Kim Kardashian to meet Donald Trump at the White House to discuss prison reform
Yes, it seems like America cannot get enough of TV personalities meddling in politics. Firstly, they voted the star of the US Apprentice to be their president and now they've enlisted the help of the most famous woman on the planet in order to tackle domestic prison reform.
According to Vanity Fair, Kim will jet off to the White House on Wednesday with an entrusted lawyer alongside. However, while she may live out the majority of her life in front of E! camera crews, Kim will not be bringing any media personnel or her famous siblings with her.
It's believed that she will sit with Mr Trump in order to push prison reform coming from within Trump's own camp. While there, Kim will also ask for the pardon of a 62-year-old great grandmother who is currently serving a life sentence without parole for a drug conviction that was handed down over 21 years ago.
Kardashian learned of the plight of Alice Marie Johnson on Twitter and swore to do something about the situation.
In 1996, Johnson was charged with conspiracy to possess cocaine, attempted possession of cocaine and money laundering. The mother claimed that she had previously lost her job at Fed Ex, leading to her becoming involved in a drug conspiracy ring, in order to provide for her children. Johnson admits that she made a mistake by becoming a telephone mule, passing messages between co-conspirators.
"Before my incarceration, I had a full life," Johnson wrote in an op-ed at CNN Thursday. "I married my childhood sweetheart and became the mother to five beautiful children. As the years went on I became a facilitator training people on how to be managers. I was a manager at FedEx for seven years. Life for a time was good."
"I acknowledge that I have done wrong," she continued. "I made the biggest mistake of my life to make ends meet and got involved with people selling drugs."
The charges were all for nonviolent crimes and were her first ever run-in with the law. Despite having to prior charges, Johnson was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. According to reports, throughout her 21 years behind bars, Johnson has been a model inmate who helps mentor younger prisoners and has become an ordained minister.
Upon hearing about Johnson's case, Kardashian decided to use her position of power to reach out to Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner. Kushner has a particular interest in prison reform due to the fact that his father served a year in prison for tax evasion and other white collar crimes.
Now, Kim will meet with Kushner at the White House before going on to meet with President Trump at the Oval Office. It is here that Kardashian will ask that Johnson is pardoned for her crimes.
So, just when you thought the pantomime that is the American political system already had enough twists and turns, in comes Kim Kardashian to give it a new plot line. What a time we're living in.