts also say “We Free.”
Page Six also reports that Owens told the crowd of conference-goers that West “has taken one of the boldest steps in America to open a conversation we have needed to have.”
The “Yikes” rapper recently met with President Trump at the Oval Office and delivered a speech that touched on a variety of issues. West said that wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat made him “feel like Superman,” and he criticized Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign slogan, “I’m with her,” as well. West also talked about mental health, hydrogen-powered planes, and a slew of other topics.
But as The Hill points out, West doesn’t seem to have abandoned the Democratic Party entirely. West reportedly donated $73,000 to Amara Enyia’s campaign for mayor of Chicago, and Enyia is a Democratic candidate.
Not everyone agrees with West’s embrace of the president and the “Blexit” movement, though.
Still, the movement does seem to have some supporters, both at the event on Saturday and on Twitter.
Others criticized the fact that “Blexit” appears to have many white supporters.
And some people made fun of the confusing “Blexit” logo on the new merchandise.
Whatever people’s opinions about “Blexit” are, though, it may be around for a while. Owens said at Saturday’s event that “the Blexit movement will spend 2019 holding rallies in every major city in America that the Democrats have destroyed,” according to Page Six.
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