Kim Kardashian has confirmed what many suspected after watching Kanye West’s meeting with Donald Trump in the Oval Office, where the rapper proclaimed his support for a divisive president by saying, among other things, that wearing one of Trump’s “Make America Great Again” hats makes him feel “like superman.”
Actually, people suspected two things about Kardashian’s husband after watching that bizarre Oct. 11 visit, or after taking note of the rapper’s other rambling, pro-Trump monologues and tweets praising the MAGA agenda and condemning the 13th Amendment that ended slavery.
People suspected that West was: 1) Off his medication and in the midst of a bipolar disorder-related breakdown; and/or 2) Essentially ignorant about the true nature of Trump, as well as about history and current American politics.
Kardashian essentially confirmed no. 2 at an event Wednesday, saying about her husband: “He is very not political, actually.” According to Vanity Fair, she then explained that West “just happens to like Donald Trump’s personality, but doesn’t know about the politics.”
The reality TV star, entrepreneur and social media titan, speaking on a panel at the Criminal Justice Reform Summit in Los Angeles, tried to explain that her husband has a good heart and means well but is “very misunderstood and the worst communicator.”
Of course, West has been saying politically-related, pro-Trump things — which Kardashian would say have been “misunderstood” — for quite a while now. Kardashian explained to panel moderator Van Jones that she has been trying to respect her husband’s “political journey.”
But she told Jones, a CNN commentator, that her husband’s widely derided Oval Office meeting prompted her to finally intervene to “educate” her husband.
“I’ve educated him,” Kardashian said. “I think he gets really misconstrued. He will always say that he was friendly with (Trump) before . . . and is friendly with him now. . . . I think what my husband fights for — and again, he’s not the best communicator at explaining it — but what he fights for is the right to like what he wants to like, even if it’s different from what you like.”
Kardashian insisted that West never claimed to be an expert on Trump immigration policies — which led to young children being separated at the border by parents — or to be well-versed in the messages of Trump’s MAGA agenda, which critics say has gained support among white nationalists.
“So he never said, ‘Oh yeah, I know all these (things). What’s going on with immigration –and I know this, and I know that,’” Kardashian told Jones, a CNN commentator.
“If he really knew, he would feel very compassionate about it,” Kardashian said. “So he’s never said that he supports that. . . . I know it’s very confusing because, when you see someone wearing a red (MAGA) hat, you would think that they’re supporting that. But he’s just fighting for free thought. And for the freedom to like a person, even if it’s not the popular decision.”
Kardashian’s intervention worked — for now — because the rapper and fashion designer took to social media in late October to issue a series of tweets, vowing that his eyes “are wide open” and he would stop talking about politics — including about Trump, presumably — and would focus just on his creative endeavors.
West also expressed concern that his fame and his pro-Trump comments had been co-opted by those spreading “messages” he doesn’t believe in.
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
However, West’s decision to stay away from politics doesn’t mean he’s cut off contact with the White House, Kardashian said at Wednesday’s summit, according to Variety. In fact, she said her husband reached out to White House officials, expressing concern about Trump’s controversial tweet last weekend, wrongly blaming the California wildfires on forestry management practices.
Kardashian, West and other members of her reality TV family have been forced to evacuate their mansions due to the Woolsey Fire burning north of Los Angeles and in Malibu. West sent a text to people close to Trump asking for “a little more empathy,” Kardashian said.
At the summit, Kardashian also acknowledged that her husband’s pro-Trump statements had been useful in her efforts to champion criminal justice reform and to secure the release of convicted drug trafficker Alice Marie Johnson from a life sentence.
Kardashian also addressed her own headline-making association with members of the Trump family — with White House advisors Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, according to Variety. Through them, Kardashian secured her own Oval Office meeting with Trump in late May. There, she successfully lobbied the president to commute the sentence of Johnson, a 63-year-old grandmother.
Great working session today at the White House on ways to improve the clemency process with policy leaders and criminal justice reform advocates. pic.twitter.com/2Ydoe16Dfo
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) September 6, 2018
Kardashian realized there would be backlash for associating with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, who are mired in their own scandals. But she explained: “For me, it’s a life versus my reputation. People talk (expletive) about me all day long, I didn’t really care. What more could they say about me, seriously?”
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