Though he didn’t actually utter her name, Tuesday night’s (Feb. 5) Pres. Trump’s State of the Union address is the closest any Commander in Chief has ever come to mentioning a Kardashian in the annual speech before Congress.
“Last year, I heard through friends the story of Alice Johnson. I was deeply moved,” Trump said near the beginning of the 90-minute speech, with the “friends” in this case possibly referring to Kim Kardashian West.
It was the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star who visited the White House last summer to advocate for the release of Johnson, 63, a first-time nonviolent drug offender who at that time was more than two decades into a life sentence.
“In 1997, Alice was sentenced to life in prison as a first time, nonviolent drug offender,” Trump said. “Over the next 22 years, she became a prison minister, inspiring others to choose a better path. She had a big impact on that prison population and far beyond. Alice’s story underscores the disparities and unfairness that can exist in criminal sentencing, and the need to remedy this total injustice. She served almost that 22 years, and had expected to be in prison for the remainder of her life. In June, I commuted alice’s sentence. 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.”
Kardashian West tweeted out her response to Johnson getting a call-out from the guest’s gallery on Tuesday night, writing, “So proud!!! @AliceMarieFRee at the SOTU!!!!”
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) February 6, 2019