In Which Kim K Arrives at the White House

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And here we are!

Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:

  • Kim Kardashian arrived at the White House today to discuss prison reform; the meeting was likely centered on the case of Alice Marie Johnson, who was sentenced to life in prison without parole in 1996 for a first-time, non-violent drug offense. Kardashian tweeted about Johnson in November 2017, calling the ruling “unfair” and tweeted about her again today. [Page Six/BBC]
  • Remember when Trump alleged that a bus load of people voted illegally in New Hampshire during the 2016 election? Well, an investigation has concluded that five people voted fraudulently in the state, including one college student who was mistakenly told by a dorm supervisor to go to the wrong polling place. Scandal! [WMUR]
  • Paul Manafort is “broke!” Lol.[Buzzfeed News]
  • The parents of the Parkland shooting survivors are starting a political action committee against politicians who double as NRA shills, which is a whole lot of them! [Sun Sentinel]
  • In an interview with Breitbart, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke defended greeting a Japanese-American congresswoman with “konnichiwa” after she spoke of her grandfather’s detention in a Japanese internment camp. His excuse: He has loads of Japanese friends whose families lived in internment camps. [CNN]
  • Tijuana has become a hub for deportees and asylum seekers alike. [The California Sunday Magazine]
  • Bloomberg took a deep dive into a group that encouraged black voters to either vote for Trump or stay home during the 2016 election. [Bloomberg]
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DISCUSSION

Diosabella
Diosabella

Can I just say that the dialog around this Kim K visit has been absolutely vile?

Y’all, I get it: Kim and Kanye are trash and the state of justice in our country is a total dumpster fire when it depends entirely on reality show celebrities to help people. But are we really going to rake Kim over the coals for using her influence (earned or not) to help someone facing a cruel, unjust reality?

“Sources told Vanity Fair that Kardashian will reportedly ask the president to pardon Alice Johnson, a 62-year-old woman who has been in prison for over 20 years, serving a life sentence for a first-time drug offense.”

Sure, it should be politicians and not reality stars trying to make this stuff happen. . . but they aren’t or can’t, so it is. Good for Kim for doing something with her fame to try to help someone.

And for the record, in a lot of y’all’s posts: your sexism is hella showing. And it’s gross. Just saying.