2018-06-08 16:34:59 UTC
Kim Kardashian has denied being used by Donald Trump in his shallow attempts to
come across as a competent, compassionate president instead of an incompetent,
In an interview that aired Thursday night, CNNs Van Jones spoke with Kardashian
about her role in Alice Johnsons commuted sentence. Johnson was sentenced to
life in prison without the possibility of parole following a non-violent
first-time drug offense in 1996. Kardashian retweeted a Mic article about
Johnson in November 2017, and since then has petitioned the White House to
pardon Johnson. On Wednesday, Trump granted Johnson clemency.
We cried, maybe, on the phone for like three minutes straight, Kardashian
said, voice breaking as she recalled giving the good news to Johnson. Everyone
was just crying.
Jones presented Kardashian with the idea that Trump is using her as a political
pawn, that Kardashian inadvertently endorsed him and hes using her to give
Kardashian paused, then: I think Kanyes already given him legitimacy in that
way. She continued: I was working on [the Alice Johnson] case before so I
dont think I would be used. At the end of the day, he heard me out, he got the
job done, so what could he really use me for?
The commutation was an act of compassion in a presidential sea of racism and
policies that will punish more women like Johnson, trapping them in the same
system. Still, Kardashian seems genuinely perplexed by how her good deed could
be used for Trumps ends. That part seems clear enough for those of us watching
at home; she is, after all, now doing a round of press to celebrate the
presidents benevolence, isnt she?