Why Kim Kardashian’s Kind Words About Donald Trump Matter
The reality TV show queen surprised scores of people with her gracious comments as she presses for prison reform
Now, Kim Kardashian West, his reality TV star wife, has shared thoughts about the president after her visit to the White House on Thursday to discuss prison reform.
She wanted to persuade the president to pardon Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old great-grandmother who received a life sentence for a first-time, nonviolent drug offense. Kardashian West has been paying legal fees for Johnson’s bid to receive clemency and has hired attorney Shawn Chapman Holley to handle her case. The woman has spent 20 years behind bars to date.
“I think that he [President Trump] really spent the time to listen to our case that we were making for Alice,” Kardashian West told Mic in an exclusive interview. “He really understood, and I am very hopeful that this will turn out really positively.”
Kardashian West had also met with Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and a senior White House adviser. Kushner has been leading the Trump administration’s effort to enact prison reform. In May, the House Judiciary Committee approved the First Step Act, legislation that proposes to improve prison conditions and reduce time behind bars by allowing for more home confinement.
“I went in, me and Shawn [her attorney], to really talk to the president about Alice Johnson and really explain to him why she would be such a good person to grant clemency to,” Kardashian West said. “The president seems to have a passion for everything that Jared has been trying to do, and that just makes me happy that that conversation is just moving forward.”
President Trump thanked Kardashian West for her visit.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2018
After the meeting, Kardashian extended her gratitude to Trump as well.
“I would like to thank President Trump for his time this afternoon. It is our hope that the president will grant clemency to Ms. Alice Marie Johnson who is serving a life sentence for a first-time, nonviolent drug offense,” Kardashian West said in a statement Wednesday. “We are optimistic about Ms. Johnson’s future and hopeful that she — and so many like her — will get a second chance at life.”
Update: On Wednesday, June 6, 2018, President Trump commuted the sentence of Alice Marie Johnson.