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President Trump meets with socialite Kim Kardashian-West at the White HouseFollowing an exchange between Kardashian-West’s husband, Kanye, and the president, she was invited to the White House to lobby the president on issues of importance to her.
US President Donald Trump met with reality television personality Kim Kardashian-West in the Oval Office this week, where the two discussed prison reform as well as clemency for Alice Marie Johnson, a great-grandmother who is serving a life sentence on drug charges. Johnson was convicted of a non-violent first-time drug offense and has been serving a life sentence with the possibility of parole since.
“If you think about a decision that you’ve made in your life and you get life without the possibility of parole for your first-time nonviolent offense, there’s just something so wrong with that,” Kardashian-West stated in a profile produced by Mic. Kardashian-West tweeted about Johnson before her meeting with the president, stating “today is for you.”
Happy Birthday Alice Marie Johnson. Today is for you 🙏🏼✨— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) May 30, 2018
Kardashian-West thanked the president on Twitter for meeting with her, stating that she hoped he would grant Johnson clemency.
I 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.— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) May 31, 2018
A few weeks ago, Kardashian-West’s husband, musician Kanye West, publicly declared his support for Trump on Twitter. West’s tweets invoked the ire of many on the left, who denounced him for what they saw as a betrayal to them. West, who has previously been a mainstream musical idol, was presumed to be left-leaning on US political issues. West has previously criticized former President George W. Bush for “not caring about black people.” As such, it was a surprise when West publicly stated that “the mob can’t make me not love” President Trump and that they are both “dragon energy.”
Thank you Kanye, very cool! https://t.co/vRIC87M21X— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 25, 2018
West also tweeted a picture of a Donald Trump campaign “Make America Great Again” hat, signed by the president, which Trump publicly thanked West for.
my MAGA hat is signed 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/DrDHJybS8V— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018
When many on the left began criticizing West’s public display of support, Kardashian-West was quick to support her husband’s actions publicly. Kardashian-West stated that “the media is trying to demonize my husband” and that “he is a free thinker.”
To the media trying to demonize my husband let me just say this... your commentary on Kanye being erratic & his tweets being disturbing is actually scary. So quick to label him as having mental health issues for just being himself when he has always been expressive is not fair— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) April 25, 2018
He’s a free thinker, is that not allowed in America? Because some of his ideas differ from yours you have to throw in the mental health card? That’s just not fair. He’s actually out of the sunken place when he’s being himself which is very expressive— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) April 25, 2018
Many on the right saw Kardashian-West and West’s tweets as a significant victory for the young populists and paleo-conservatives who now occupy the ranks of the GOP’s voting base. An anonymous source with the GOP’s college campus arm stated that this interaction “represented a pivotal moment for us in the culture war.” The “culture war” represents what young conservatives see as an ongoing battle within youth circles to make conservatism and traditionalism popular and cool in the eyes of young voters, the majority of whom currently lean far to the left. Kardashian-West, with her 60 million Twitter followers, and West, with his 28.3 million, are presumably coveted advocates in reaching youth audiences.
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