On Wednesday afternoon, Kim Kardashian met with Donald Trump at the White House. They didn’t chat about their mutual love for Kanye West, instead of discussing the serious topics of criminal justice and prison reform.
Specifically, Kardashian talked about Trump possibly granting clemency to Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old nonviolent drug offender currently serving a life sentence behind bars. Kardashian was moved by Johnson’s story, which was featured in an Mic.com profile last October and detailed all the ways her punishment did not fit her crime. “This is so unfair,” Kardashian tweeted at the time, alongside a link to the lengthy write-up.
Prior to arriving at the White House, Kardashian wrote on Twitter: “Happy Birthday Alice Marie Johnson. Today is for you.” Johnson is one of the whopping 39% of the prison population that is serving time for nonviolent offenses — despite the fact that they’d likely benefit from alternative rehabilitative options.
Along with the general randomness of this meeting, lest we not forget all the times Trump has hurled misogynistic comments Kardashian’s way. In a 2013 interview, he criticized that she “absolutely” had “a fat ass.” “It’s record-setting,” he commented again to Howard Stern about a year later. “In the old days, they’d say she’s got a bad body.”
All in all, I get Kim Kardashian is trying, but Trump could’ve met with someone who has devoted their whole life to prison reform, who actually knows the ins and out of this unfair system. So this meeting really doesn’t mean anything, because we know Trump isn’t gonna fight for people of color, who this system has hurt the most.