Kim Kardashian: Kanye has given Trump 'legitimacy'

Kim Kardashian West said Thursday that her husband, rapper Kanye West, gave President TrumpDonald John TrumpLiz Cheney: 'Send her back' chant 'inappropriate' but not about race, gender Booker: Trump is 'worse than a racist' Top Democrat insists country hasn't moved on from Mueller MORE “legitimacy.”

Kardashian West met with Trump this week about prison reform and to lobby for him to issue a pardon, just weeks after her husband expressed his support for the president on Twitter. West's comments drew criticism from fans and fellow rappers.

In an interview with CNN’s Van Jones, Kardashian West pushed back on critics who say that Trump “used” her fame to raise his profile. Following their meeting, Trump commuted the sentence of the woman she lobbied for, Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old great-grandmother who was serving a life sentence on nonviolent drug and money laundering charges.


“I think Kanye’s already given him legitimacy in that way,” Kardashian West said. “I was working on this before. I don’t think I would be used. At the end of the day, he heard me out. We got the job done. What could he really use me for?” 

Trump granted Johnson clemency on Wednesday.

In his meeting with Kardashian West, Trump told the reality television star that she and her husband were helping his approval rating among black voters.

West earlier this year praised Trump in a series of tweets, calling the president his “brother” and saying that the two were “both dragon energy.”