Kim Kardashian is usually the butt of jokes in Hollywood and beyond, but on Wednesday, the reality star was the subject of high praise after President Donald Trump granted clemency to Alice Marie Johnson, a first-time nonviolent drug offender who was sentenced to life in federal prison without the possibility of parole.
News of Johnson's release comes just one week after the "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" star met with the president in the Oval Office to advocate for Johnson -- a 63-year-old great-grandmother who's been serving her sentence in Aliceville, Alabama, since 1996. Kim's visit and plea for prison reform was met with staunch criticism from Twitter trolls and even some of Hollywood's elite who thought the reality star had no way of making a change. Boy, were they wrong.
Kim first became involved with Johnson's case back in October of last year after she saw a video of her telling her story. Kim then enlisted her personal attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, to help bring Johnson's clemency petition to fruition. She's been working closely on the case ever since, even speaking with Trump's son-in-law and White House senior adviser, Jared Kushner, multiple times over the phone. Kushner was finally able to bring Johnson's file to White House attorneys, and then to Trump.
Johnson will now be released from prison after serving more than 21 years behind bars for her role in facilitating communications in a cocaine trafficking operation in Memphis, Tennessee. She was given a life sentence without parole, plus 25 years, after her co-conspirators testified against her.
So grateful to @realDonaldTrump, Jared Kushner & to everyone who has showed compassion & contributed countless hours to this important moment for Ms. Alice Marie Johnson. Her commutation is inspirational & gives hope to so many others who are also deserving of a second chance.
Kimberly you are such a beautiful person inside and out!! I am constantly amazed by your determination! No matter what, you never let anyone else dictate your life! What's right is right! You did what was right! God bless you @KimKardashian 💜
Even a broken clock is right twice a day. Trump has been giving out pardons like beads thrown from a Mardi Gras float, but this seems like a good thing. Glad Ms. Johnson will be reunited w/her family. @KimKardashian, girl u are the real deal. https://t.co/f4t9LfEI7q
Hey @KimKardashian that was cool now please convince President Dipshit to stop tearing children away from their mothers and being a racist old asshole who nurtures our divisiveness while stomping on the rule of law thank you!
Amazing hard work by @KimKardashian getting justice & much deserved 2nd chance for Alice Johnson & @realDonaldTrump for showing the humanity America is all about. @Kaepernick7 when you look at that oval office picture I hope you know you made this happen too because we do brother
Great news for Alice Johnson, who's been in federal prison since 1996 on a nonviolent drug offense. Kudos to Kim Kardashian for using her platform to amplify the advocacy many have been doing on Johnson's behalf (and so many others) for years. https://t.co/X2EKQfgPzW
What Kim Kardashian did was incredible. Regardless of what you think of her. She went out of her way to give a voice to the voiceless. This is why celebrities, athletes, actors etc should never 'Shut Up And Dribble'. Social platforms are a force when used to enact change.
Say what you will about @KimKardashian's family, her body and even who she's married to, but this is what using your influence, access and privilege is all about! Alice Johnson will soon be a free woman! Watch her family's emotional reaction inside. https://t.co/VDKhvQRM5E
Kim Kardashian West met with President Trump last week at the White House to talk prison reform and about Alice's case. She and her attorney,Shawn Holley, were working with Ivanka Trump & Jared Kushner for several months on Johnson's case.I'm glad to see the good my fav is doing
Never would've thought there'd be a day when I'd feel grateful to Donald Trump and Kim Kardashian, but these are strange times. Credit where credit is due; this is an objectively good thing. https://t.co/a4LdJoozKf