*Alice Marie Johnson, the woman President Donald Trump granted clemency after Kim Kardashian pushed for her release from prison, praised the president and the reality TV star during her speech on the final night of the Republican National Convention.
Johnson, 65, called for criminal justice reform during her speech on Thursday and noted that while imprisoned, she thought she would only “be reunited with my family as a corpse,” per PEOPLE.
“I stand before you tonight and I assure you: I am not a ghost. I am alive, I am well and, most importantly, I am free,” Johnson said.
While sharing her journey from prison-to-prison reform advocate, Johnson urged Americans to show compassion for “those who are forgotten.”
“The nearly 22 years I spent in prison were not wasted.”
Alice Johnson, grandmother whose sentence was commuted by Pres. Trump, calls on people to “take action for those who are forgotten. That’s what our president, Donald Trump, did for me.” https://t.co/EyJzJDolZ4 pic.twitter.com/UQgG1WZR0t
— ABC News (@ABC) August 28, 2020
“I pray that you will not just hear this message but that you will be inspired by my story and your compassion will lead you to take action for those who are forgotten,” she said. “That’s what our president, Donald Trump, did for me and for that I will be forever grateful.”
“I’m using my voice to tell their stories and I pray that my face reminds you of those forgotten faces,” she said.
The great-grandmother said that “the nearly 22 years I spent in prison were not wasted. God had a purpose and plan for my life. I was not delayed or denied, I was destined for such a time as this.”
Johnson spent decades in prison for a first-time nonviolent drug offense. Trump commuted her sentence in 2018 and she was released from a federal prison in Alabama that June.
She is now an advocate for criminal justice reform.
Watch her full RNC speech via the YouTube clip above.