Why did Kim Kardashian go to The White House and how does she know Alice Marie Johnson?
If you rubbed your eyes when you saw pictures of Kim Kardashian stood in The White House with Donald Trump this morning, youâre not seeing things.
The reality star and mum of three visited The White House on Wednesday afternoon to speak with Donald Trump.
They caught up to discuss the case of US prisoner Alice Marie Johnson.
But why did Kim go to the White House and how does she know Alice Marie?
Kim was invited to The White House by Trumpâs son in law Jared Kushner to talk about prison reform with Trump and the case of Alice Marie Johnson â" a 63-year-old grandmother who is serving a life sentence for a first-time non-violent drug offence.Advertisement Advertisement
Kushner, who is a senior White House advisor, has prioritised prison reform and has been having âback-channel talksâ with Kim for months, according to reports .
Itâs the Keeping Up With The Kardashians starâs mission for Alice to be pardoned for her wrongdoing.
While itâs not known how their meeting went and what the outcome will be, they both tweeted their thanks to each other, along with a picture of Kim stood behind the desk in the oval office, later on in the day.
Kim wrote: âI 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, non-violent drug offense.â
She added: âWe are optimistic about Ms. Johnsonâs future and hopeful that she -and so many like her-will get a second chance at life.â
While Donald wrote: âGreat meeting with @KimKardashian today, talked about prison reform and sentencing.â
Kim became involved in Alice Marieâs case when she saw her great-granddaughter Mic tweet a video explaining her story in October l ast year.
According to the Associated Press, Johnson helped lead a multimillion-dollar cocaine ring from 1991 to 1994.
As there is no parole in the federal system, Alice is not eligible for it and has been in prison so far for more than 20 years after being sentenced in 1996.Advertisement Advertisement
When Kim saw her story, she shared the video herself, commenting: âThis is so unfairâ¦â.
Kim is understood to have then contacted Micâs lawyer to try to help with the case and has spoken with Johnson herself.
However, if Trump were to grant Alice clemency, it would go against his approach to drugs so far.
Either way, fans of Kim are in utter shock, with many taking to Twitter to air their surprise, admitting they are finding it hard to accept Kim might know a thing or two about prison reform.
Kimâs husband Kanye West has drawn criticism for his support of the President, having recently been pictured wearing a Make America Great Again hat.Advertisement
He also went on a Twitter rant sharing his love for the President.
âHe is my brother,â he tweeted. âI love everyone. I donât agree with everything anyone does.
âThatâs what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought.â
Kanye received a huge flurry of backlash for his 80-tweet strong rant and decision to wear MAGA hat in public, garnering criticisms from the likes of Snoop Dogg and John Legend.
Snoop wrote: âThatâs mighty white of u Kanye. !N**** if u donât snap out of it Get out part 2.â
Kanye shocked with his lengthy rant on his political leanings, declaring his love for Donald Trump and insisting he has the right to independent thought.
He wrote: âYou donât have to agree with trump [sic] but the mob canât make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I donât agree with every thing anyone does. Thatâs what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought.
âIf your friend jumps off the bridge you donât have to do the same. Ye being Ye is a fight for you to be you. For people in my life the idea of Trump is pretty much a 50 50 split but I donât tell a Hillary supporter not to support Hillary I love Hillary too.â
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