On the heels of an interview with the Guardian in which reality TV mogul Kim Kardashian expressed uncertainty about who to vote for this November, fellow reality TV fixture Donald Trump offered her some advice: "Hey @KimKardashian--I hear you are undecided in the election. I can explain why you should vote for @MittRomney," the real estate and comb-over king tweeted Monday morning.
Kardashian voted for the first time in 2008, supporting Obama, and she told the Guardian: "I loved being part of that decision-making process, but I never voted in prior years when I was legally eligible. I don't know why."
She also cut her stint at New York Fashion Week short to attend a club party at the Democratic National Convention, and even posted a voting app to her Celebuzz page, writing, "Regardless of your previous political stance, who your parents are voting for or who your friends are supporting, it's important that we each make our own decision this year when it comes to voting!"
Kardashian is presumably registered in California, owning a home in the Calabasas neighborhood of Los Angeles, and thus the single vote of the self-proclaimed "liberal Republican" is unlikely to change the tide of the 2012 race. But at least some of her 16 million Twitter followers reside in swing states, so U.S. News analyzed her lifestyle to see which candidate could win a coveted endorsement from Kim K:
According to Forbes, Kardashian earned $18 million as of May 2012, between her family's $30 million E! deal, her $6 million fragrance, the clothing lines and boutiques she shares with her sisters, and six-figure nightclub appearances. Using the Obama campaign's own tax calculator, a single woman with no dependents (at least for now) who makes that kind of money would benefit immensely under Romey's plan, saving $245,551 in the Republican's plan, versus $5,353 under Obama's proposals.
Kardashian is an ardent supporter of gay rights, and praised Obama for endorsing same-sex marriage. She blogged:
"Wow… I just heard that President Obama has officially announced that he supports gay marriage!! This is such a huge step forward in our country's fight for civil rights and I hope that today this will give hope to so many young people across the country."
Mitt Romney does not support same-sex marriage, saying after Obama's announcement, "I have the same view on marriage that I had when I was governor. I believe marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman." The Guardian said Kardashian was "put off" by Mitt Romney because of his same-sex marriage stance.
Kardashian told Oprah that she had started using birth control when she was 14 years old. Obama's Affordable Care Act requires that employers offer insurance plans that cover employees' contraceptives. Romney has vowed to repeal the healthcare law and opposed its birth control mandate. He also promised to "get rid of" Planned Parenthood, later clarifying that he meant he would cut federal funding to the organization that offers a variety of health services to women, including birth control.
The Armenian Genocide
Kardashian, who is of Armenian descent, has been vocal about Armenian genocide: the deportation and murder of some 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman government in the early 1900s. In addition to tweeting about the massacre and discussing it on her reality show, Kardashian filmed a PSA video commemorating the victims.
As a presidential candidate in 2008, Obama vowed to recognize the Armenian massacre as a "genocide" (The U.S. ambassador to Aremenia was allegedly fired by the Bush administration for using the term) if elected president. However the Armenian National Committee of America slammed Obama for neglecting to use the term in his 2012 statement on the "Armenian Remembrance Day." Mitt Romney has been invited by the Armenian National Committee to elaborate his stance, along with other issues affecting the Armenian-American community.
Obama supporters have criticized Bain Capital, the private equity firm founded by Romney, for its business practices, including the outsourcing of jobs to China. The Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights also accused the Kardashian clan of using Chinese factories to make some of their products, where laborers work 84-hour weeks, making $1 per hour in inhumane conditions.
Donald Trump is not the only person in Kim's circle talking politics. In a newly released song, Kim's beau Kanye West raps, "I'm just trying to protect my stacks/ Mitt Romney don't pay no tax, Mitt Romney don't pay no tax." Obama once called Kanye West a "jackass," though he admires West's music. However West's Watch The Throne partner, Jay-Z and his wife, Beyonce Knowles, are both Obama supporters, hosting a fundraiser and recording a campaign video for the president. Whether they have any influence over Kardashian is unclear--Beyonce may or may not have snubbed Kardashian at a recent concert.
There is still room for the 2012 candidates to win Kim's vote--Romney could capitalize on the supposed Kim-Beyonce beef and Obama could soften his anti-Kanye rhetoric. Once Kardashian does choose a candidate, let's hope she leaves the singing about the 2012 race to the the professionals.
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