Lawyer-to-be Kim Kardashian returned to the White House to announce a rideshare program for people coming out of prison. Lyft is partnering with Kim K to give out gift cards for ex-cons, who can then use the cards for rides to job interviews, work, and visiting family. “The ultimate goal is everyone wants the community to be safe. And the more opportunity that they have, and the support we help give them, the safer everyone will be.” The event happened virtually unannounced, with only Kardashian tweeting about the presser en route. USA Today linked the conference with continuing efforts to support the First Step Act. The Formerly Incarcerated Reenter Society Transformed Safely Transitioning Every Person Act is a mixed bag of prison-reform legislation, doing everything from reducing sentences for crack convictions to allowing prison employees to keep their guns on-site.
Cynics might conjecture that Kim doing a press conference would distract a certain amount of the population from Sarah Huckabee Sanders’s resignation. But lately there have been more celebrity press conferences than White House press briefings, so is this a distraction or business as usual?