TV personality Kim Kardashian West says she wants to see President Donald Trump succeed and that it was “crazy” for people not to want that.
“I try to see all sides, especially after this experience,” the 37-year-old told the Hollywood Reporter, referring to her meeting with Trump where she asked Trump to pardon Alice Marie Johnson.
On June 6, Trump commuted the life sentence of Johnson, 63, who was imprisoned for drug conspiracy, after taking account of her behavior as well as the 22 years she’s already spent behind bars.
“There’s obviously a lot that we don’t agree with, but I want him [President Trump] to win,” Kardashian West said. “I want him to succeed, because it’s our country. It’s so crazy that everyone doesn’t want that.”
Kardashian West also responded to a question about whether her experience with helping Johnson had made her want to be more involved in politics.
“You know, everyone’s been asking me that, and I said in one interview, ‘Never say never.’ And then I was like, ‘Why did I say that?’ I don’t have political aspirations. I really don’t!” she told the Hollywood Reporter.
“It’s a longer-term mission for me. I never started out thinking I was being political,” she added. “I just thought I was helping people, and I knew that I had the opportunity [and] the resources, so I used them and, you know, it worked out really well for Alice.”
“I definitely saw a lot of compassion from the White House with her, and I really do believe it’s just the beginning.”
According to Johnson’s warden, Arcala Washington-Adduci, Johnson had “exhibited outstanding and exemplary work ethic” and was “willing to go above and beyond in all work tasks.”
Kardashian West learned of Johnson’s story earlier this year and contacted Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, who informed her husband, Jared Kushner, according to Vanity Fair. Kushner is Trump’s senior adviser.
Kushner is working on a prison reform initiative that would provide programs teaching life skills, morals, and academic subjects, as well as offer drug addiction treatment, prison jobs, mentoring, and more, to all federal inmates.
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