Kim Kardashian recounts the night in September 2018 when her husband Kanye West donned a Make America Great Again hat to show his support for then-President Trump at the Saturday Night Live phase. And leading up to the episode, she was firmly in the camp that wanted him to do it.
“I was very nervous. I didn’t want him to wear the red hat,” Kardashian said in a new interview with journalist Bari Weiss. “I’m not much of a rule breaker, so my personality would be like, ‘Okay, you guys don’t like the red hat? I’ll take it off.’ I remember there were other people around and it became something he didn’t elaborate on because he wanted to be who he is I’m very neutral but that night I was very forceful with him and argued with him like, “You have to take that hat off.” And looking back, I think why would he take that off if he believes in that? Why can’t he wear it on TV? Half the country voted for him, so obviously other people like him.”
Looking back, however, she thinks otherwise.
“I learned a lot from that situation. Whatever happened, it taught me to be a little more empathetic to people who just want to do what they want to do: free speech!” said Kardashian. “And if you want to wear the hat, wear the hat. I respect the fact that he knew exactly what he believed in and always stood behind it. For me that is a good quality to have, no matter who is against you and no whatever the circumstances. I just think it’s admirable and it’s just a really cool quality. Even if it’s not what I agree with, or even if I would have done it differently, I think it’s commendable.”
Kardashian has since filed for divorce from West, her husband of more than seven years, and has changed her life in other ways. She has become an advocate for prison reform and passed the baby bar exam en route to her work as a lawyer.
She had and would later face repercussions herself for working with Trump on criminal justice reforms, including the release of Alice Marie Johnson from prison. Johnson had notoriously spent 22 years behind bars for committing a first non-violent drug offence.
“I really don’t care about the criticism,” Kardashian said. “I mean, my reputation over someone’s life? Then destroy me. I really don’t care. It wasn’t even an option. And he did the right thing. I’m just doing the right thing; I’m really not about politics. It’s really about about the people inside and if I can do anything – be it Obama, Biden or Trump I’m willing to work with anyone It’s not really about being liked If I could change someone’s life there goes it’s me.”
Kardashian described cancellation culture as “the most ridiculous” because, she said, people worried about “every last thing” that they say isn’t themselves.
“I believe if we cancel someone for something they’ve done or said in the past, we’re not inviting them into the conversation to really understand,” she said.