In the past, rapper Kanye West has expressed his support for President Donald Trump — but his wife, Kim Kardashian, recently revealed that she has attempted to change his opinion about the president.
During a criminal justice reform summit earlier this week, the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star attempted to distance her husband from the president.
“I feel like [Kanye is] very misunderstood and the worst communicator,” she told CNN’s Van Jones. “But, when we talk about it, we have very similar politics. He’s very not political, actually.”
“He just happens to like Donald Trump’s personality, but doesn’t know about the politics,” she added. “So, I’ve educated him recently. And I think it gets really misconstrued.”
Although Kardashian considered herself a “liberal Republican” when she was younger, she has turned further Left in recent years and endorsed Hillary Clinton for president in 2016.
At the time, she explained that gun control and keeping abortion legal were her biggest priorities politically.
As far as West’s views and relationship with President Trump goes, Kardashian said the rapper remains friendly with the president.
“He will always say that he was friendly with [Trump] before, and he’s the same person, and he’s friendly with him now,” she said. “And I [can] also co-exist with someone and still have different political views.”
“I think what my husband fights for … is the right to like what he wants to — like, even if it’s different from what you like,” she added.
“He never said, ‘OK, I know what’s going on with immigration. I know this, I know that.’ If he really knew, he would feel very compassionate about it … I know it’s very confusing because when you see someone wearing a red [MAGA] hat, you would think that they’re supporting that.”
She finished by saying, “But he’s just fighting for free thought and for the freedom to like a person even if it’s not the popular decision.”
Both West and Kardashian have formed relationships with President Trump this year; but West has received the majority of media attention.
Most notably, he visited the White House last month for a summit on criminal justice reform. West had been slammed by left-wing media and fellow celebrities for months for wearing a Make America Great Again hat and repeatedly saying he supported President Trump.
Ultimately, the rapper decided to step away from the political limelight in late October after conservative pundit Candace Owens seemed to partially credit him with designing “#Blexit” T-shirts when he did not want anything to do with the movement.
It was meant to encourage black people to step away from the Democrat Party. West did not mention President Trump when he made this decision to solely focus on his art.
Kardashian also met with President Trump this year to advocate for the pardon of Alice Marie Johnson, a 62-year-old great grandmother who had been spending her life behind bars for a nonviolent drug crime she had committed decades ago; Trump delivered on the release of Johnson. In part because of this, Kardashian is one of the more prominent celebs who does not bash the president on a regular basis, even when pushed to do so by leftists like late-night hosts like Jimmy Kimmel.
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Tom Joyce is a freelance writer from the South Shore of Massachusetts. He covers sports, pop culture, and politics and has contributed to The Federalist, Newsday, and other outlets.