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Kim Kardashian Running For President In 2020 Or 2024?

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Kim Kardashian President

By Shari Weiss |

Kim Kardashian President

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Is Kim Kardashian really making a “$100 million bid” for the White House? A new report claims she’s plotting to run for president in either 2020 or 2024. Gossip Cop can debunk the story. The reality star herself has already said she is not transitioning to politics full-time.

In the wake of convincing President Trump to pardon Alice Johnson, Heat claims “the next big thing the multi-talented entrepreneur has her sights set on is… the White House.” A so-called “insider” is quoted as saying, “Kim is deadly serious about running for president, and she’s willing to put her money where her mouth is.” Asserting Kardashian is worth $300 million, the tabloid’s supposed source alleges that “putting a third or even half of that into a focused political campaign is something she’s prepared to do.”

It’s even claimed Kardashian has been “secretly shadowing politicians, past and present,” yet no officials are named and the magazine has no proof to back up that contention. Still, the purported tipster maintains, “She’s ready to make the transition into someone who is a genuine contender for either 2020 or 2024.” The outlet further contends she’s “stepping up her mission to become Commander in Chief.”

“Kim’s plans are increasingly becoming common knowledge,” claims the alleged tipster, who adds that Kardashian “wants to have everything in place, as well as support from key voter bases, before she officially announces her bid.” As for husband Kanye West’s own presidential aspirations, the publication insists he knows his wife would be “far less divisive” as a candidate than himself, and that he’d be “prouder than ever” to “stand beside her as she becomes America’s first female president.”

It’s actually striking that the questionable “insider” calls the couple a “team,” saying he’s “right behind her, pushing for [her candidacy] to happen” when in February this same tabloid alleged Kardashian was “begging” West to stop “ignoring” her. As Gossip Cop said then, it appeared the magazine has a habit of taking kernels of truth (West taking a trip to Berlin) and turning them into fake narratives (he’s not giving Kardashian “attention”). Now the same tactic appears to be happening here.

To substantiate these contentions about Kardashian running for president, the outlet features quotes from two recent interviews she gave about moving further into politics, in which she said “never say never” and that “this has fulfilled my heart and so since I feel so fulfilled, why would I stop that?” But the publication is misleading readers by manipulating what she said and not including her FULL statements.

When speaking with CNN’s Van Jones about running for president, Kardashian replied, “I don’t think that’s even on my mind.” It was only after he pointed out that “it could happen” since Trump, a fellow reality star, has become president, that she said “I guess, never say never.” She added, “But, it’s not going to be like ‘Kim’s running.’ That’s not what I’m going for.” Heat conveniently left out all of this context.

Similarly, in Kardashian’s “Today” interview, prior to saying she wants to continue helping people because it “fulfills” her, she told Hoda Kotb, “People have been asking me, ‘Are you getting into politics?’ Like no. I’m still doing me.” But because the tabloid cherry-picked her words and left out the denials, readers are being significantly misled.

Conclusion: On both CNN and “Today,” Kardashian explained her desire to keep using her position in society to help others, even possibly by working for an attorney and going to law school. But she largely shot down the idea of taking up the Oval Office, and has made clear she is not entirely changing her career to one in politics. Her words on the record are far more valuable that the unsupported claims from an untraceable, unidentifiable “insider” speaking to an outlet that has a history of twisting the truth.

Sources

King, Alexandra. “Kim for President? ‘Never Say Never," Says Kardashian West.” CNN, 15 June 2018.

Kim, Eun Kyung, and Eric Jackson. “Kim Kardashian West Talks 'Mission' to Free Alice Johnson in Exclusive Interview.” Today, 14 June 2018.

Weiss, Shari. “Kim Kardashian ‘Begging’ Kanye West To Stop ‘Ignoring’ Her?” Gossip Cop, 19 Feb. 2018.


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