- The White House
- President Donald Trump reportedly told Kim Kardashian during their meeting last week that she and her husband Kanye West are helping improve his support among black voters.
- West tweeted several messages supportive of Trump in April. Kim defended his right to have his own opinions and express himself.
President Donald Trump reportedly told reality-TV star Kim Kardashian that she and her husband, hip-hop artist Kanye West, are boosting his approval among black voters, two sources familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.
Kardashian and her attorney visited the White House las week to discuss prison reform and a potential presidential pardon for Alice-Marie Johnson, a 62-year old grandmother currently serving a life sentence for a first-time nonviolent drug-related offense committed in the 1990s. Kardashian said she became interested in Johnson’s case after seeing a viral video about it.
West was hailed by conservatives and rebuked by other Hollywood celebrities in April when he fired off a series of tweets supportive of Trump, including one of him wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat. He later clarified, “I don’t agree with everything Trump does. I don’t agree 100% with anyone but myself.”
You don't have to agree with trump 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 WEST (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018
Kardashian rebuffed people criticizing her husband’s tweets, stating, “Now when he spoke out about Trump… Most people (including myself) have very different feelings & opinions about this. But this is HIS opinion. I believe in people being able to have their own opinions, even if really different from mine.”
Speaking at the National Rifle Association convention on May 4, Trump claimed, “Kanye West must have some power because you probably saw I doubled my African-American poll numbers. We went from 11 to 22 in one week.”
The Reuters poll he was referring to, however, only polled African-American men and had too small of a sample size (fewer than 200), and too large of a margin of error to reliably show a shift in public opinion. His approval rating among African-Americans as a group went from 8.9% to 16.5%.
Trump and West met at Trump Tower in December 2016 where they discussed “life.” Earlier that year, West said he would have cast a ballot for Trump had he voted in the 2016 election.