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The Projects Waleed Aly and Carrie Bickmore hit out at 'good' news story

By Ally Parker June 8, 2018

"This is awful"

Unless you've become well and truly stuck under a rock, you'll know all about Kim Kardashian's visit to the White House.

The reality TV star met with Donald Trump (apparently, his election is truly not a dream) to discuss prison reform.

Specifically, the case of Alice Marie Johnson, a 64-year-old grandmother behind bars. Alice had originally been in arrested and placed into a federal facility for more than 21 years after being found guilty in connection to a drug trafficking conspiracy.

NBC report she is one of the thousands of Americans serving life sentences for nonviolent offenses.

Proving the world-changing power of an influencer, just days after Kim spoke with Trump and posted a petition on her Twitter, Alice was released.

But not everyone is happy about it.

Including The Project hosts Carrie Bickmore and Waleed Aly.

The hosts discussed the story on the series with Waleed saying:

“She’s actually achieved nothing, she’s achieved something for one person in one case … I reckon this is awful."

“You now have a president who effectively thinks he can do things by pardons. That’s the way he operates.

“Everything goes through him. I’ll just make a decision, ‘you’re saved, you’re not. You’re free, you go to hell.’ That’s the way it works [but] that the opposite of the way it’s supposed to work.”

And.... he actually makes some pretty good points.

Carrie also spoke up saying the 'success' of the incident showed an “attachment to celebrity”.

“I feel for all the people who have been advocating on behalf of people for years … Kim just walks in, [and they decide] ‘OK, let her out’,” Bickmore said.

Image: The Project / Channel 10