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Help us, Kim Kardashian. You're our only hope.

Kim Kardashian met with Donald Trump at the White House earlier this month.
Kim Kardashian met with Donald Trump at the White House earlier this month. Donald Trump/Twitter

Kim speaks Trump. Kim Kardashian West, that is.

I need to start a petition to have Kim added to the cabinet with a full-time position as a socio-political polyglot. Because if she can make some inroads with the president regarding unfair sentencing, maybe she can make some inroads with him on everything else.

Kim, who visited Donald Trump at the White House earlier this month, got the president to see that sentencing for non-violent drug-related crimes has been draconian and disproportionate — resulting in people of color and communities of color experiencing the immediate and enduring consequences of mass incarceration and exploitation by the prison industrial complex. I understand a series of circumstances might have led to a criminal act, but having been the victim of a home invasion in December, I believe deeply that criminals have to be held accountable for their actions. Still, while I want the person(s) who broke into my home to be arrested and convicted, they should not be sentenced unreasonably and should have an opportunity for rehabilitation. Post a “like” for Kim.

Here’s what else I need Kimsplained to our president:

Even though it’s painfully evident that erasing President Obama’s legacy is a priority for Trump, pursuing Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ mandatory minimum sentencing is not hot. While there are some trends from the 1980s and 1990s having a revival — mirrored shades, shoulder pads, TV shows — reviving a national tough-on-crime drug strategy shouldn’t be one of them unless we want even more Alice Marie Johnsons (the woman whose case prompted Kim's talk with Trump.) No matter the angle or the lighting, this is not a good look.

The NFL situation. Trump recently said he’s going to ask “all those people to recommend to me — because that’s what they’re protesting — people that they think were unfairly treated by the justice system ... if the athletes have friends of theirs or people they know about that have been unfairly treated by the system, let me know.” That statement is so revealing and egregious. Where do we begin? Kim, you're up. Can you translate social justice, please?

Kim should Kimsplain that people think you’re being shady, Mr. Trump, when you 1) imply sweepingly that black athletes and their families are criminally involved; 2) misconstrue the players' actions and malign them despite knowing the real reasons for the protests; 3) vehemently uphold the Second Amendment (even after innocent high school students die from gun violence again) while staunchly advocating the obstruction of people’s expression under the First Amendment. That’s just sus, Donald.

(Also, if Kim is available for any assistance with local governments, perhaps she can Kimsplain to my fellow Charlotteans that more homes, better pay for teachers and retaining police officers means you need more money. Rather than looking for ways to cut programs and services that meet the very social and structural needs we’ve been talking about ad nauseam, you need to generate more revenue. Paying $20 more in taxes if you own a $200,000 home to support city and civic services, that’s a Kris Jenner level deal.)

So help us, Kim.

And if the rest of you are thinking, “Wow, has it gotten to this point?” Yes. It has.

Desperate times call for desperate measures.