President Trump and pop icon Kim Kardashian put aside politics recently to address the imprisonment of great-grandmother Alice Johnson, who was serving a life sentence for a non-violent drug charge.
Johnson was sentenced to life in 1997 for leading a “very significant” cocaine ring and laundering money in the early 1990s, according to The Tennessean. Since then, she has become an ordained minister, earned degrees, and been a model inmate, leading Trump and Kardashian to agree that the 63-year-old didn’t need to be in prison any longer after 20 years of incarceration.
Johnson was ecstatic when she was released, thanking Jesus and Trump. She called her unexpected freedom a miracle.
But during an interview with Kardashian, CNN host Van Jones told the pop icon that some people say, “Trump is using you as a political pawn. Now you’ve endorsed him in a way. You’ve given him legitimacy. He used you.”
Kardashian didn’t agree with that assessment and said that “at the end of the day, he heard me out. We got the job done.”
What Jones didn’t mention is that he himself has been working with Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner, despite his famously anti-Trump stance.
According to CNN, Van Jones has teamed up with the White House on prison reform in America. In May, he appeared on camera with Trump and Kushner.
Trump playfully jabbed at Jones, thanking the CNN host because “he constantly says such nice things about me. He actually has on occasion — not too often — but I’ll tell you what, though, it does feel good.”
Asked why he’s working with the White House, Jones said, “I had to come to a decision. If on 99 issues I’m against you, but on one issue someone like Jared Kushner — whose dad went to prison — wants to do something, and on that one issue it helps women who are being brutalized in prison, it would get 4,000 federal prisoners home, it would get people home earlier if they earn their way home early, if you can do something to help someone, do you just do nothing if you don’t like them on 99 other issues?”
“And I said, I just can’t sit here and let 2,000 federal prisoners continue to get abused if [Trump and Kushner are] sincere and we can make something happen,” he added.
The president has gotten behind a bill aimed at improving prison conditions as well as programs that help people stay out of prison after they’re released, The Guardian reported.