Kim Kardashian Takes the White House Stage Next to Donald Trump to Discuss Prison Reform
Kim Kardashian-West came to the White House and spoke, alongside President Donald Trump, about prison reform and a new ride-sharing program that will be open to "formerly incarcerated people."
On Thursday, Kim Kardashian West returned to the White House as she continued her efforts of promoting aid for former inmates as they resume life outside prison. As a criminal rights activist, the aspiring lawyer took it to the stage to speak about a ride-sharing program that would provide free transportation for ex-prisoners to job interviews and work.
Kardashian-West also shared how her fight for the inmates began when she visited the president last as well as how it prompted her to visit different prisons, help cases, and even pursue her late father’s career of being a lawyer.
“I am so happy to announce today that we have a rideshare partnership where formerly incarcerated people will be gifted gift cards so that they can get rides to and from job interviews, to and from jobs, family members, and that is so important, so needed,” Kardashian-West said.
Honored to be at the @WhiteHouse today with @realDonaldTrump. Thank you @kimkardashian for being a champion for criminal justice reform. It wouldn’t have happened without you. pic.twitter.com/5npnMqCyWT— Phil Bryant (@PhilBryantMS) June 13, 2019
This is not the first time that the reality star extended her efforts to aid former inmates. She has been to the White House multiple times, discussing with President Trump criminal justice reform issues.
With the passage of the First Step Act, White House officials are focusing their efforts to ensure a stable environment for ex-prisoners as they rejoin the workforce.
.@KimKardashian has made quite an impression at the White House! President Trump called her "a real friend" ahead of her speech on criminal justice reform. https://t.co/MuNswp0vrf pic.twitter.com/0tmh9P1pN9— Access Hollywood (@accesshollywood) June 14, 2019
Beyond the advocacies, the beauty mogul has also directed her actions to become a lawyer by registering with the California State Bar. With the requirements of 60 college credits and an apprenticeship at a law firm, Kardashian West is set to take on the bar in 2022.
The “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star’s efforts are certainly not in vain given her previous successes with former sex slave Cyntoia Brown, Jeffrey Stringer, and Alice Marie Johnson, who spent 21 years in prison. Kardashian West assisted Stringer out of a Miami prison after being jailed due to a low-level drug case.
Kim Kardashian at White House announces a program that will offer gift cards for a ride share company to help former prisoners travel to job interviews and to work. pic.twitter.com/tLLaYt3tYs— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) June 13, 2019
As for Johnson, Kardashian West had been successful in lobbying for a pardon after learning about her case on Twitter. In 2018, Kardashian West met up with President Trump, as well as senior adviser Jared Kushner, to discuss prison reform. This issue was a big deal for Kushner as the White House backed up programs for the well-being of prisoners.
Nevertheless, despite Kardashian West’s success in advocacies, her path to being a full-fledged lawyer is not spared from countless criticism. Much of online trolls believe that it is her privilege that has gotten her into her new path.
However, the 38-year-old aspiring lawyer slams such comments, explaining that her unconventional journey demands as much effort given that the state bar does not provide special treatment.