Reality TV star and businesswoman Kim Kardashian West appeared to endorse Joe Biden for president on Tuesday, even though her husband, musician and fashion designer Kanye West, is running an independent bid for president himself.
It wasn’t exactly a full throated endorsement—she liked a Twitter post from rapper Kid Cudi endorsing the Democrat—but in the reality TV world of the Kardashians, where one’s life is always public, it’s still notable.
Mr West launched an independent bid for the presidency earlier this year, on a platform that combines more conservative priorities like reinstating school prayer with more liberal ones like police reform and student debt forgiveness.
He hasn’t qualified to get his name on the ballot in many states, so he has been encouraging voters to follow his lead and nominate him as a write-in candidate. On Tuesday he shared that he voted for himself, his first ever vote for president.
Republican operatives, including a lawyer who has worked with the Trump campaign in the past, helped Mr West launch his presidential bid, leading some to believe he’s being used as a spoiler to siphon potential votes from Mr Biden. When asked about this possibility, Mr West seemed to confirm it, telling Forbes, “I’m not going to argue with you.”
Once something of a showbiz punchline, Ms Kardashian West has emerged as both a near-billionaire and vocal political advocate for criminal justice reform, including lobbying the Trump administration, which her husband has previously shown his support for.
But Ms Kardashian West’s advocacy on behalf of her husband has been extremely muted. She tweeted an American flag emoji when he announced his candidacy, but has said little else about it in public to date. She reportedly urged him in private not to run and instead focus on his well-documented mental health struggles.
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