Jared Kushner, a White House adviser who just so happens to also be Trump's son-in-law, is spending his Monday being widely criticized after making an appearance on Fox News during which he said some decidedly Fox Newsian things.
"One thing we've seen in a lot of the Black community, which is mostly Democrat, is that President Trump's policies are the policies that can help people break out of the problems that they're complaining about," Kushner, whose father served time in federal prison for illegal campaign contributions and other charges, said during a Fox & Friends broadcast. "But he can't want them to be successful more than they want to be successful."
While the implications of Kushner's comments are quite clear, the backlash inspired by the clip prompted White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany to quickly share a statement to the Hill and others attempting to characterize the criticism as an effort to "distract from President Trump's undeniable record of accomplishment for the Black community."
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Kushner's comments arrive shortly before the 2020 election, which—per recent polls—shows the Joe Biden and Kamala Harris ticket holding a massive lead over Trump and Pence among Black voters.
And though Kushner has virtually never been in good favor among anyone who isn't a Republican, his comments this week—namely his characterization of Americans as having been "complaining" about key issues—fittingly drew the level of ire typically reserved for his father-in-law:
Jared Kushner, who has repeatedly criticized BLM protests, did it again today and said this about black people and President Trump: “He can’t want them to be successful more than they want to be successful.”
A story worth reading. https://t.co/e4BKwM6QAy
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) October 26, 2020
Of this I am certain: The average Black person in this country puts in more work by noon than Jared Kushner puts in the whole damn day. https://t.co/exYSJZ6pAp
— Hakeem Jefferson (@hakeemjefferson) October 26, 2020
You have to hand it to Jared Kushner, because that's the only way he's ever achieved or accomplished anything his whole life.
— Josh Gondelman (@joshgondelman) October 26, 2020
Born on third base, thinks he hit a triple. Few in US history have been given as much wealth or power without having to earn a thing as Jared Kushner. His father-in-law gave him the position he is failing at miserably, with deadly consequences. We will remember his casual racism. https://t.co/V8pZxFsfow
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) October 26, 2020
You cannot blame Jared Kushner for holding antiquated opinions because he is the ghost of a sickly Victorian child and therefore a product of his time. Have some sympathy for the poor, undead, racist ghoul. Honestly.
— R. Eric Thomas (@oureric) October 26, 2020
Jared Kushner is a trust fund baby, and his family has a net worth of $1,800,000,000. https://t.co/UdMzDaalnn
— Public Citizen (@Public_Citizen) October 26, 2020
Jared Kushner is a condescending douchebag. https://t.co/J8y3KzDxtJ
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) October 26, 2020
worth noting that “they just don’t want to work” has been in the racist’s bag of rhetorical tricks since the moment the ink was dry on the thirteenth amendment https://t.co/lrIJJA4fyU
— b-boy boooo-eebaisse (@jbouie) October 26, 2020
Jared Kushner can kiss my black ass. I work close to 50 hours a week. I have four college degrees and I'm working on my Masters. And you know what? I did all that by myself. Nobody freakin' held my hand. I did it. We are not children. We can take care of ourselves. Take a seat.
— KT (@sloyoroll01973) October 26, 2020
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