Is the West home a house divided?
That’s certainly what it seems after Kanye West announced at a San Jose concert on Nov. 18 that, if he had voted, he would have cast his ballot for Donald Trump — and then again when the rapper visited the president-elect at Trump Tower on Dec. 13.
This friendship doesn’t seem to align with his wife’s political views: She was open about her support for Hillary Clinton — though she briefly seemed to flirt with the idea of voting for Trump a few months prior to the election, after speaking with self-declared Republican Caitlyn Jenner.
In September, Kardashian set the record straight and formally endorsed Clinton. In particular, she mentioned Clinton’s views on gun control and reproductive rights as a deciding factor.
“I found that without a doubt, I stand with Hillary,” she said. “I’m with her. I believe Hillary will best represent our country and is the most qualified for the job. This year, I’m not just voting for myself, but also for my children, and I took that into careful consideration when I made my decision.”
Though the endorsement didn’t come until September, many considered it a done deal when Kardashian posted an Instagram with Clinton (and West!) back in August 2015 with the caption “I got my selfie!!! I really loved hearing her speak & hearing her goals for our country! #HillaryForPresident”
However, while West said that he supported Trump, he also said that he still supported Black Lives Matter, as well as LGBTQ and women’s rights.
“That don’t mean that I don’t think black lives matter,” he said during his show. “That I don’t believe in women’s rights. That don’t mean that I don’t believe in gay marriage.”
He also made a controversial statement about racism in the United States.
“To black people, stop focusing on racism,” he said. “We live in a racist country, period.”
This statement seems to be in contrast with one Kardashian made a few months ago, in support of Black Lives Matter, in which she wrote of concerns for the country and her children:
“It is our responsibility as Americans and as parents to create a safe future for our children. We must do something NOW. We must speak up until we are heard and real, effective changes are made.”
Kardashian’s political beliefs have evolved over the years: Back in 2012, she called herself a “liberal Republican,” saying she was a fiscal conservative and a social liberal. But this summer, in an interview with GQ, she said she now identified as a Democrat.
“As I’ve grown up, I decided what I think is best for me instead of what my parents would have voted for,” she told the magazine.
West made a political move of his own in December, when he paid President-Elect Trump a visit at Trump Tower. He later wrote on Twitter that he wanted to have the meeting to “discuss multicultural issues” including bullying, violence in Chicago and schools.
He then tweeted #2024, which seems to imply that he’s pushing off his potential White House run until Trump can no longer run for the presidency.
One political measure that would certainly bring the two together? A West ticket for the White House.