Kim Kardashian: Kanye West doesn't know a lot about Trump's politics

Sarah Harvard

Kim Kardashian West said her husband, Kanye West, is the “worst communicator” and often gets his message “misconstrued” in an attempt to defend his support of Donald Trump.

Ms Kardashian West was speaking at Variety and Rolling Stone’s criminal justice reform summit when moderate Van Jones asked the reality television star about the Chicago rapper’s politics.

“He’s very not political, actually, he just happens to like Donald Trump’s personality, but doesn’t know about the politics,” she said, after explaining that Mr West shares similar politics when discussing it with her.

Ms Kardashian West said she has been educating her husband on Donald Trump’s policies.

“What he fights for is the right to like what he wants to like. Even if it’s different from what you like,” Ms Kardashian West said, referring to her husband’s controversial visit to the White House. “He never said, ‘OK, I know what’s going on with immigration, and I know this and I know that.’ If he really knew, he would feel very compassionate about it. He never said that he supports that."

As of recently, Mr West said he is taking a break from politics and felt "used to spread messages" he does not believe in after black conservative personality Candace Owens allegedly used the Chicago native's name in a "Blexit," a portmanteau for "black" and "exit," apparel line. Blexit is a fringe movement Ms Owens started that calls on black Americans to leave the Democratic apartment. After Mr West announced his hiatus from politics, he made a $200,000 donation to Amara Enyia, a progressive Democrat, running for the Chicago Mayoral race.

The beauty mogul said that Mr West is fixated on fighting for “free thought.”

“I know it’s very confusing, because when you see someone wearing a red hat you would think that they are supporting that. But he’s just fighting for free thought and freedom to like a person, even if it’s not the popular decision.”

Ms Kardashian West has gotten political in the last year. She has been working to make strides in criminal justice reform, providing legal teams to prisoners and appearing in several podcasts and television programs to bring awareness. More notably, Ms Kardashian West helped Alice Johnson—a black grandmother who served 21 years into a life sentence for a first time nonviolent drug trafficking offence—by offering legal assistance and pleading the White House to pardon her.

On June 6, Mr Trump granted her clemency and she was released.