This article in Harper’s Bazaar is a stirring account of how Kim Kardashian used her celebrity connections to help Alice Marie Johnson out of the most difficult situation in Alice Johnson’s life. If you haven’t read the article, I can’t recommend it strongly enough.

First, Alice Marie Johnson deserves tons of credit for accepting responsibility for what she’d done. Unlike some politicians who make excuses (think Hillary Clinton after the 2016 election and Nancy Pelosi after the salon), Alice Johnson humbled herself, admitted that she’d made mistakes, then turned to the Lord for redemption. I’m certain that Alice’s humility and contrition got God’s attention, Who then put it on Kim Kardashian’s heart to find Alice. After getting to know Alice, the forever bond was forged. Shortly thereafter, Kim posted this tweet:


This videotaped interview is golden:

About 6:00 into the interview, Kardashian-West said “There were people around who said ‘are you sure you should go to the White House? Maybe you shouldn’t go.’ To me, this has nothing to do with politics. This has to do with people.”

Think of how much better off the US would be if more people had that attitude. This will sound a little pollyannish but I’ll say it anyway. Doing the right thing is always smart politically.

During their first face-to-face meeting, Alice told Kim that she prays for Kim and Kanye daily. That day, her prayer was based on Psalm 105:14-15, which says “He permitted no one to do them wrong; Yes, He rebuked kings for their sakes, Saying, “Do not touch My anointed ones, And do My prophets no harm.”

Kardashian-West spoke first with Ivanka Trump, who then arranged a meeting with President Trump. Kardashian-West wasn’t worried about resistance or who got credit. She only cared about doing the right thing. President Trump entered their meeting with the same attitude. As a result of that attitude, they got Alice Johnson’s sentence commuted and laid the groundwork for criminal justice reform.

President Obama pardoned 231 individuals in December 2016, “many of whom had similar drug-related charges,” Mic reports, but Johnson was not one of them. According to BBC News, Johnson “fit all of the criteria” for the former president’s clemency project, but was rejected just days before Obama’s term ended. The reason why is unclear. Johnson told Mic, “When the criteria came out for clemency, I thought for sure—in fact, I was certain that I’d met and exceeded all of the criteria.”

It will be difficult for Biden to explain that away. It’s one thing to admit that the didn’t commute Alice Johnson’s sentence. It’s another thing to say ‘we commuted these sentences but didn’t work on criminal justice reform.’

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