Thank you for your service, Jared Kushner

      Senior Adviser Pr*ck to the Fake President Pr*ck

(CNN)  by Christopher Michael Cillizza  ( Love his work, he simplifies truth)

Jared Kushner is very good at making news. The bad kind. For the T-RUMP White House, that is.  In a video interview with Time magazine released Tuesday, Kushner, the presidential son-in-law and jack of all trades at the White House, was asked whether there was any scenario he could imagine where the November 3 election would be postponed.

"That's too far in the future to tell," Kushner responded. "Nothing that I'm aware of now, but again, our focus right now is just on getting the country --." Pressed on the matter, Kushner added this:

"It's not my decision to make, so I'm not sure I can commit one way or the other. But right now, that's the plan and again, hopefully, by the time we get to September, October, November, we've done enough work with testing and with all the different things we're trying to do to prevent a future outbreak of the magnitude that would make us shut down again. I really believe that once America opens up, it'll be very hard for America to ever lock down again."

Which, of course, is not “No, the election is going to be on November 3."   And which meant, of course, Kushner needed to issue a correction clarification -- and quickly. "I have not been involved in, nor am I aware of any discussions about trying to change the date of the presidential election," he said in a statement released Wednesday morning.
Clean up on Aisle Kushner!

Here's the thing: Jared Kushner is getting very good at this by now. Because, well, he just keeps saying the wrong things. Let's take a jog down memory lane, shall we?


👺 * “ We’re on the other side of the medical aspect of this,” Kushner said in late April of the COVID-19 pandemic. "We've achieved all the different milestones that are needed. The federal government rose to the challenge, and this is a great success story." At that point, more than 60,000 Americans had died from the disease. As of today, more than 88,000 people have died,with one influential model suggesting that number could reach 147,000 by early August.

👺 * Asked earlier in April why medical supplies from the federal stockpile weren’t being distributed to states that needed them, Kushner responded: "The notion of the federal stockpile was it's supposed to be our stockpile. It's not supposed to be state's stockpiles that they then use." "Ourstockpile," eh? The language on the Strategic National Stockpile website made clear that "when state, local, tribal, and territorial responders request federal assistance to support their response efforts, the stockpile ensures that the right medicines and supplies get to those who need them most during an emergency." In a plot right out of "1984," the language was changed following Kushner's "our stockpile" claim.

👺 * Amid nearly nationwide stay-at-home orders Jared and his wife Ivanka T-RUMP (and their three children) traveled from Washington, DC, to a Trump property in New Jersey to celebrate the first night of Passover. (Earlier in the day, before heading to New Jersey, Ivanka had tweeted: "Tonight we gather for a Passover without precedent. The group might be smaller, and the answer to 'why is this night different' might be unusual. But all across the world we shall sing our songs of freedom and together celebrate renewal.")

👺 As it relates to the idea of postponing the election, the key point here is that no one in the White House has the ability to do so. The date of the general election is governed by federal statute. This one, in particular:

"The Tuesday next after the 1st Monday in November, in every even numbered year, is established as the day for the election, in each of the States and Territories of the United States, of Representatives and Delegates to the Congress commencing on the 3d day of January next thereafter."

Which means that the only way it can be changed is by Congress. And there's NO way that a Democratic-controlled House is going to do that. No. Way.  So, it's a moot point what Kushner thinks about the date of the general election. He has absolutely no say in it. Which is why he shouldn't have engaged in even the most remote speculation about whether the date might change. It won’t.  How will this latest gaffe impact Kushner's standing with Trump? If past is prologue, not at all! 

Following his comments about the “great success story" of coronavirus, Trump called Kushner a "genius."  Which, well, OK. 

Family Life - Scumbags To Scumbirds

T-RUMP has always relied on family -- and family alone -- to guide his professional and political choices. Which means that no matter how many times Kushner puts his foot in his mouth, he’s not likely to lose his prized perch at the right hand of the father-in-law.

(CNN) What is most galling as the nation faces its worse crisis since World War II is how the T-RUMP family keeps demanding recognition for their brilliant work and also our thanks for the catastrophic mess, they have helped land us all in.


  • Jared Kushner, who has fallen upwards throughout his life, inheriting a vast real estate empire and then making one of the worst purchases in the history of Manhattan, which was buying the office building 666 Fifth Avenue for a then-record $1.8 billion in 2007, a lemon which was only finally taken off his hands after his father-in-law became president.

  • So, perhaps it was only fitting that he was awarded the job of shadow secretary of state at the beginning of the T-RUMP administration.  Kushner was in charge of managing the US-China portfolio, a responsibility that drew criticism, given Kushner’s own business interests with China.

  • He also destroyed any vestige of American leadership in the Middle East with his promotion of the reckless Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his sabotage of the two-state solution in Israel.  And the murder of a renowned journalist which has drifted off the screen. 

  • According to officials cited by The New York Times, early on in the Covid-19 crisis, Kushner privately agreed with his father-in-law that this whole COVID-19 thing was being overblown by the “ lame stream” media.  Kushner then championed a new Google site where you could go and get your virus symptoms tested. His father-in-law touted 1,700 Google engineers who were working on the site at a White House news conference in March. If that sounds like a fantasy, it was.

  • And now, Kushner comes to Fox News, the Pravda of the T-RUMP administration, to marvel on Wednesday that the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus is "a great success story," claim that that "we have all the testing we need to start opening the country" and state his hope that "by July, the country's really rocking again."

  • This was when 64,000 Americans lie dead — ( today 88,000)  more than the death toll of the Vietnam War — and more than 1 million ( 1,400,000) have been confirmed to have been infected with the virus with no end in sight. There is widespread agreement among experts that we don’t have the testing capabilities to return to any semblance of normal life and also that a second wave of infections could hit the country badly later in the year. We do not know how many have not been counted.

  • During World War II, the United States had Franklin Delano Roosevelt and George Marshall to navigate us through a crisis that saw the US spend more than a third of its GDP and during which more than 12 million Americans donned military uniforms.

  • Today, we have a completely unreliable President -- anyone can get a coronavirus test, the virus will disappear when the warm weather comes, the list of Trump's whoppers goes on and on and on and on -- and his feckless son-in-law as coronavirus czar prattling on about bringing more private sector efficiency to government. Meanwhile, T-RUMP demands thanks from governors when he is just barely doing his job as president. 

  • This is the kind of thing we expect in a banana republic: the nepotistic incompetence and the demands from the public to lavish praise on the brilliant ruling family.   It would be laughable if there weren’t so many lives lost already and so many more in our future.  So, Jared Kushner, we, the American public, want to thank you for your service.

EDITORS NOTES:  Stay close to President T-RUMP so when the country descends on the WhiteHouse with pitchforks and rope we can hang both you scumbags. Yes, when we hang him, we look forward to sharing the rope with you after him… Scumbags and their associate scumbirds do flock together and deserve the same treatment.  You are a liar, a fraud, and an embarrassment, to the United States of America and do not deserve to live here.

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner don't think the coronavirus rules apply to them

"Tonight we gather for a Passover without precedent," she wrote. "The group might be smaller, and the answer to 'why is this night different' might be unusual. But all across the world we shall sing our songs of freedom and together celebrate renewal."

The sentiment was plain: Even though Ivanka was the daughter of the President of the United States and a senior adviser in the White House, she was still in the same boat as everyone else: Holding a different sort of Passover this year because of the rules that everyone had to follow to stay safe.

Except, well, she wasn't. Later in the day on April 8, Ivanka -- along with her husband and fellow White House top adviser Jared Kushner and their three children -- broke the guidelines against "discretionary travel" by driving from Washington to the Trump hotel in Bedminster, New Jersey, according to The New York Times.

Uh, what?  This is a do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do situation — a classic example of the way in which President Donald Trump (and his brood) have behaved throughout their lives but especially since coming to the White House. 

The message, time and time again, is that the rules are important and everyone needs to follow them -- unless, of course, you are related to Trump, in which case you get to make your own rules.

As Michael D’Antonio, a Trump biographer, wrote way back in December 2016:  "Trump has long used manipulative techniques to get what he wants. These tendencies to shade the truth, break the rules and ignore the damage he does were apparent when he first made himself known as a publicity hound and developer in New York, and they continue to be an essential part of his character....

“Now, as President-elect, Trump believes the standards accepted by other newly elected presidents out of respect for America's political culture don't apply to him."  Rules are, for Trump and his family, things other people need to follow. They are Trumps and, therefore, immune to such pedestrian concerns as following the rules for normal people.

What makes the Passover trip by Ivanka and Jared that much worse is that not only are they flouting the rules that most Americans are working hard to abide by, but they are also doing so even as they project the image that they are making sacrifices just like the rest of us.

I remember that first night of Passover. Scrolling through my Twitter feed there were images everywhere of people Zooming into Seder dinners with loved ones. Because the rules were -- and are -- that staying at home is the best way to fight the spread of the virus and save lives.

The attempt by Ivanka Trump to make common purpose with those people who were making actual sacrifices to adhere to the rules that she and her family were ignoring is something beyond simple hypocrisy. It's downright deceptive.

And it's not all that new for Ivanka Trump. If you follow her on social media -- she's an active presence on Instagram and Twitter -- you immediately get the sense that she is trying to project herself as just an average person. Here she is on a date night with Jared! Here she is wearing a fleece -- and without makeup! 

You get the idea. While her father's brand publicly is being the best at everything -- and not at all like a normal person -- Ivanka is heavily invested in convincing people that she is -- really! seriously! -- not much different than them. Sure, she's got a great job. And she's wealthy. And her dad is President. But really, you and she are actually more alike than you might think!

That's the image. The reality -- as exposed by this Passover trip -- is something far different. Ivanka T-RUMP is actually not all that different from her father, seeing rules as something that are nice for other people but not so much for her and her family.  It’s not a good look.  

EDITORS COMMENTS:  No question her bloodstock is as tainted as her father…

A Rich Schmuck With No Credentials

Does Jared Kushner know anything relevant to his White House role at all? Have any comprehension of the role of a public servant? See a purpose in his life other than elevating himself into ever-higher echelons of wealth and influence?

If you were going by his remarks in a recent interview with Axios, the answer would have to be no.

Kushner sputtered and spun, looking like a little boy dressed up in his father's suit, unable to give a definitive or direct answer to nearly every question asked of him. From abortion rights to Israel, Palestinians to the presidential campaign, Kushner served word salad. It was a rare and jarring look inside the mind of a cipher made suddenly and undeservedly powerful. What we saw:  A whole lot of nothing.

The urgent takeaway: voters cannot squander the nation's upcoming opportunity to restore competence, stature and sanity to the White House.

Kushner’s interview would have been comical if this under qualified senior adviser didn’t have the ear of the leader of the free world, and didn't, absurdly, believe himself the right guy to advise on any number of matters -- including taking over the Middle East peace process.   Holder: T-RUMP knew what he was doing with birtherism claim.

Real Qualifications?  He Married A T-Rump, And A Smart Ass - Kisser

Just when you were wondering whatever happened to Jared Kushner, the White House adviser who got his job because his father-in-law is President, he popped up on an Israeli TV station on Monday to jab at the Democrat who may be on the ballot opposing President Donald Trump in 2020. He said he's been busy cleaning up "the messes" that former Vice President Joe Biden was supposedly responsible for creating related to the Middle East and criminal justice.

Kushner's simplistic take sheds little light on the two issues he named, but illumination was not the point. No soundbite could ever help anyone understand the problems he pointed to. Instead, Kushner was obviously trying to distract us from the worsening impeachment crisis that has enveloped the administration, and to impress the Oval Office occupant.

President Trump, who claims to cherish both family and fighting, should take some comfort in the fact that Kushner snarled. The Trumps have made politics, the presidency, and therefore impeachment, into a family affair and so Jared may feel a duty to perform. However, his comments also remind us that the stickiest aspect of the impeachment crisis involves Biden in a way that reflects very negatively on the Trump side.

Jared Kushner, who was less qualified than anyone except perhaps his wife on the day he was named to a White House post. This is a man who was born into enormous wealth, got into Harvard after his family pledged a $2.5 million donation, and only entered politics when his father-in-law declared he was running for President. 

Kushner's born-on-third-base story of personal success may make him sensitive to any suggestion he has gotten more than he deserves. Biden said as much in an interview aired by the CBS News program 60 Minutes last Sunday. This poke likely inspired Kushner to strike back when he should have passed on the opportunity to draw more attention to the former Vice President. In doing so he may have pleased his father-in-law, but he gave more evidence to those who observe that he lacks the experience and wisdom for the job he holds.

No Talent Just Came From Money, And A Socialite 

Before that, Kushner had achieved little beyond a mediocre academic career, a massive real estate failure via his criminal dad’s company, and the decision to purchase a newspaper — The New York Observer — as a vanity project that he promptly ran into the ground.

This White House is such a pulsating example of unearned privilege (see here, here, here, here and here), that in a nation that prides itself on meritocracy and swears that those who work hard are rewarded, we see that it's also possible to be a rich dolt and still occupy one of the most powerful positions on earth. (In the case of Kushner's father-in-law, whose trajectory of failure and mediocrity landed him in the Oval Office, to occupy what may be the most powerful position on earth.)

Just how ignorant, middling and amoral is Kushner? The Axios interview offers some startling clues. Among them is that he manages to spin his utter incompetence as a good thing.

Asked by Axios' Jonathan Swan to name the thing Trump will be known for in 50 or 100 years, he replied, in part: "What this President did is he represented an outsider who came in, brought in a ton of people who never would've been in Washington before who were not 'qualified' by conventional standards," Kushner said, thus absolving himself of his own pretender status. "And he's brought in a ton of people that have brought great results to this country both economically and from a national security point of view."

TRUTH:  It is true that T-RUMP brought in a great many “Outsiders” who were not qualified for their administration jobs by conventional standards (or any standards, really). His cabinet members and other appointments have been often inept, many of them just seriously inexperienced. Even his ambassadors are the least qualified in living memory.

As a result, America's reputation worldwide has been sullied, we are facing unprecedented attacks on freedom of the press, election interference from a hostile foreign power has gone largely ignored by the administration, and we may be facing a constitutional crisis. Those are not "great results." They are disastrous to our living democracy.

In the Axios interview, Kushner also defended Trump from accusations of racism, saying, "You can't not be a racist for 69 years and then run for president and be a racist." This would be relevant if Trump hadn't been a racist for 69 years, but in fact he has spent significant time and money over the past several decades pushing his racist views.

Recall, for one consequential example (among many), the Justice Department's 1973 crackdown on Trump's real estate organization for screening rental applicants by race (Trump settled the case without admitting wrongdoing). Or Trump’s decision in 1989 to take out a newspaper ad pushing the death penalty after five African American teenagers were accused of rape in Central Park; they were later exonerated, but T-RUMP refused to accept it.

Kushner, of course, knows all about this.  T-RUMP wanted Jared and Ivanka fired, new book claims.   Asked specifically about Trump's promotion of the birther canard about President Obama, Kushner repeatedly refused to answer -- concluding with: "Uh, like I said I was not involved in that. That was a long time ago."

This was par for the course in the interview. When confronted with inconvenient information -- like the fact that Kushner's friend Saudi Prince Mohammed Bin Salman ordered, the CIA has concluded, the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was living in the United States -- Kushner similarly hedged. (What is the administration waiting for to hold Mohammed Bin Salman accountable, he was asked? "I believe that there's a report that they're working on.")

He did the same on the question of whether he supports abortion rights: "I'm here to enforce his (Trump's) positions. His position is the one that as a staffer in the White House will work to push.")

There's an ongoing fiction that those around Trump are keeping this rig afloat, and that even if the President is small-minded and spends his days yelling at the television and tweeting, those around him are ably steering the ship.

The Kushner interview lays bare how false that is. Trump has put sycophants and loyal family members in influential positions over people who actually know what they're doing. The T-RUMP family idiots are the ones at the wheel.

We can't lose our ability to be shocked by how low this floor keeps dropping. And the influence of someone who is simultaneously profoundly clueless and ill-equipped for his job, and yet also self-admiring of his "outsider" status, is dangerous. Experience matters. Knowledge matters. Without it, we simply have a government of know-nothings — advising a President desperately in need of better angels whispering in his ear.

He’s Dangerous To Others

Add to the mix multiple power centers and an insecure, defensive son-in-law whose father was indicted by some of T-RUMPS legal Beagles now.  “Two people close to the transition also said a number of Trump’s most loyal campaign aides have been alarmed by Jared Kushner’s efforts to elbow aside anyone he perceives as a possible threat to his role as Trump’s chief consigliere.”

The picture DRAWN suggests an unhinged president, too many weak aides and an administration that cannot control itself, let alone coverage of its breakdowns. To repeat, nothing much of substance, certainly no major policy defeat, has yet occurred. One shudders to think what will happen when setbacks do occur.

Trump’s inability to acknowledge his own lack of support prompts him to seek refuge in “alternative facts” — to lie to himself and others. The Post reports, “Days after being sworn in, President Trump insisted to congressional leaders invited to a reception at the White House that he would have won the popular vote had it not been for millions of illegal votes … 

Two people familiar with the meeting said Trump spent about 10 minutes at the start of the bipartisan gathering rehashing the campaign. He also told them that between 3 million and 5 million illegal votes caused him to lose the popular vote.” The obsession with replaying the election and concocting a phony excuse for losing the popular vote reminds us that despite mockery for constant lying, Trump cannot help himself. He lies because reality won’t conform to his narcissistic view of the world.

President Trump believes in Kushner’s talents so fiercely and unequivocally that he imagines him capable of out-maneuvering every foreign service officer at the State Department today and every bona-fide diplomat that has come before him.  he will screw up, he did and now talk of lying to Congress...

The second explanation is that the POTUS is thinking about the matter more realistically, and after considering the historical trajectory of America’s quest for a viable Mideast peace deal, has come to the sensible conclusion that his own prospects for success during the next four to eight years range from slim to none. Because he has no real expectation of resolving the conflict during the course of his tenure, he’s decided to get strategic.  Send the son in law.

It now an established fact that Jared Kushner has a problem following instructions and producing documents as requested by Congress.  Another Trump humpless individual, can’t even pass a security test with good reason...

Kessler’s New Book

Claiming his book contains many “juicy tidbits” about the White House, Kessler also said that Trump understands that Ivanka Trump and Kushner are “problems." 

In his book, Kessler writes: "In the end, Jared and Ivanka would push the most disastrous and foolish decisions of Trump's presidency ... they had no understanding of the basic fundamentals of how government works, how a campaign works, how politics works. Most of all, they had no understanding of the political consequences of their actions." 

Kessler told Tapper that the pair "pushed the firing of Comey, which was disastrous," and were instrumental in the hiring of Anthony Scaramucci, the White House's former communications director, which Kessler called "the most absurd hire in the history of the White House." 

But Kessler said that although the President sees the two as "problems," it's unlikely that they, too, will leave the White House because firing family members would be an unusual move for T-RUMP.


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