Everybody’s favorite reality star, Kim Kardashian West, managed to get an invite to the White House where she met with the President of The United States of America to discuss a topic near and dear to her heart: Prison reform.
President Trump once had some not-so-nice words to say about the mom of 3. During a 2013 interview Trump said:
“Does she have a good body? No. Does she have a fat ass? Absolutely,”
But let’s not get caught up in all that irrelevant stuff, Kim was there to advocate for the release of Alice Marie Johnson, who is serving time in prison. Alice Marie has been in prison as a first time, nonviolent offender for 21 years. Kim found out about Alice Marie’s case on Twitter.
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) May 31, 2018
According to Page Six, the meeting went “well,” and now the decision is in Trump’s hands. After the meeting, Kardashian headed to Ivanka and Jared’s DC home for a private dinner. It was to be a continuation of the White House meeting, since Kushner is a passionate advocate for criminal justice reform after living through his father’s imprisonment.
So far, President Trump hasn’t said if he plans to offer Alice Marie a pardon. But he does have his pardoning pen out and at the ready so maybe there’s hope for the 63-year-old great-grandmother from Memphis. Alice Mari was sentenced to life in prison in 1997 after she admitted to acting as an intermediary for drug pushers.
While President Barack Obama granted 1,927 pardon requests before leaving office, Johnson was not one of them. Brittany Barnett, a member of her legal team said:
“This main thing is we want Ms. Alice free and we want to raise awareness to the broader issue that people are sentenced to die in prison. Ms. Alice is serving the same amount of time as the Unibomber. People need to feel that.”
Kim Kardashian was able to build a relationship with Johnson by talking to her on the phone in her Alabama federal prison. Barnett said of their conversation:
“Kim is looking at this from a human rights and human dignity perspective. It went like two friends. One friend is trying to save the life of the other.”
Kardashian helped fund and assemble a legal team for Johnson. After the meeting, Trump tweeted a photo of the two together at the Resolute Desk, with him seated and her standing to his right.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2018
The White House meeting was a result of weeks of planning that started with Kardashian reaching out to Ivanka, who then put her in touch with Kushner, a champion of prison reform. It came just weeks after Kardashian’s husband, Kanye West, came under fire for publicly voicing his support for Trump. While the rapper is a fan of the president, it’s unclear if his wife feels the same way.