Kim Kardashian revealed that she doesn’t care about the backlash she received for working with former President Donald Trump on criminal justice reform in an interview with Bari Weiss.
“I really don’t care about the criticism,” Kardashian told Weiss. “I mean, my reputation over someone’s life? Destroy me then. I really don’t care. It was not even an option. And he did the right thing.”
Weiss noted that Kardashian helped “swing” Trump’s support for the First Step Act, which reformed federal prisons and sentencing laws. Kardashian’s dialogue with Trump also helped commute the sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, who spent more than two decades behind bars for a non-violent drug offense.
“I’m just about doing the right thing; I’m really not about politics at all,” Kardashian said. “It’s really about the people inside and if I can do anything—no matter if it’s Obama, Biden, Trump, I’m willing to work with anybody. It’s not really about being liked. If I could change someone’s life, that’s what it’s about for me.”
Kardashian also spoke about the time that Kanye West, who she is divorcing, wore a MAGA hat while performing on SNL. She admitted she was “nervous” about West wearing the hat and didn’t want him to do it.
“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,’” Kardashian said. “And now looking back, I think, why should he take that off if that’s what he believes in? Why can’t he wear that on TV? Half of the country voted for him, so clearly other people like him.”
When asked about her own political affiliations, Kardashian said she sided with the Democrats on social issues but agreed with Republicans on taxes. “I’m a mix of both,” she said.
Ahead of the 2020 election, some predicted that Trump would receive more support from black Americans because of policies he adopted that were beneficial to black communities.
“I’m gonna send this flag up so the Democratic Party — people need to understand this,” Jamal Simmons, a political analyst for CBS News, said in February 2020.
“We talked to Terrance Woodbury, who’s a young African American pollster. He has been saying for months that President Trump has been going very hard at African American men,” Simmons added.
Simmons, a veteran of the campaigns of Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, said Trump’s friendship with rapper Kanye West and his wife Kim Kardashian, the extradition of rapper A$AP Rocky from Sweden, and getting an increase in funding for historically black colleges and universities all would likely lead to an increase in his popularity among young, black voters.
“They’re not gonna let up,” he said of the president’s outreach to that voting bloc.
During his State of the Union speech the same month, Trump touted his economic policy successes during his three-year tenure, including putting more blacks back to work — the most in several generations.
Trump gained six percentage points among black men, and five percentage points among Hispanic women in the 2020 election.
The Daily Caller News Foundation contributed to this report.