Kim was unbothered.
Kim Kardashian is one of the world's most followed and searched celebrities. Due to the public nature of her life, the model and business maven's every move is often scrutinized and criticized. When she made the controversial decision to visit the White House and speak to President Donald Trump about prison reform, Kardashian West was flooded with a barrage of demeaning messages and was made the subject of international headlines —but, she really didn't care.
While in conversation with journalist Van Jones at Rolling Stone‘s Criminal Justice Reform Summit, Kim spoke candidly about how her famous meeting with Trump came to be. She revealed that she first reached out to Ivanka Trump, who proceeded to connect Kim to her husband, Jared Kushner. “He has been amazing. He has fully listened,” Kim revealed. “Ivanka was amazing in really connecting me. And we really worked together as a team to present Alice’s case.”
When asked about whether the thought of collaborating with Trump, a politician whose views do not always align with her own, discouraged her from pursuing her cause, Kim shared, “I did consider the fact that I would get a lot of backlash if I went to the White House." She further explained, “For me, if it’s a life versus my reputation. People talk s— about me all day long, I didn’t really care. What more could they say about me, seriously? When I outweighed the options of bad stories about me that would probably last a week in this news cycle, versus saving someone’s life, that wasn’t an option. I will gladly go there and take the heat. Okay, if he’s gonna listen to me and he’s taking the meeting, maybe I can really get through to him and really explain to him. From meeting all of the people that I have met behind bars, I guarantee you, they don’t care who signs that clemency paper.”