Kim Kardashian gets a free pass to meet President Trump

Jun 01, 2018, 16:36
Kim Kardashian gets a free pass to meet President Trump

Kardashian West was set to meet with advisor Jared Kushner, who is tasked with overseeing efforts to reform the USA prison system.

President Donald Trump is reportedly meeting with a Kim today, but it's not North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

In an interview earlier this month, Kardashian said that, if given the opportunity, she would "explain to [Trump] that, just like everybody else, we can make choices in our lives that we're not proud of and that we don't think through all the way". "She was an ordinary woman whose courage ignited and united the heart of America to stand together against a very present evil that could no longer be tolerated", Johnson wrote.

The 63-year-old one-time drug offender was sentenced to life without parole in 1997 on money laundering and drug conspiracy charges, and the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star has been trying to help get her released from behind bars since last year.

The New York Post received backlash for mocking Kim Kardashian West's White House meeting with President Trump in Thursday's newspaper cover, with some on Twitter calling the front page "sexist" and "pathetic". "Today is for you", Kardashian tweeted on Wednesday, which is Johnson's birthday.

Speaking after the meeting, Kardashian said: 'I would like to thank President Trump for his time this afternoon.

The legal defense fund of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) tweeted its agreement with a Cosmopolitan column that said Kardashian's White House appearance was "ego, not activism", and could only have been productive if there were other experts or activists in the room.

While the Trump administration is staunchly opposed to sentencing reforms, it has supported more modest prison and reentry reforms.

Kardashian and Trump first met in 2010, when she appeared on Trump's reality show The Apprentice to plug a line colognes that Trump had founded with TV pundit Piers Morgan. Earlier this month, the White House-backed First Step Act, which would expand programs for prisoners and allow for more home confinement, was approved by the House Judiciary Committee. "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".

Since the announcement of the meeting, Kardashian West has been criticized on Twitter both for wanting to speak with Trump as well as her lack of expertise in regards to prison reform.