Kanye West’s 2020 presidential campaign was ‘the final straw’ for Kim Kardashian

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When did you personally give up on Kanye West? What was your “final straw”? Mine was everything in the fall of 2016, when he suddenly went full MAGA, posed with Donald Trump at Trump Tower, then had a breakdown while Kim was still traumatized from being robbed in Paris. It was like a hurricane of sadness and self-inflicted bullsh-t. That was four years ago and after that, I’ve tried to only cover Kanye when he’s doing something notable or newsworthy, good or bad. 2020 was not a good year for him – in fact, it was his worst year since 2016. He again stayed full MAGA, then launched his own presidential bid which was largely financed and controlled by Trumpland figures. And as it turns out, that was the “final straw” for Kim:

Kanye West’s failed presidential run was “the final straw” for Kim Kardashian, who until then had battled to save their troubled marriage. Page Six exclusively revealed that the couple is heading for divorce after nearly seven years of marriage — and his bizarre presidential campaign made Kardashian realize that she “needed to end the marriage for the sake of her kids and her own sanity,” a source told Page Six.

West’s self-serving bid kicked off with an insane speech in July last year during which he wrongly claimed Harriet Tubman “never actually freed the slaves.” That same month, he also called momager Kris Jenner “Kris Jong-Un” on Twitter and claimed that the famous family was trying to force him into psychiatric treatment.

A second source told us of Kardashian’s reaction to West’s presidential run, “She never came out publicly and endorsed him. Her silence on it spoke volumes.” He finally conceded on Nov. 3.

Despite a Twitter campaign for Kardashian to date CNN’s Van Jones, she isn’t seeing anyone. A source said, “She’s not dating anyone because, if she were, it would be a career move. She can’t go to restaurants now on dates and have paparazzi [due to the pandemic]. She can’t date quietly; she doesn’t even understand what that would be like.”

Another source close to Kardashian said, “We’re talking about someone who is already one of the most famous people in the world … she doesn’t need anyone to make her more famous.”

[From Page Six]

Yeah, it’s true that she never endorsed him, nor did she appear at any of his ridiculous “rallies.” She did retweet his announcement, which some might consider an endorsement, but whatever, splitting hairs. The point is that Kim put up with a lot and I could totally see how the political side of Kanye’s bullsh-t was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Especially since I’m pretty certain that both Kanye and Jared Kushner were committing election fraud!

The Sun also has a story which is just trying to hype what a battle the Kardashian-West divorce *could* be, months from now. The only okay point I think they make is that Kim probably will seek sole custody of the kids, maybe with supervised visits for Kanye. If he wants to fight her on custody, I could absolutely see that being a big battle.

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  1. Noki says:

    And lets say,because the world is getting more ridiculous now,if he had won the Presidency would she have stuck around?

    • KhaoManee says:

      Oh, definitely! Kim would never give up the chance to play First Lady Barbie.
      I think Kim’s in for a real shit show of a divorce with this one. Bless her heart.

    • My3cents says:

      Just imagine what her Christmas decorations would be like.

  2. RoSco says:

    I don’t see Kanye fighting for custody. He seems most happy when he’s free, off doing whatever he wants without any limitations. I’ll be surprised if he sees the kids more than three times a year, and on those occasions he’ll want them to adore him as their Heavenly Father (god complex).

    • Noki says:

      Yeah but his hands off father approach is HIS choice however should Kim or the courts suggest or decide when and how he will parent that might cause an issue,because he is a narcisist and he wont like being dictated to with a custody agreement.

      • Still_Sarah says:

        Hopefully he will be happy with a joint custody arrangement that basically gives all control to Kim. His ego will love saying he has joint custody (implying he is in there 50/50 with Kim) but joint custody can also cover an arrangement that has the children living with one parent full-time.

    • Angel says:

      I see him filing for half custody, he doesn’t seems like he wants his kids to be raised by kris Jenner.

    • tcbc says:

      I see him pitching a fit over custody, exhausting all resources and smearing his wife as much as he can, getting some formal agreement, and then never showing up for his time with the kids.

      • Swack says:

        @TCBC, agree. My daughter is divorcing a narcissist and the custody battle is horrible. He won’t discuss any other part of the divorce until the custody is 50-50 and is done his way. Heaven forbid his time is compromised in any way and he wants time taken from him given back down to the nanosecond.

      • emma33 says:

        I agree – it could be the worst of both worlds, him fighting tooth and nail for something he doesn’t even want.

      • Still_Sarah says:

        @ Swack : See if your daughter can have the actual divorce severed or separated from the other issues such as custody and property. If she does that, then she can at least get the divorce now and deal with the other issues later in a trial if necessary. He is probably holding the actual divorce up as a way to stay in her life and mess her up but in many jurisdictions, the actual divorce can be obtained apart from the other issues.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    She can’t go to restaurants? Please, this family has shown they don’t care about restrictions.

  4. anniefannie says:

    She has my sympathy! Trying to peaceably split with a narcissist is fraught on every level.
    Suddenly things/issues they’ve never cared about ( children’s school, visitation, schedules)
    become a zero sum game that they HAVE to win.

    • Jordana says:

      Agree with everything you said! Divorcing a narcissist is a nightmare that never ends.

    • Gina says:

      My thoughts exactly. I’m sure he also sees a need to impart his “wisdom” on his kids and which means custody of the kids of some sort.

    • Swack says:

      In that respect I also agree. Going through it with my daughter right now.

    • LillyfromLilooet says:


      Narcissistic partners who DNGAF about the kids, the house, the whatever suddenly care. I could see Kanye fighting hard to get them to visit him in Wyo and then ignoring them while they are there.

  5. Lanie says:

    Van Jones is a Trump ass kissing scumbag himself, in spite of his crocodile tears. Why dump one loser for another one?

    • KhaoManee says:

      Maybe bc she is also a Trump ass kissing scumbag?

      • Jenn says:

        Yet she donates to democratic candidates. I know it’s easy to dislike Kim, but she has clearly said her only interaction with him is Prison reform. If she was a Trump supporter she would have spoken at the RNC. Trump, am sure would have welcomed her support.

      • JT says:

        Did trump reform the prisons though? How did that agenda work out? Kim did nothing concrete in that respect and neither did trump. The trumps are awful in every single way and Kim had no issue aligning herself with them when it suited her. Now that trump is on the way out in flames, now she is trying to distance herself.

      • Joanna says:

        @jt, exactly

      • Mac says:

        @JT The First Step Act was passed with bipartisan support and signed by Trump. Also Kim successfully argued for Alice Johnson’s release.

    • Jaded says:

      And what is your “Trump ass-kissing scumbag” comment based on? If you’re going to go after someone at least cite what they’ve done to deserve such an insult.

      • Auntie Git says:

        Seconded. Lanie, please explain. I don’t know of Van Jones kissing trump’s large orange ass.

  6. Angel says:

    Kanye put Kim through so much public humilation, I don’t understand why she didn’t file for divorce earlier.

    • josephine says:

      Because humiliation is how these people stay relevant? These reality show people are paid to humiliate themselves over and over again as entertainment.

      • Hello says:

        Thank you!!

        I know Kanye has his problems, but let’s not pretend this mob did not benefit from associating with Kanye! Kim was done after her 70 day wedding. So it was a mutually beneficial narcissistic relationship. Now she’s trying to reform herself and found herself a new project because getting naked is no longer viable…

        All I know is I can see the kardashian media machine hard at work, and meh. “Kim has had enough.” “Kim is tired of Kanye” “Kim doesn’t want drama”

        She’s setting herself up as a victim, priming herself for sympathy when she finally files, and Kanye as the one solely to blame. I can’t stand her

  7. Mrs. Smith says:

    For me, it was the silver suit and face paint. The look in his eyes. I remember thinking that the old Kanye is never coming back.

  8. Amy Too says:

    The whole bit about “why would she date someone if she couldn’t be seen dating them?” was so weird. Believable and very kardashian, but so bizarre. I’ve always gotten the feeling the Kim is asexual. And there is nothing wrong with that, I’m not criticizing that. All of her various relationships are PR or business deals or they’re like friendships that she pursues in order to get into a certain social circle. I think she might have feeling for men, feeling of close friendship, maybe even love/caring, and I think she would enjoy a marriage where she could just Netflix and chill with someone who was good to her. But I don’t think she’s a sexual being who feels sexual attraction. So what would be the point of dating someone when she already has her friends and sisters and mom to be her helpmeet when she needs them? Dating is all an orchestrated PR campaign. So weird to see it written out in an article though.

    • JT says:

      I’ve gotten the same vibe as well. I think she likes lookin sexy and being seen as sexy, but she doesn’t seem to have a desire for sex. She and Kanye have no real sexual chemistry. Unpopular thought, but I imagine that’s why 3 out of 4 children were conceived via IVF. Which there’s nothing wrong with that; north was the only one that was naturally conceived. I don’t think she and Kanye have any sexual attraction to each other. Kanye just wanted a dress up doll. I hope I don’t come off as insensitive for this.

      • minx says:

        I agree with all of this. They have never had one bit of chemistry. Their wedding pictures were cringey, both of them were posing and barely acknowledging the other.

      • JT says:

        There is no sexual chemistry because it was a business deal. Kim wanted Kanye’s A list connections and she used his star power to elevate her entire family’s station as well as her own. Kim was a B list reality star, Kendall’s modeling career was a joke, Khloe and Kylie were nonentities. Although they were wealthy already, they would have never amassed their current business arrangements without him. To Kanye, Kim was his fantasy girl and nothing more. He even bragged about Kim getting famous from her sex tape, which he watched. Kanye has simply outlasted his usefulness for now.

      • Itsme says:

        I think it was 2 out of 4 that was surrogate carry.

      • JT says:

        2 were surrogates yes, but 3 children were conceived through IVF. I think it’s because they don’t have sex with each other.

      • Amy Too says:

        I’m wondering what came first: the asexuality or the constant need to appear sexy? Like did she never have any need/want to have an intimate sexual relationship with anyone and that’s why it was very easy for her to view her body and “sexiness” as a commodity she could use for financial gain and public attention? Or did constantly using her body in that way and portraying a sexy character all of the time lead her to feeling like she was getting all the “sexiness” and sexual attention she needed from the public and therefore she didn’t have any desire to be sexual with a partner? Or maybe they are not related in any way.

      • JT says:

        @amytoo I think it both came at the same time. She never had a real sexual desire but she knows that sex sells so she knows she needed to commodify it. I also think she gets off on the sexual desires that people put onto her, so she doesn’t really need to that for herself. I think everything you stated goes hand in hand. I will say that Reggie Bush seems to be the only man she truly loved though. I always got the sense that he was the one real relationship she’s had and he was the one who got away for her. But he could do nothing for her career so she had to move on.

      • petee says:

        JT I totally agree except for one thing.I think she was the most unhappy,miserable pregnant women I ever saw.Yes we all made fun of her at the time but I don’t think she liked it at all and especially how it made her look.And I do think you are right about Reggie Bush.I think she really loved him but he wasn’t into all the media and drama that came after she became famous.I will never forget his face after Kim and Kris ran on the field after his Super Bowl win.He dumped her soon afterwards.

      • JT says:

        @Petee I definitely agree that Kim’s pregnancies were awful for her, no doubt about that. But I also believe that Kim and Kanye’s lack of chemistry or sexual attraction to each other contributed to the solution of getting IVF/ a surrogate. A bit of a win win for lack of a better phrase. @Feb asexual may be a bit too strong as I obviously don’t know her, but I think her libido may be really low. I just don’t see any sexual drive coming from her, or even Kanye for that matter. Kanye raps about sex in a very abstract way and not from any sort of personal feelings.

      • josephine says:

        @ petee: just went to see the pics of Kim at the superbowl and with Reggie Bush and it was so strange to see her without the body enhancements.

    • February-Pisces says:

      I wouldn’t say Kim was ‘asexual’ because that is too strong a word but I do agree with what you said. I think sex to Kim equals money, it’s apart of her job and playing the role of ‘sexpot’ 24/7 must be exhausting in a way. I do think she had genuine chemistry with reggie bush, he was the only one she didn’t marry or get engaged to or had a business contract with, so she probably felt like she had more freedom to just be herself with him. In pictures of them you can see from Kim’s body language that she was more comfortable with him, they were always touching without putting on a show. But with Kris humphries and Kanye there was never any chemistry, they were both business arrangements. Any PDA for the cameras looked forced. I don’t think I’ve seen Kim and Kanye touch unless they were posing for a photo.

    • Truthiness says:

      I don’t watch KUWK and I hate that I have seen her do this, but Kim was very hot for Reggie Bush and was ALL OVER him way back when. She is not that good of an actor. All the ones after Reggie looked like guys she talked herself into, for social cachet or so that people perceive her as some catch. I have not seen her have heat with anyone after Reggie.

  9. ce says:

    My last straw was about what yours was, but I can’t believe that the last straw for kim wasnt when he talked about aborting his 7 year old daughter? major yikes???

    • Sarah says:

      “Slavery was a choice” was…a choice. That was it for me.

      • Sumodo1 says:

        I clocked Kanye early: “George Bush doesn’t like Black People.” It was a loose cannon moment, live TV. By the time Ye was drinking from a bottle of Henny and dissed Taylor Swift on stage, I was already ready for his cray cray.

      • Alexandria says:

        Sumodo I wouldn’t cancel him over the Bush comment cos it’s not like he champions diversity. But now that I think about it, what made Kanye think Trump likes black people sheesh.

  10. JT says:

    Kim was all in with trump as well, or do people forget? She would regularly make calls to ivanka. She happily posed with trump and co several times. Now she’s trying to backtrack.

    • Lily says:

      Agreed. She did endorse him. I recall several insta posts of her supporting her husband. And her calling people out for not being tolerant and listening to both sides. This ‘final straw’ announcement of hers is perfectly timed to distance herself from the criminal actions of MAGA in recent days. She’s gaslighting to save her reputation.

  11. Petrichor says:

    Call me old fashioned, but shouldn’t she officially separate from him before she worries about publicly rolling out a new boyfriend?

    • ME says:

      That’s not how she works. She was dating and got pregnant and gave birth to North before being divorced from Kris Humphries.

      Also, if she wanted to be seen with a new boyfriend, she could easily do it. Scott has had no problems showing off his new girlfriend. It’s not like this family gives a f*ck about the pandemic. They’ve been on how many vacations in the past few months ???

  12. Emilia says:

    I haven’t been following KK and this mess. Is she still in law school? I read this morning that Kanye is considering living in London after the divorce … if true, …. doesn’t he want to be in California to be near his children?

  13. Rumer says:

    Kardashian women famously don’t have custody battles and agreements after their failed relationships. They have only verbal agreements, Kourtney with Scott and Khloe and Tristan also never went to court (and were never broken up to begin with, but I digress). I think KKW will try to work on sth similar with Kanye because she knows she will be the one taking care of them anyway and Kanye won’t and can’t have four kids around all the time.

  14. Teresa says:

    Kim would win sole custody I think fairly easily. She may be vain, but she’s stable. In all the years of her fame she has always been pretty calculated and in control.

    • JT says:

      I honestly don’t think Kanye will fight for custody. He doesn’t even see the kids much now; he’s been in Wyoming for much of last year and now. He has never been truly involved and to be honest, I think Kim prefers it that way. They’ve never had a marriage where they spend much time together. I’m sure Kanye will get visitation with supervision.

  15. detritus says:

    I mean, unless the final straw is that he actually was seeing TrashStar Jeffrey.

    That’s gotta be one of the weirder ones I’ve heard.

    • MarcelMarcel says:

      That was wild. Although it did kinda feel like a random rumour that JStar perpetuated to gain further notoriety.

      Anyhow, JStar is a well documented racist, misogynist, bully & all round bigot. His transphobia & trans misogyny is disgusting. He uses his online fame & makeup business as vehicles to spread hate & sh*t stir. And plays a martyr/ victim when he’s called out. The fact he can publicly be so bigoted & run a lucrative business is an example of everything rotten within the Eurocentric capitalist patriarchy.

      (Anyhow that’s just my two cents. I wish YouTube drama was reported on here more frequently. It’s interesting seeing people navigate fame in such a new medium).

      • detritus says:

        Jovfefe is the worst. You basically covered it but I just have no idea how he’s a thing. He’s. just. so. Horrid. Someone who spews so much nastiness must hate himself secretly, kinda like Ye.

        And I’d be here for more youtube/ TikTok articles.

  16. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Although I’ve never liked him (or Taylor Swift really tbh), storming the stage and grabbing her mic was certainly a moment. And I’ll never forget laughing so hard at his music video with Kim and the motorcycle. He’s insane. His narcissism is off the charts. And him thinking he can be a leader of men is repulsive.

  17. tcbc says:

    Maybe the run was the final straw, but I think you’ve got something there with pointing out the robbery. I bet his reaction to that planted the seeds of divorce.

  18. Sophie says:

    Lanie, are you sure you are not confusing him with someone else? Among the CNN commentators Van Jones is the most anti-Trump and now anti-Republican in general. He was an Obama advisor. I watch a lot of CNN and sometimes I even feel he overdoes it (I.e. does not seem objective at all), really curious how you get to this conclusion. Sorry this was meant in answer to Lanie‘s comment on Van Jones much further up.

  19. Emily says:

    Why are sources already taking about her dating? Like, let the woman get divorced and take care of her kids. Or is this coming from KK to sound desired or roll out husband 3 or 4? It just seems like a weird addition to a story about her divorce.

  20. AB says:

    Just as Trump has outlived his usefulness for the GOP and Melania, so too has Kanye outlived his usefulness for the KKKlan.

    I predict the Kimye divorce will happen around the same time as the Melania-Cheeto divorce.

    In other words, shortly after the 20th of January.

  21. Daphne says:

    I bet I bet. But still no news about the divorce you guys have no clue what is going on so give it a rest. No divorce is happening!!!!

  22. Call_me_al says:

    My last straw was when he was rarely with Kim during her pregnancy and after the birth of North.

  23. L4frimaire says:

    Kanye running for President was part of Republican ops to undermine the black vote, same as getting Ice Cube and LilWayne to endorse Trump. It was a cynical ploy with Trump operatives behind it, while Kanye in his manic state was happy to go along with it. He was never serious about it, there was no organization. It was just a weird ego trip. It was sad to see his mental health breakdown so publicly.