Kim Kardashian Talks Kanye West’s Presidential Run: ‘That Was News to Me’
The would-be FLOTUS opened up about her hubby’s 2020 presidential campaign, and how Kanye would redecorate the White House.
At last month’s VMAs, the world witnessed an admittedly high Kanye West ramble through an impassioned, splendidly stream-of-consciousness acceptance speech before the musician/entrepreneur/fashion designer multi-hyphenate dropped the K-Bomb: “I have decided in 2020 to run for president.”He doubled down on the announcement in a recent interview with Vanity Fair, confirming he’s “definitely” gunning for the Oval Office in 2020, and confessing, “I sit in clubs and I’m like, Wow, I’ve got five years before I go and run for office and I’ve got a lot of research to do, I’ve got a lot of growing up to do.”
Well, that would make his wife, reality star turned entrepreneur Kim Kardashian, the would-be First Lady of the United States. In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres on Wednesday, Kardashian, after sharing some cute anecdotes about her daughter North’s penchant for princess costumes, opened up about her hubby’s planned POTUS run.
When asked whether she knew Kanye was going to announce, Kardashian replied, “Uh, I did not. That was news to me… That wasn’t a discussion in our household.” “He’s serious,” she continued. “I believe he is serious, and I know that he—if he puts his mind to something, he’ll do his best. It’s been fascinating just hearing all the conversations that have gone on since that announcement. I don’t know if that was planned and I just didn’t know about it, or he came up with that idea right then and there, um… I’m looking forward to what’s to come.”
So Kardashian was probably the most shocked person of all to hear Kanye’s big political news. “That’s a big thing to, you know, not talk to your wife about,” she told Ellen. “But I think it would be so much fun to be in the White House. I was joking with him and said, ‘You’re going to have to make it to a second term, ‘cause he loves redecorating, so you’re going to have to redo the whole White House. And we’re not going to be able to enjoy it [the first term] so we’re just going to have to go with the flow.”
Kardashian also opened up about her pregnancy—no, she won’t be naming her son ‘South West’—and whether she’s ruled out having more children. “This is a boy,” she said. “When you do have the baby though, and you see what a miracle is, and the baby is just your whole life, you do forget about all of the torture you went through being pregnant. So, never say never. A psychic emailed me the other day and said, ‘You’re going to have twins in 2018,’ and I was like, ‘Lose my email! No I’m not!’” “I do like the name Easton. Easton West,” she added. “I don’t think my husband likes that name, but I do like it. I don’t think we’ll go another direction. It’s definitely not ‘South.’ Every time someone says ‘South,’ I just roll my eyes.”
Caitlyn Jenner’s coming out story was brought up, and Kardashian once again told the story of how she first overheard her biological father, Robert Kardashian, discussing then-Bruce’s cross-dressing with his friends when she was 11, and how she walked in on Caitlyn when she was 21.“I always thought he was just being a hater—you know, the new husband, and he was jealous and made this up. So I totally let it go and didn’t think about it again,” said Kardashian. “And then when I walked in, I never would have even known that that was Bruce dressed up. It was in the garage. The garage was open, I walked in… and [my Mom] was out of town visiting my grandma, and so he forgot that I had moved in and was dressing up, and it immediately clicked—that is Bruce dressed up, and that’s what my Dad would always say. And I just ran in, was shaking and crying, packed a bag so quick, ran out the front door and called Kourtney. I said, ‘You have no idea what I just walked in on with Bruce.’ She said, ‘You caught him cheating,’ and I said, ‘I wish.’ We didn’t even know what it meant.” But now that Caitlyn is out and proud, things seem to be smoother between the two.“Yes, I brought North over for Father’s Day,” recalled Kardashian. “I called and said, ‘You’re really inviting us over for Father’s Day? Are you expecting a gift? You’re not double-dipping here—it’s either Mother’s Day, or Father’s Day. You get one gift!” “It’s not really for us to judge,” she added. “If that’s how Caitlyn wants to live her life, then I support her for it, and I’m going to try to make it an easy transition for the other family members.”