Kim Kardashian broke the silence about her meeting with President Donald Trump to grant a pardon for Alice Marie Johnson, who is serving a life sentence for a first-time, non-violent drug offense.
“I think that he really spent the time to listen to our case that we were making for Alice [Marie Johnnson],” the 37-year-old reality star shared with Mic Thursday. “He [Trump] really understood, and I am very hopeful that this will turn out really positively.”
“I went in — me and Shawn [Chapman Holley] — 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,” she added. “The president seems to have a passion for what everything that Jared has been trying to do, and that just makes me happy that that conversation is just moving forward.”
The “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” star explained that she came across the story a few months back while scrolling through Twitter and was moved to help Johnson get back to her family.
“It’s funny because people [will] just hear something and not understand,” the reality star explained. “‘Well, what does Kim have to do with prison reform?’ And you know, seven months ago I saw a story on Twitter and it was about a great-grandmother that life just tugged at my heart.”
“It was just that simple connection,” she added. “I don’t have a personal experience with prison myself, but I believe in family, and her family was torn apart by choices that she made 21-and-a-half years ago.”
The media coverage following the meeting has ranged from sexist to puzzled. The New York Post cover story included a photo from the Oval Office meeting under the headline that read, “The Other Big Ass Summit: Kim Thong Un Pitches Prez On Prison Reform” and “Trump Meets Rump.” It was widely criticized by people on both sides of the political aisle as unfair and “misogynistic.”