The New York Post's "Trump meets rump" cover is sparking outrage over its sexist depiction of Kim Kardashian
The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star, 37, met with the 71-year-old commander in chief on Wednesday to discuss a possible pardon for Alice Johnson, a 62-year-old great-grandmother serving a life sentence for a first-time, nonviolent drug offense.
The news made the cover of the New York Post, which referred to the meeting as “Trump meets Rump” and “The other big a– summit,” a reference to Trump’s postponed meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
The cover also referred to Kardashian West as “Kim Thong Un.”
“@KimKardashian was meeting with President Trump about a critical issue and you lead with her ass? This is unacceptable sexism. No woman deserves this,” she added. “Thank you for using your platform to raise awareness for the issue of prison reform, Kim.”
Washington Post columnist Karen Tumulty added, “Can we just stand back for a moment and acknowledge the sexism of this headline? @KimKardashian is far from the first celebrity to understand the power of using her spotlight to call attention to a serious issue.”
“Hate to always have to point out the obvious but you never got this kind of hate [when] Obama did his parading of celebs through The White House. When he did it they were all amazingly subject matter experts. Why the continued double standard?” he wrote.
“Here a woman @Kim Kardashian who happens to be a celeb has spent years on one case researching it, funding legal defense funds, but because she met with @realdonaldtrump about the issue that she’s taken very seriously, she’s mocked and criticized,” he continued. “The BS from the media and left wing agenda just really needs to stop.”
After calling attention to Kardashian West’s previous political work in advocating for gun control and Planned Parenthood, journalist Yashar Ali claimed that he was told the KKW Beauty mogul’s decision not to smile in the photograph documenting her visit with Trump “was intentional.”
Following their meeting, the president shared a photo of the pair behind the Resolute desk in the Oval Office.
“Great meeting with @KimKardashian today, talked about prison reform and sentencing,” Trump tweeted.
Meanwhile, Kardashian West shared a photo of the presidential seal on the White House carpet with the caption: “Happy Birthday Alice Marie Johnson. Today is for you.”
The mother of three shared the same comment on Twitter in honor of Johnson, who was incarcerated in October 1996 after she helped facilitate communications in a drug trafficking case.
“I would like to thank President Trump for his time this afternoon. It is our hope that the President will grant clemency to Ms. Alice Marie Johnson who is serving a life sentence for a first-time, non-violent drug offense,” she later tweeted.
“We are optimistic about Ms. Johnson’s future and hopeful that she —and so many like her—will get a second chance at life,” she wrote in a follow-up tweet.
In a personal essay published on CNN earlier this month, Johnson opened up about what Kardashian West’s help has meant to her, including the spotlight that has been placed on her case.
“Some refer to prison as a place where hope dies. Some days I’ve found that to be almost right,” Johnson wrote. “Each time that I’ve come close [to giving up], God has restored my faith.”
“So when the unlikely voices of Kim Kardashian West and Jared Kushner came together to shine a spotlight on my case, I could only thank God, for he works in mysterious ways,” she continued.