Kardashian met with Trump to discuss prison reform in May 2018, and to lobby for the release of Alice Marie Johnson. Johnson, 63, was serving a life sentence for a drug trafficking charge. After Kardashian and Trump’s meeting, the President commuted Johnson’s sentence and she was released after serving 21 years behind bars.
Many criticized Kardashian’s involvement with Trump, but she told the panelists of The View she didn’t care. “For me to think that I couldn’t go and speak to the man that has the power to change people’s lives because of some opinions I may have of certain policies and issues felt very self-centered that I was more worried about my reputation than saving someone’s life,” she said.
Kardashian added, “I put that all out the door and I thought to myself, ‘You know what? I’m going to choose her over my reputation.’” Her husband, musician Kanye West, stirred up some controversy of his own with his vocal support of the president.
View co-host Meghan McCain noted, “He also only tends to listen to celebrities, so the fact that you’re doing it I think is a great help to so many people.”
The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star also revealed she plans to continue to work with Trump. “I brought up some other issues that are close to my heart privately, and I continue to have those conversation and to fight for that.”
Moderator Whoopi Goldberg also praised Kardashian’s efforts, noting “if you don’t try, you don’t get.”
Viewers on Twitter were divided over Kardashian’s involvement in politics and influence over President Trump. Some expressed that they don’t think she’s qualified to be influencing policy, and others wrote that they didn’t think she had much of a reputation to uphold in the first place:
Kim Kardashian is truly irrelevant.
— joycelynn (@KerschnerJoyce) September 13, 2019
What reputation? Daughter of a famous lawyer who made a sex tape?
— @real_crazy_black_man- (@JeffSho33367353) September 13, 2019
Others took the time to applaud Kardashian for her activism and for using her celebrity towards good in the world:
— innercitygreenteam (@madresmovimient) September 13, 2019
I love Kim. She’s doing great things for our Country. ❤️❤️
— Deblyn (@deblync76) September 13, 2019
She is litterally affecting change within a broken system. I'm obsessed 🙌🏼
— EvieOneder (@evieoneder) September 13, 2019
Meghan McCain slams Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy:
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