Like many people, Kim Kardashian West had a negative reaction when she saw then-husband Kanye West wearing a red Make America Great Again baseball cap.
However, she said the experience changed her in ways she considers positive.
Last month, West, who now goes by Yi, revealed in an Instagram video that his ex-wife was not happy with his choice of hat, which he wore during his 2020 presidential run.
Kardashian West admitted this during a recent podcast interview with former New York Times columnist Barry Weiss, and said the rapper’s decision to wear the hat during a 2018 “Saturday Night Live” performance made her “extremely nervous.”
“I didn’t want him to wear the red hat. I’m not really a rule-breaker, so my character would be like, ‘Well, you guys don’t like the red hat?'” Kardashian said. “I remember other people were around and it became something he wouldn’t last because he wanted to be what he was.”
Kardashian West said she’s usually “too neutral,” but said, “That night I was really tough with him and told him he should take the hat off.”
But she said she would do things differently now.
“And now, looking back, I think, why should he take that off if that’s what he believes in? Why can’t he wear that on TV? Half the country voted [Donald Trump], so it’s clear that other people like him.”
Kardashian West said she learned a lot from this situation.
“No matter what happened, it taught me to be a little more sympathetic to people who only want to do what they want to do: freedom of speech! If you want to wear the hat, wear the hat,” she said. “I respect the fact that he knew exactly what he believed in. And he always adhered to it. For me, this is a good advantage, no matter who is against you and no matter what the circumstances. I think it’s just great and it’s really great quality. Even if that’s not what I agree with, or even if I would have done it differently, I think it’s commendable.”
You can hear the full interview below.