As GOP Debated, Hillary Clinton Posed for Selfies With Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

The queen of selfies gets her photo with the Democratic front-runner.

Hillary Clinton

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As the top tier of Republican presidential hopefuls debated Thursday night, Hillary Clinton raised money—and posed for selfies with Kim Kardashian.

The Democratic front-runner met with reality star and rapper husband Kanye West at a Los Angeles fundraiser hosted by Scooter Braun, manager to stars including Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande. 

Before the event, Kardashian, who literally wrote the book on selfies, posted on social media that she hoped to take a photo with Clinton. A few hours later, she returned satisfied to her tens of millions of Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram followers.

“I got my selfie!!! I really loved hearing her speak & hearing her goals for our country! #HillaryForPresident,” Kardashian captioned a photo of her, West and Clinton.

Clinton’s campaign Instagram account quickly reposted the photo with its own note: “New friends.”

Before Kardashian posted her photo, the Clinton campaign was confident that its candidate was having a good night. “We think this was a really destructive night for the Republican Party. Hillary Clinton wasn’t on the stage but we felt that she was the clear winner,” her communications director, Jennifer Palmieri, told reporters at campaign headquarters after the two-hour primetime debate had wrapped.

"Hillary Clinton is going to do just fine against any one of them,” campaign manager Robby Mook said during a commercial break. “They’re all so out of touch. It’s so hard to choose … they’ll each roll back the clock so much,” he said.

While Kardashian's image may not align perfectly with Clinton's message, the 34-year-old is a working mother and entrepreneur whose social-media reach far outpaces Clinton's. On Twitter, Clinton has just under 4 million followers while Kardashian has 34.2 million. On Instagram, the gap is even more staggering—Clinton has 206,000 followers and Kardashian has 41.7 million. Come primary, caucus and general election day, Kardashian's ability to mobilize even a small fraction of those people could prove extremely helpful to Clinton.

The 225 attendees at the Braun fundraiser paid $2,700 each—or raised at least $27,000—to attend. Others at the event included Kardashian’s mother, Kris Jenner, plus longtime Clinton friend Mary Steenburgen, Usher, Tom Hanks, and Rita Wilson, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Bieber was not reported to have attended and, regardless, can't give to any presidential campaign because he's a Canadian citizen.

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