Just weeks after rapper Kanye West expressed this support for President Donald Trump, his wife, Kim Kardashian, met with Trump in the White House. She was there to advocate for an issue she’d been outspoken about on social media, clemency for Alice Marie Johnson. (RELATED: Left Loses It After Kanye West Shows Support For Black Conservative Candace Owens).
Johnson was arrested with 15 others in 1993 on charges that included conspiracy to possess cocaine, attempted possession of cocaine, and money laundering. She’d briefly been involved in a drug syndicate that imported cocaine to Memphis but never directly sold drugs. Ten co-conspirators turned on her for reduced sentences, which in turn resulted in Johnson getting life in prison. She’d served 21 and a half years of that sentence until Trump commuted her sentence on Wednesday. President Barack Obama’s Justice Department opposed Johnson’s requests for early release.
Johnson and her entire family have expressed immense gratitude to President Trump. In video footage from the scene of her release outside her former prison in Aliceville, Johnson said, “I want to thank Donald John Trump,” with cheers and screams in the background as she wiped away tears. “He gave me another chance in life and restoring me to my family. I want to thank Kim Kardashian West … thank you, Kim … I’m free to live life and free to start over … I have a lot of catching up to do with my family … I can’t wait to get back on the workforce … and get back to my community.”
"I'm free to hug my family. I'm free to live life. I'm free to start over."
Alice Johnson is released from federal prison in Pickens County, Alabama, after her sentence was commuted by President Trump. She was serving life on drug charges. https://t.co/hmszlbqwQo pic.twitter.com/k73JiqWa20
— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 7, 2018
Just minutes after Johnson was freed, one of her daughters joined MSNBC via phone thanking President Trump multiple times during the interview. “I want to publicly thank President Trump. That’s awesome.”
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Both Johnson and her daughter appeared on CNN’s Anderson Cooper later that night. She told the audience “I want to say to President Trump: “I am going to make you proud that you gave me this second chance in life. And I will not disappoint the American public or the world that has so much faith in me. It means that someone finally saw me, someone finally heard me, someone had mercy on me — and that was President Trump, and so I’m so thankful for him and what he’s done.”
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