Democrats could maybe learn about “true bipartisanship” from Kim Kardashian West.
The reality television star and wife of rapper Kanye West offered her sincere appreciation to President Donald Trump, thanking him for signing criminal justice reform legislation which secured the release of a Tennessee man.
“Just got word that Matthew Charles will be coming home within 24 hours,” West tweeted Thursday. “Thank you @realDonaldTrump for signing the 1st step act. This is what true bipartisanship can accomplish.”
Just got word that Matthew Charles will be coming home within 24 hours. Thank you @realDonaldTrump for signing the 1st step act. This is what true bipartisanship can accomplish. https://t.co/9EnwDSksfw
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) January 3, 2019
Trump signed the First Step Act last month, ushering in sweeping changes that will improve rehabilitation programs for former inmates as well as allow judges more flexibility in how they sentence those accused of nonviolent crimes.
Charles was one of the first prisoners to be released under the new reform law, according to a Nashville Public Radio report cited by West in her tweet.
According to the report:
Matthew Charles was incarcerated for selling crack in 1996 and was released after serving two decades behind bars. While in prison, Charles took college courses, became a law clerk and a mentor for new prisoners. He spent two decades without a single disciplinary infraction. A judge took that into account when reducing his sentence in 2016.
But he was ordered back to prison for another decade last year when he was re-sentenced two years after his release because federal prosecutors argued that the “career offender” was released in error. After Trump signed the First Step Act into law, Charles’ attorney filed a motion claiming his client would now fall under the reduced guidelines for crack offenses.
The U.S. Attorney’s office responded that they would not appeal or fight the case and a federal judge on Thursday ordered Charles’ immediate release from a Kentucky prison.
Trump had earned West’s gratitude last year when he agreed to pardon 63-year-old first-time drug offender Alice Marie Johnson, who was serving 21 years of a life sentence.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 11, 2018
West’s shout-out to the president on Charles’ imminent release from prison earned much applause on Twitter where many thought she could use her influence to help secure nation’s border.
Seriously Kim this is amazing! You using your platform to change prison reform is so beautiful.
— Travis White (@TravisLynnWhite) January 3, 2019
Yup and this President fixed it!
— Renee Bessone (@rtbessone) January 3, 2019
I dont know and I dont need to know him. This is just great. Awesome! what you are doing to help people is Great. And working with the President. well others are busy hating him you are busy working with him to help people. GOOD JOB KIM.
— Shay James (@ShayJam26980297) January 3, 2019
We could use your help with securing the border.
— Steph (@steph93065) January 3, 2019
Great job Kim, and thank you President Trump!
— Anna Khait (@Annakhait) January 4, 2019
Thank you for using your -huge- platform to truly make a change in our society
— Kim Kardashian Army (@KimKLegion) January 3, 2019
Thank you for thanking our amazing President Donald J Trump??????
— Marina (@13PINX) January 3, 2019
I remain in awe. Thank you Kim for your bravery & stength in standing up to the disgusting backlash you & Kanye have received.
— NJSayWhat (@NJSayWhat) January 4, 2019
Can you please help with trying to get bipartisan support for securing our border? Sincerely, A fellow mom & her four children. @kanyewest
— Deplorable KK Berd? (@keny_berd) January 4, 2019
Kim proving what half the country knew about Trump … that he’s willing to work with anyone of it’s going to help our country … keep doing good work and together this country will prevail
— Toddybrandon15 (@Toddybrandon15) January 3, 2019
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