On Wednesday, Kim Kardashian West announced that she would be visiting the White House, but she wouldn’t be going alone.
Three formerly incarcerated women, Judith Negron, Crystal Munoz and Tynice Nichole joined her, along with ex-convict Alice Johnson and the #cut50 team, a “bipartisan initiative to cut crime.” Kardashian West previously recommended that President Trump grant the three women clemency, which he did last month.
In an apparent effort to showcase her bipartisanship, Kardashian West also retweeted Ivanka Trump who wrote about the matter.
Crystal Munoz received an 18-year sentence in 2008 for drug conspiracy. As reported by Rolling Stone, Munoz drew a map from the U.S. to Mexico which helped friends traffic drugs. However, she claims that she didn’t know the map’s true purpose. Munoz gave birth to her second baby while she was in jail.
Judith Negron received a 35-year prison sentence in 2011, the longest sentence ever given to a female for a white-collar crime. She was found guilty of a non-violent conspiracy to commit health care fraud. The Medicare fraud scheme was worth $205 million. Negron also left behind two sons.
Tynice Hall received a 35-year sentence in 2006 for a first-time, non-violent drug conspiracy. Her boyfriend at the time was the main target in the investigation, as he used Hall’s house for illegal drug activities. Hall left behind a 3-year-old son.
Kim Kardashian West also highlighted the work of Alice Johnson in her tweets. Johnson, who received a life sentence in 1996 for non-violent drug crimes, hoped to get clemency from President Barack Obama before he left office. However, her plea was ultimately denied.
Kim Kardashian West soon stepped in and advocated for Johnson, who referred to her as a “war angel.” In 2018, she was granted clemency.
Now, Johnson is working hard to help other incarcerated women with unfair sentences. She worked with Kardashian West to recommend that President Trump grant Munoz, Negron and Hall clemency.
According to the New York Post, President Trump met with the women at the White House on Wednesday.
Kardashian West then retweeted Ivanka Trump, who posed for a picture with the reality star, the three freed women, Alice Johnson and others. She wrote,
“Meet Judith Negron, Crystal Munoz and Tynice Nichole Hall. At the recommendation of @AliceMarieFree, @KimKardashian and the @cut_50 team, these 3 mothers were granted clemency by @realDonaldTrump last month and are already using their second chance to pay it forward!”
Kardashian West’s tweets, and in particular her retweet of Ivanka Trump, drew politicized comments.
“He’s using you all for his re-election campaign,” one user wrote. “Why are you allowing this Kim? Why?”
In an extremely negative tweet, another person wrote, “Princess Nepotism thinks now is the perfect time for another photo op despite the fact that Americans are sick and dying from the coronavirus!”
Some commentators were far more positive about Kardashian West’s efforts. For example, one supporter chimed in, “By being civil and tweeting these things, you @KimKardashian are showing people how to not revolve their lives about a political party but to work together for the greater good. Thank you!”