Kim Kardashian talks whether she’s getting into politics following Alice Marie Johnson’s pardon

Kim Kardashian West and Alice Marie Johnson are forever linked!

The pair met for the first time just ahead of their Today show interview with Hoda Kotb, which aired on Thursday morning. During the interview, Kim explained how she went about helping Alice to get pardoned after her lifetime sentence for a first-time, non-violent drug offense.

“It became this mission that I just didn’t want to give up. I think to some people it might seem like, ‘OK, Kim made a phone call to the President, showed up,’ [but] we had been in talks and working on this for seven months,” the 37-year-old reality star explained. “It wasn’t an instant thing.”

In late May, Kim met with President Donald Trump to present the case to him. Prior to that meeting, she’d reached out to his daughter, Ivanka Trump.

“I called Ivanka, and we had a really great conversation about women and wanting to help each other,” Kim said. “I knew that she would have understood Alice, and she immediately was so receptive and so great.”

Watch the full interview below:
 

When it came time to visit the Oval Office, which Kim described as “overwhelming in the most amazing way,” she had the perfect ice breaker.

“I first said that I am here because I really want to know why you kicked Khloe [Kardashian] off The Apprentice, and he laughed and it broke the ice and then he got focused,” Kim quipped of her sister’s time on Trump’s reality competition show.

Though she noted that her famous family is “always really supportive,” Kim confessed that there were people around her who discouraged her from visiting the White House.

“To me, this has nothing to do with politics. This has to do with people,” she explained. “I hope maybe this inspires more people to talk to the people in power that you can have an affect over them for the greater good of other people.”

So will the business mogul and famed A-lister try her hand at politics full time?

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 21: Kim Kardashian West attends Christie's x What Goes Around Comes Around 25th Anniversary Auction Preview at What Goes Around Comes Around on August 21, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for What Goes Around Comes Around)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 21: Kim Kardashian attends What Goes Around Comes Around 25th Anniversary Auction Beverly Hills Preview, presented by Christie's, at What Goes Around Comes Around on August 21, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
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INGLEWOOD, CA - JULY 29: Kim Kardashian West attends the first annual 'If Only' Texas hold'em charity poker tournament benefiting City of Hope at The Forum on July 29, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - JULY 29: Kris Jenner (L) and Kim Kardashian West attend the first annual 'If Only' Texas hold'em charity poker tournament benefiting City of Hope at The Forum on July 29, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15: Kim Kardashian West attends the Beautycon Festival LA 2018 at the Los Angeles Convention Center on July 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 30: Kim Kardashian West attends KKW Beauty Fan Event at KKW Beauty on June 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for ABA)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 30: Kim Kardashian West (L) and Kris Jenner attend KKW Beauty Fan Event at KKW Beauty on June 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for ABA)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - JUNE 21: Kim Kardashian , Kanye West and La La Anthony attend Teyana Taylor Album release Party at Universal Studios Hollywood on June 21, 2018 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Prince Williams/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 21: Kim Kardashian attends the Louis Vuitton Menswear Spring/Summer 2019 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on June 21, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 21: Kanye West and Kim Kardashian attend the Louis Vuitton Menswear Spring/Summer 2019 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on June 21, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
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CENTURY CITY, CA - JUNE 18: Kim Kardashian West attends the BoF West Summit at Westfield Century City on June 18, 2018 in Century City, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for The Business of Fashion)
CENTURY CITY, CA - JUNE 18: Kris Jenner (L) and Kim Kardashian West attend the BoF West Summit at Westfield Century City on June 18, 2018 in Century City, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for The Business of Fashion)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 16: TV personality Kim Kardashian, winner of the Best Reality Series/Franchise award for 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians', walks off stage during the 2018 MTV Movie And TV Awards at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Chris Polk/VMN18/Getty Images for MTV)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 16: TV personalities Kim Kardashian (L) and Kris Jenner attend the 2018 MTV Movie And TV Awards at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 16: KIm Kardashian arrives at the 2018 MTV Movie And TV Awards at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 15: Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and daughter North West seen out and about in Manhattan on June 15, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 15: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West seen out and about in Manhattan on June 15, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 14: (L-R) Kim Kardashian West, La La Anthony, and Jonathan Cheban attend the Nas 'Nasir' Album Listening Session on June 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
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“People have been asking me, ‘Are you getting into politics?’ and no, I’m still doing me,” she noted. “But I enjoy this. This has fulfilled my heart and since I feel so fulfilled, why would I stop that?”

Johnson mirrored the sentiment, explaining, “I plan on continuing to magnify this issue. I can’t stop, I can’t stop. I’ve lived it, I’ve walked with them, I’ve cried with them. My life is completely intertwined forever with those who are left behind. So it can’t end here."

The amazing thing about the pair’s journey together is that when Alice was first approached by Kim, she admitted she didn’t recognize her name.

“I didn’t know Kim. As soon as I found out who she was, I started getting every magazine I could find,” Alice, who was incarcerated for 22 years, said. “I started reading everything that I could about her and everyone was amazed and I was amazed too.”

The 37-year-old reality star was the one to break the news to Alice that she was being released – a moment neither woman will soon forget.

“I believe she said, ‘You can go home now. Are you ready to go home?’” Alice recalled. “When she said that I went into full-fledged Pentecostal holy dance. I started screaming and jumping, people were listening.”

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At the time, Kim didn’t realize she was the one breaking the news to Alice, noting, “At first I thought she knew because the news was starting to break and we had to get her on the phone. I said, ‘Wait, you don’t know?’ and she said, ‘Know what?’ and I said, ‘You’re going home.’ And screams and cries.”

The two ladies clearly had a great time during their interview as Kim spent some downtime teaching Alice how to work Snapchat filters.

“You guys, Alice has never seen a Snapchat filter before so I’m showing her the ropes,” Kim said as they tried out different filters.

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