President Trump Reportedly Set to Pardon a Number of Hip-Hop Artists
After pardoning Alice Johnson at the request of Kim Kardashian, President Donald Trump is reportedly gearing up to pardon a number of rappers.
According to June 13 report from Vanity Fair, Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was given a list of more people to pardon by Kim Kardashian, which also includes hip-hop artists. "They're going to be pardoning a lot of people—pardons that even Obama wouldn't do," a source told the publication.
While it's uncertain which names appear on the list, it's believed that Kushner is trying to push the pardons as a way to repair his image with liberals and is "aggressively lobbying" Trump to pardon more people.
Kardashian worked closely with Kushner, Trump and Johnson to get 63-year-old Alice Johnson's sentence pardoned, even meeting with Trump at the White House. Johnson was sentenced to life in prison on a drug charge in 1996. Following Johnson's pardon, Kim thanked Trump and Kushner on Twitter, writing, "So grateful to @realDonaldTrump, Jared Kushner & to everyone who has showed compassion & contributed countless hours to this important moment for Ms. Alice Marie Johnson."
Hip-hop is no stranger to pardons. In 2008, then-New York Governor David A. Paterson pardoned Slick Rick after he was convicted of attempted murder in 1991. The legendary rapper served six years in prison for his role in the shooting of his cousin and a bystander.
Trump historically doesn't have the best relationship with hip-hop, but the commander-in-chief does have the support of Kanye West. While Yeezy wasn't at the White House for Kim's meeting with Trump, the rapper has shown his support for the president in the past.
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