During a State of the Union in which Donald Trump at one point seemed to take personal credit for inspiring the record number of women now in Congress, most of whom ran in direct opposition to him, there was one woman whose tireless campaigning and pursuit of social justice played a pivotal role yet went unmentioned. When this speech is written up in the history books, they shouldn’t forget the name Kim Kardashian West.
In May last year, Kardashian met with Trump and Jared Kushner in the Oval Office to lobby generally for prison reform, and specifically to call for the release of Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old woman who was given a life sentence in 1996 for her involvement in a cocaine trafficking organisation in Memphis.
Trump agreed to commute Johnson’s sentence, and today he invited her as one of his many stunt guests. Seated next to the looming Kushner, who always looks as if he’s caught in the midst of A Series of Unfortunate Events, Johnson wiped away tears as Trump said: “When I saw Alice’s beautiful family greet her at the prison gates, hugging and kissing and crying and laughing, I knew I did something right. Alice is with us tonight, and she is a terrific woman.”