The awkward reason Kim Kardashian deleted her 'I voted' Instagram post

Catriona Harvey-Jenner
·3-min read
Photo credit: Instagram
Photo credit: Instagram

From Cosmopolitan

Kim Kardashian-West deleted her original Instagram post declaring she had voted in the 2020 US presidential election yesterday, because fans thought her red top meant she was voting for Donald Trump.

The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star shared an image on both Twitter and Instagram, which featured her pouting with a thumbs up; an 'I voted!' sticker attached to her thumb. But when followers noticed the sheer vest-top she was wearing was red - the colour associated with Donald Trump's Republican party - there were accusations that it reflected her political allegiance.

One tweet reads: "We all saw you posting that pic of you in Red @KimKardashian. Too bad you didn’t use your influence to tell people to vote for Biden."

"Why are you wearing red, who did you vote for?" quizzed another post.

In response, Kim swiftly removed the full colour photo, switching it on both social media platforms for an altered, black-and-white version. "I VOTED!!!! Did you?!?!" her caption read. "If you are in line when the hours of operation close at the polls, they are required to stay open and allow you to vote, so do not get out of line!" she added, in response to the news reports of hours-long queues at US polling stations.

Considering Kim Kardashian has previously alluded to an allegiance with Democrat nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris, it was probably quite frustrating that some of her followers believed her red top was an indication she was a Trump supporter. Just yesterday, the reality star uploaded a video of former Democrat President Barrack Obama wearing a face mask that said "Vote." The original full-colour version of her own voting photo also appeared in Kim's Twitter timeline just above a retweet from Kamala Harris. So it's pretty unlikely she was trying to send a subtle message about being a Trump supporter.

Luckily, some of her fans were there to defend her sartorial and political choices. "This is the most [stupid] comment..." one response read. "Cause she wear red means she's a Trump supporter? We cant wear red now?"

Photo credit: Twitter
Photo credit: Twitter

Others, however, pointed out that Kim's very own husband, Kanye West, was running in the presidential race, and questioned whether she'd voted for him. While we know Kanye voted for himself (he shared on social media that he did) it's not believed that Kim gave him her valuable vote, considering he didn't stand any realistic chance of coming close to candidates Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

He may not have won (or come anywhere close to it), but Kanye did manage to rake in some votes. Around 60,000, to be precise (at last count). He proved most popular in the state of Tennessee, where 10,195 votes were cast in support of the rapper, however this smattering of public backing wasn't enough to get him any more than 0.4% of any state's vote.

The election results aren't yet clear, after the COVID-19 pandemic meant more people than ever before submitted postal votes, which take longer to be counted. As it stands, Joe Biden is in the lead - but only minimally, and many of the remaining states to declare their ballots are important, swing states that could have a big influence on the final outcome. So... Trump v Biden? Who will it be?

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