When It Comes to Politics, Kanye West 'Doesn’t Want to Be Told What He Should Be,' Kim Kardashian Says
"He doesn’t represent either side, but he doesn’t want to be told what he should be," Kim said of husband Kanye, who has been supportive of President Donald Trump
“He doesn’t represent either side,” she told Vogue for the magazine’s May cover story. “But he doesn’t want to be told what he should be. It can be confusing. I get it. The one thing that I respect so much is that he is who he is, no matter what anyone tries to tell him to do.”
She said she’s had to learn how to move past it all.
“I can be sitting there crying: OH, MY GOD! TAKE OFF THE RED HAT! Because he really is the sweetest person with the biggest heart. I stopped caring, though,” she told Vogue. “Because I used to care so much. I was making it such an issue in our relationship. And in my life. It gave me so much anxiety.”
(Elsewhere in the story, Kim, 38, reiterated, “I share every opinion that I have and let him know when I think something’s wrong.”)
In recent months Kim has become one of the country’s most visible lobbyists for criminal justice reform, personally interceding in the case of Alice Johnson, a nonviolent drug offender imprisoned in Alabama. Kim joined other activists in pushing Trump to grant her clemency, which he did last year.
“So grateful to @realDonaldTrump, Jared Kushner & to everyone who has showed compassion & contributed countless hours to this important moment for Ms. Alice Marie Johnson,” Kim tweeted afterward. “Her commutation is inspirational & gives hope to so many others who are also deserving of a second chance.”
Husband Kanye, 41, has not been as political — in terms of policy — but has been happy to spend time with the historically divisive Trump, who is both beloved and despised.
“Trump is on his hero’s journey right now,” Kanye said during an Oval Office visit in October, in a rambling visit watched rapt by reporters.
Speaking of his fondness for Trump’s “Make America Great Again” hats, Kanye said, “It was something about when I put this hat on, it made me feel like superman. You made a superman. That’s my favorite super hero. And you made a superman cape for me.”
Kanye said then that he “looks up” to Trump as one of the “American industry guys” who helped remind him of his masculinity.
“You know, my dad and my mom separated so I didn’t have a lot of male energy in my home and also I’m married to a family that, you know — not a lot of male energy going on,” he said. “It’s beautiful though. But there’s times where, you know, it’s something about, you know — I love Hillary. I love everyone, right? But the campaign [slogan] ‘I’m with her’ just didn’t make me feel as a guy, that didn’t get to see my dad all the time, like a guy that could play catch with his son.”
Days earlier Kanye had hosted Saturday Night Live where he wore a MAGA hat that he said he’d been advised not to keep on.
“They bullied me backstage,” he claimed.
“Follow your heart and stop following your mind,” he said on SNL. “That’s how we’re controlled. That’s how we’re programmed. If you want the world to move forward, try love. Thank y’all for giving me this platform.”
All of this was after he tweeted last April: “You don’t have to agree with trump [sic] but the mob can’t make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don’t agree with everything anyone does. That’s what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought.”
Kanye previously visited with Trump at Trump Tower in New York after the 2016 election.
“We’ve been friends for a long time,” Trump said at the time.
Trump’s then-spokeswoman told the New York Times, “The meeting was requested by Kanye and we were delighted to host him. They had a very positive and productive conversation.”