I definitely was aware [that I could face backlash]. But for me any of my issues have always been more about the people and not about the politics. And so 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, to me felt very self-centered. That I was more worried about my reputation than saving someone’s life. And so I put that all out the door, and I thought, you know what? I’m going to choose [Alice Marie Johnson] over my reputation.
I felt like I had an open opportunity to do that, and from the president going from being really harsh on his stance on prison reform to changing and actually signing the First Step Act and getting that bill passed, was amazing.
— Kim Kardashian West, speaking about the prison reform ideas she pitched to President Donald Trump that led to the passage of the First Step Act, during an episode of The View.
Staci Zaretsky is a senior editor at Above the Law, where she’s worked since 2011. She’d love to hear from you, so please feel free to email her with any tips, questions, comments, or critiques. You can follow her on Twitter or connect with her on LinkedIn.
Published at Tue, 17 Sep 2019 16:12:44 +0000