Rock The Vote, Day 5: Kris Jenner and Kim Kardashian

Don’t forget. Kanye West is running for president, too.

Rock The Vote is an original series, where I make an educated and researched guess on who certain celebrities are voting for Nov. 3, 2020.

Kris Jenner is ex-wife to Robert Kardashian and Caitlyn Jenner. She is mother and momager to Kim Kardashian, a reality TV and social media star. Kris Jenner is also mother and manager to Kourtney, Khloe, Rob, Kendall and Kylie.

In February 2016, Kris Jenner said she was both a fan of presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

“I’m just not a very political person,” Jenner said, “and I keep some of my views to myself.”

Later that year, Kris Jenner fully supported Hillary Clinton in her run for president.

The Kardashian-Jenner clan are not Trump fans. When Khloe Kardashian appeared on Celebrity Apprentice, a reality show President Donald Trump used to host, Trump called Khloe Kardashian a “fat piglet,” according to the Huffington Post. In a 2017 interview, Kim Kardashian said “My daughter would be better,” as president than Trump.
However, in 2017, while appearing on Ellen, Kris Jenner said her boyfriend Corey Gamble was “lucky” to meet with Trump.

In 2018, Kim Kardashian began a working relationship with Trump when she asked the president to pardon Alice Marie Johnson, a woman who was serving a life sentence in prison for a first-time drug offense. Kim Kardashian also persuaded Trump to pass the First Step Act, which is an act to reduce the population in federal prisons. Kim Kardashian faced criticism for meeting with Trump, but she defended her choice by saying he was the only way to get Johnson and others out of prison.

In 2018, Kim Kardashian’s husband, Kanye West, posted a series of tweets supporting Trump, even though he didn’t vote for the president in 2016. In one of those tweets, West mentioned that Kim Kardashian called him to clear up that he doesn’t “agree with everything Trump does.” In 2020, West tried to run for president and it’s still unclear what his platform or game plan was. Tabloids have reported West and Kardashian are on the brink of divorce.

In an April profile for The New York Times, Kim Kardashian says she won’t endorse anyone for president in 2020.

Kim Kardashian has made great strides to advocate for prison reform and is even studying law to eventually become a lawyer. Her relationship with Trump could help her get more people out of prison. If Kim voted for Trump, she might convince Kris to do the same.
However, I believe Kris Jenner is voting for Biden. I also believe Kim Kardashian is voting for Biden, and she’s not publicly endorsing anyone this election because she doesn’t want to piss off Trump.

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Rock The Vote, Day 4: Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert is married to a cop.

Rock The Vote is an original series, where I make an educated and researched guess on who certain celebrities are voting for Nov. 3, 2020.

Let’s take a look at Miranda Lambert. Note: This celebrity was requested and if you too would like to request a celebrity for me to politically analyze, please let me know.

Miranda Lambert is a country musician from a small east Texas town. She was once married to Blake Shelton, who was featured on yesterday’s Rock The Vote, and now she’s married to a former police officer.

In a 2017 Billboard interview, Lambert said she wouldn’t talk about politics.

“I am a 100 percent believer in not ever using the platform that I’ve built for anything other than music, because music to me is an escape from your own reality,” she said. “I don’t want to go to a show and hear somebody preach about their opinions.

“It’s so divided [in politics], you can’t win anyway ― and what are you winning? For someone to agree with you, and now you’ve spoken your piece and pissed off many other people, just for one person to go, ‘She’s right’? It doesn’t do any good,” she went on the say. “I’m a country singer. We talk about tears in our beers.”

In a 2017 Washington Post article, Lambert’s Pistol Annies bandmate Angaleena Presley said she wished more country artists would speak up about politics.

“I wish that more country artists would speak out — because we are from those little towns. Rural America needs a voice in this country,” she said. “I mean, we write songs that they relate to. Because we are them.”

In 2019, Lambert announced that she married Brendan McLoughlin, a former NYPD officer. During summer 2020, Black Lives Matter protests broke out across the country after police officer Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd, a Black man who had the cops called on him after he allegedly used a counterfeit $20 bill.

The Black Lives Matter protest was met with a counterprotest, the Blue Lives Matter movement, “which advocates tougher hate-crime sentences for the murder of police officers,” according to Business Insider.

Many people called for cities to defund the police. CNN explained what that means as: “Instead of funding a police department, a sizable chunk of a city’s budget is invested in communities, especially marginalized ones where much of the policing occurs.”

President Donald Trump said presidential nominee Joe Biden supports defunding the police, however, Biden does not support that.

I could not find any posts from Lambert or her husband supporting either Black Lives Matter or Blue Lives Matter.

In a 2014 profile of Lambert in Marie Claire, Lambert’s mom told the magazine that Lambert won a political debate in high school.

“But after Lambert won her debate on Democrat vs. Republican ideals during the 1996 election, ‘it was the beginning of her whole life changing.'”

In a 2017 interview with Meghan McCain for The Daily Beast, Lambert says she is a “lifetime member of the NRA.”

In July, the NRA endorsed Trump because he promised to keep Americans’ Second Amendment rights.

In 2019, Lambert attended a Pride parade to celebrate LGBTQ+ people, including her brother.

“Trump has barred transgender people from openly serving in the military, rolled back protections for trans students, flat-funded HIV/AIDS work globally and pushed for exemptions that would allow health care providers to refuse care to transgender people and those with HIV/AIDS,” USA Today reports. “He barred U.S. embassies from flying pride flags, typically done in June to mark global Pride Month.”

Biden has come to be a supporter of LGBTQ+ rights.
I believe Miranda Lambert is voting for Trump. I believe this because her husband is a police officer and she is pro-gun.

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Rock The Vote, Day 3: Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton is from Oklahoma but is dating Gwen Stefani.

Rock The Vote is an original series, where I make an educated and researched guess on who certain celebrities are voting for Nov. 3, 2020.

On Day 3, I bring you another white male’s voting habits to speculate on. Country musician Blake Shelton was born and raised in Oklahoma. He has been married twice and is currently dating singer and fellow Voice coach Gwen Stefani.
In July 2016, Billboard published an interview with Shelton, where he told the magazine he wasn’t going to have a political conversation.
“I’m not going to have the political conversation with you about Trump, or about Hillary Clinton,” he told Billboard, “but I will tell you this: Whether you love him or hate him, he says what he thinks, and he has proven that you don’t always have to be so afraid. A lot of people are pulling for him, no matter how much Hollywood fights it. I see people who don’t like him go and beat up people that do like him. You tell me, who’s crazy here?
“I probably wish there was another option, but there’s not.”
After that interview was published, actress Debra Messing inserted herself into the conversation and tweeted Stefani to talk to him. Shelton responded and said he didn’t endorse anyone. Messing apologized.
In 2017, Shelton was seen at his own restaurant in Oklahoma while Speaker of the House Paul Ryan was also there. The two took a photo together. Afterward, Shelton tweeted that they did not know each other and reminded everyone that he does not do politics.
Stefani does do politics, however. In 2012, she hosted a fundraiser for the Obamas. In 2019, Stefani posted a weird tweet implying she could testify against Trump.
Several gossips sites have reported Shelton and Stefani can’t agree on politics and that’s even what’s stopping them from getting married. However, no reports seem to come from a source I trust.
Shelton did not post on Instagram on Election Day 2016. Neither did Stefani.
In August of this year, Shelton tweeted about CDC’s report that 6 percent of pandemic deaths were caused by COVID.
“I’m not even sure which side(politically) this would land on,” Shelton tweeted. “But am I the only person who sees the new CDC update as some actual good news? Just that. Not left or right… Just updated info that’s better than we thought. I mean does everything have to be a fight these days?”
His followers lashed out because conspiracy theorists used that 6 percent to peddle their beliefs that the virus wasn’t as deadly as the media reported. The CDC report meant 94 percent of people who died from COVID had other illnesses or conditions.
Shelton explained he wasn’t looking for an argument, and ended with “Covid is horrifying.”
I don’t believe Shelton is voting for Trump. I believe he is either voting for Biden or not at all. I have no real evidence to back up this claim as you can see, but we also don’t have any evidence to suggest he’s voting for Trump besides the fact he’s a white cis male.

The election is Nov. 3. Find out where you can vote. Support local journalism to stay informed.

Rock The Vote, Day 2: Scott Eastwood

Scott Eastwood’s dad, Clint Eastwood, has been heavily involved in politics.

Rock The Vote is an original series, where I make an educated and researched guess on who certain celebrities are voting for Nov. 3, 2020. 

Scott Eastwood is an actor who has starred in The Longest Ride and other movies I haven’t seen. But more notably, he is the son of actor and political activist Clint Eastwood.

Clint Eastwood is outspoken with his political beliefs. In the ’80s, he was mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. “Under his gavel, the city has legalized the sale of ice cream cones, provided more public toilets, built new stairways to the town beach and expedited previously stalled efforts to expand Carmel’s library,” the New York Times wrote in ’87.

In 2012, Clint Eastwood endorsed Republican Mitt Romney for president. In 2016, he called both candidates had a “certain degree of insanity.” In 2020, Clint endorsed Mike Bloomberg for president.

Some critics called Clint Eastwood’s film American Sniper pro-war, but Eastwood said the movie was “the biggest anti-war statement any film can make.”

Because Clint Eastwood is so outspoken about his political beliefs, reporters often ask Scott Eastwood which side he leans toward.

During an interview with Joe Rogan, Scott tells Joe, “I stay out of politics. I don’t even … I don’t give two shits about politics.”

While promoting The Longest Ride, Scott said, “I don’t … I don’t … I don’t get involved in politics. … But you know, I support my dad and he’s just about what he’s about.”

While speaking to Extra, Scott said, “I don’t talk about politics. That shit’s for the birds.”

In January of this year, a woman was protesting against a development being built in Del Mar. Scott Eastwood tried to take down the protesters’ sign and then when he was confronted, he ran away.

On Nov. 8, 2016, the day of the 2016 election, Scott was in Sydney, according to his Instagram.

I believe Scott Eastwood is not voting. I have no choice but to take him at his word when he says politics is “for the birds.” 

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Rock The Vote, Day 1: Chris Pratt

People think Chris Pratt is a Republican. But is he? He married a Kennedy.

Rock The Vote is an original series, where I make an educated and researched guess on who certain celebrities are voting for Nov. 3, 2020. 
There has long been a rumor that Chris Pratt is a Donald Trump supporter. In this 2014 Esquire profile by the great Anna Peele, Pratt tells her about his love for guns, but still says he’s for gun control. 

Pratt talks about his thirty- or forty-gun arsenal. He bought Faris a gun in the event that a crazy person comes to their house while he’s in Louisiana and necessitates her “blowing their fucking brains out.” He tells me to print that, just in case Anna Faris’s and Esquire’s fan demographics overlap. It’s not all so primal—Pratt believes in firearm regulation, background checks, and preventing guns from falling into the hands of the mentally ill. He explains population control and hunting licenses and tags and the virtues of eating what you kill. It all makes sense, but it also feels kind of like when Dexter explains that he’s a good serial killer because his victims are rapists and murderers. Really, this guy just likes to kill shit.

President Donald Trump’s views on guns and assault weapons go back and forth depending on the day, but he is a proponent of the Second Amendment. Presidential nominee Joe Biden is for gun control, including “universal background checks, an assault weapons ban, more resources toward the enforcement of existing gun laws, and a public push for the development of ‘smart guns,'” according to Vox.

In 2019, Pratt was photographed wearing a “Don’t Tread On Me” shirt with the Gadsden flag on it. The Gadsden flag was created by Christopher Gadsden during the American Revolution. Gadsden did own slaves, so in that sense, it could be seen as racist, but typically the flag is associated with patriotism.

In early 2019, actress Ellen Page said Pratt attended an anti-LGBTQ church. Pratt denied that and said that couldn’t be “further from the truth.” When NBC News reached out to Pratt’s church about where they stand on LGBTQ people, they pointed the news site to a 2015 blog post that said “God’s word is clear that marriage is between a man and a woman.”

Trump has rolled back rights for transgender people. Biden has come to be a supporter of LGBTQ people.

About a week ago, Pratt posted an Instagram poking fun at celebrities telling their followers to vote. He instead told his followers to vote for his movie in the People’s Choice Awards. It read as tone deaf and on top of that, his wife, Katherine Schwarzenegger, a relative in the Kennedy family, posted on her Instagram that Trump’s tweet about COVID was “the sickest tweet” she had ever seen. She said in that story that she planned to vote for Biden and that while she grew up tolerant of other people’s political views, she has a hard time speaking to Trump supporters. Schwarzenegger and Pratt married in June 2019 and just had a daughter together.

On Wednesday, Pratt’s Parks and Rec co-star Adam Scott posted an Instagram saying he voted for Biden. Pratt liked the post.

I believe Pratt is voting for Biden. I have not found substantial evidence that makes me believe Pratt is a Trump supporter. I also don’t see a world where he could be married to a woman so pro-Biden if he also wasn’t.

The election is Nov. 3. Find out where you can vote. Support local journalism to stay informed.