Because this is the world we now live in
It was an unlikely meeting of two reality TV stars at the White House yesterday when Kim Kardashian met with Donald Trump to talk about Prison reform and make an appeal for the pardoning of Alice Johnson, a first-time drug offender whose case has caught her eye.
And in true Trump fashion, he quickly tweeted out a snap of the two crowded around the desk in the Oval office. Pics or it didn’t happen, right Mr President?
The 37-year-old reality star apparently chatted to Jared Kushner, the US President’s son-in-law, first. Ivanka’s other half is known for being supportive of prison reform after his father served a sentence in 2005 for tax evasion, among other things. Kushner and Kim have been having secret talks on the topic for months, according to Vanity Fair.
Kimmy then headed to a meeting with the man himself to discuss Alice Johnson’s case, a 62-year-old woman who is currently serving a life sentence for a first-time, non-violent offence for drug dealing in 1996.
The star first became aware of her story back in October 2017 when a viral campaign video calling for Johnson’s release went viral and tweeted her support saying: ‘This is so unfair.’ You tell em’ Kim. She has also brought on board her own team of lawyers to assist with the appeal, including Shawn Chapman Holley her very own personal attorney.
And this isn’t the first of Kardashian’s political campaigns. Her advocacy work has also extended to helping free Cyntoia Brown, a young woman who was imprisoned for life in 2004 for killing a man who allegedly solicited her for sex when she was just 16.
She talked about her motivations for advocacy in an interview with Mic:
‘Where I’m at in my life right now, just like, to go and spend my money buying material things just doesn’t satisfy me the way that it used to.
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‘To save someone’s life and do that once a year, then that would make [my] heart fuller.’
Kardashian, not one to be silenced in the social media stakes, diplomatically returned the Twitter shoutout by thanking President Trump for the talks.
‘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,’ she tweeted.
We couldn’t have predicted this.