Kardashian West is known for being one of the most recognizable faces on television. More recently, she has made a name for herself as an advocate for criminal justice and prison reform, working with the White House to secure freedom for citizens she believes have been wronged by the justice system.
The ad stars Alice Marie Johnson, who posted a clip on her Twitter account, explaining that two years ago she was incarcerated, and now she was starring in an ad during the big game. Kardashian West proudly shared her tweet.
President Donald Trump granted clemency to Johnson a week after Kardashian West met with him in 2018 and pleaded her case. “Thanks to President Trump, people like Alice are getting a second chance,” Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign commercial reads. “Politicians talk about criminal justice reform. President Trump got it done. Thousands of families are being reunited.” It's not surprising Kardashian West would share the video, as she has repeatedly stated she will work with any administration on criminal justice reform.
But that didn't stop people on Twitter from commenting, naturally. Some didn't like what they saw as an endorsement of Trump.
Other people felt the campaign ad was taking credit for Kardashian West's work and not accurately representing the policies of the Trump administration.
Johnson, who is a grandmother, was released last year after receiving a life sentence for a first-time, nonviolent drug offense. In addition to Johnson’s case, Kardashian West has financed campaigns to release 16 other people from life sentences for low-level drug crimes.