Kim Kardashian says she was warned against working with Trump on prison reform: ‘Your reputation is done’
Kim Kardashian was recently confronted by David Letterman in his long-form Netflix series 'My Next Guest Needs No Introduction' over making mutual cause with President Doanld Trump. During the conversation, the 39-year-old revealed that she was warned by almost everyone as she headed to work with Trump. Kim worked with Trump on prison reforms. She also visited the White House two years ago to convince the Republican leader to reduce the sentencing of Alice Johnson, who had been jailed for non-violent drug charges for many years.
Speaking with Letterman, the ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ star said her passion for prison sentencing reform is not bound by politics. “Hopefully, for the next multiple administrations, I’ll be working with the White House, helping them with clemencies,” she said as reported by The Daily Beast. But the 73-year-old television host reportedly wanted to hear something bad about Trump from Kim and asked her, “But do you feel that what is being done on behalf of sentencing reform now via this current administration in any way allows the balance of democracy back in a corridor of viability?” After receiving no “satisfactory” response from Kim, he again tried by saying: “I’m grateful for what you’re doing, but it doesn’t make me feel any better about the current administration.” To which, the mother-of-four only replied: “I understand that.”
Not just that, Kim also refrained from revealing who she is voting for in the 2020 presidential election. But she did mention that when she was associating herself with the POTUS she was warned. “Trust me, everyone called me and said, ‘Don’t you dare step foot in that White House or your reputation is done.’” Later, when Letterman said, “But see, your good work is overwhelming. It’s a positive force that diminishes what I consider to be unacceptable behavior by the president.” Kim again refused to say anything against Trump and stated that she was “extremely grateful” for the work that the government did for criminal justice reform before adding she will “stay focused” on what she can achieve.
Earlier in February, Kim told CR Fashion Book about her activism: “My evolution on this is probably some combination of growing up, getting married, having kids and my life being so different than what it was when I was starting out. Now, I feel like I have a duty to myself and to my children more than the public and I want to be a good role model for my kids." She continued, “I'm raising four black kids in this society and our system is so discriminatory against black and brown people. I want to do as much as I can to make their lives easier. I never knew much about the system until I started to dig in, and once I learned and saw how many things were wrong, I really couldn't stop."
Kim also explained at the time why she approached Trump as she believed his daughter Ivanka would understand Johnson’s condition as she is also a mother. "Alice [Marie Johnson] is a mother of five and has siblings. I thought maybe Ivanka Trump would understand. Through Ivanka and her husband, Jared, I was able to connect with the president,” she added. “Everyone told me I would ruin my career if I went to the White House, but that doesn't mean anything to me. My reputation over someone's life? That didn't make any sense. People talk shit all day long: I felt confident that I could handle a news story that would cycle for a day or a week, tops. But the chance to change someone's life? Backing out was not an option for me."