Meeting With President Donald Trump
On May 30th, 2018, following months of discussions with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, Kim Kardashian met with United States President Donald Trump to discuss prison reform. Kardashian is advocating for the release of a Alice Johnson, a 62-year-old grandmother who has been incarcerated for the past 21 years on a non-violent drug charge.
That day, President Trump tweeted, “Great meeting with @KimKardashian today, talked about prison reform and sentencing.” Additionally, he included a photograph of the two of them in the Oval Office. Within 24 hours, the post (shown below) received more than 34,000 retweets and 125,000 likes.
People responded to the photograph by captioning it with various jokes about the Trump administration. Twitter user @ira joked about Melania Trump conspiracy theories, tweeting, “‘You are Melania now.'” The post (shown below, left) received more than 3,700 retweets and 26,000 likes in less than 24 hours.
The New York Post put the picture on the cover of the paper with the headline “Trump Meets Rump” and the subtitle that called Kardashian “Kim Thong Un” (shown below, center). While some found the cover funny, others found it offensive and dismissive to Kardashian’s cause. Twitter user @alexbrucesmith tweeted, “woman uses her considerable celebrity influence to talk directly to the president about important and vital prison reform. @nypost: yeah but did you see her bum???” The post (shown below, right) received more than 775 retweets and 3,000 likes.