Kim Kardashian and Donald Trump
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Last week, Kim Kardashian met with President Trump to discuss prison reform. Yes, you read that sentence correctly. Now, I know what you’re thinking, because I had the same thought too. What could a reality TV star possibly know about prison reform? Talking about Kim here, in case you were confused. Truth is, she actually knows nothing about the legal system, but she is a pretty huge activist and tends to get things done.

On Wednesday (May 30), Kim set out on her mission to the White House. Although prison reform was her overall task, her main concern was Alice Marie Johnson, a woman serving life in prison without the possibility of parole. Kim saw a video of Ms. Johnson about seven months ago on Twitter, and something struck a cord.

In the video, Johnson explains how she has been in prison for the last 21 years for a first time, nonviolent drug offense. When she lost her job and means of supporting her family, she got desperate and turned to a drug ring for some quick cash. Since her incarceration, she has lost both of her parents, missed the birth of her grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren.

Because she is in federal prison, parole is not an option. The only possible way of release is clemency, and the only person who can grant clemency is the president. After meeting all of the criteria for clemency and receiving unwavering support, she was denied by Obama.

Like many, Kim saw Johnson’s story and realized something needs to change. Due to her celebrity rank, Kim has a much larger voice than most, and she decided to put it to use by asking Trump to grant Johnson clemency.

We’re unsure of how the meeting went, but by the looks of things, it went pretty well.

When Johnson heard of Kim’s advocacy, she was full of gratitude. According to Entertainment Tonight, she wrote a heartfelt message to Kim, which Kim later shared on her Instagram story.

The letter read:

Dear Ms. Kardashian, I am so humbled by what you are doing and have already done on my behalf. When I spoke with Attorney Shawn Holley and she disclosed the name of my benefactor, I had to take time to process and digest the news that you were the one she had been alluding to,” Johnson’s letter began. “There are no words strong enough to express my deep and heartfelt gratitude. Ms. Kardashian, you are literally helping to save my life and restore me to my family. I was drowning and you have thrown me a life jacket and given me hope that this life jacket I’m serving may one day be taken off.”

There are defining moments in history that have shaped the destiny of this nation. I believe that we are part of a defining moment. When Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on that bus (the same year that I was born – 1955)… that was a defining moment. 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. This is so much bigger than either one of us. I believe that history will record that Kim Kardashian had the courage to take a stand against human warehousing and was a key figure in meaningful criminal justice reform becoming a reality. A million trillion thanks!! May God’s blessing rest upon you and yours. THE BATTLE IS ON!

Sincerely, Alice Marie Johnson.

Like many, including myself, Kim remains hopeful that change will come to the prison system and Ms. Johnson will soon be free.

When things are all said and done, I do agree that it is kind of riduculous that Kim Kardashian met with the president to discuss lawful information she is uneducated in; BUT, you have to respect her advocacy and use of her platform to get things handled.

Well done, Kim; well done.