There are a lot of takeaways from Jared Kushner’s interview with Axios:
I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen someone less prepared for an interview.
This is exactly how an interview should be conducted.
If you can’t say that birtherism wasn’t racist, then you think it was racist.
If you can’t say that Trump’s Muslim ban wasn’t religiously bigoted, then you think it was religiously bigoted.
If you can’t even say that Trump isn’t racist without tripping over your own words, then you probably think Trump is a racist.
We have a brand new definition of “deer-in-the-headlights,” and it’s Jared Kushner.
If I needed someone to defend me in a time of need, Jared Kushner would be the last person I would ever choose.
His arguments also suck.
“I wasn’t part of birtherism” is a stupid reason for refusing to say whether it was racist.
I wasn’t a part of slavery in the United States, but I can say without equivocation that it was racist.
I also wasn’t a part of Jim Crow or the Middle Passage or lynchings in the South, but yes, they were all racist, too.
I also wasn’t a part of birtherism, but yes, that was also racist, Jared.
Also, birtherism wasn’t “a long time ago.” It was less than four years ago when Trump finally acknowledged that President Obama was an American citizen. I know it feels like a long time ago given that there has been a a racist, horny, old burger goblin who literally steals children from poor people in the White House making days seem like weeks and months with his disastrous decision making, but no, four years isn’t “a long time ago.”
“You can’t not be a racist for 69 years and then run for President and be a racist” makes it clear that Kushner nothing about the Central Park Five, Trump’s lies about Muslims celebrating on rooftops on 9/11, or the FBI’s investigation in the 1970s into alleged racial discrimination in the rental of apartments from Trump's real estate company which led to requiring the Trump firm to institute a series of safeguards to make sure apartments were rented without regard to race, color, religion, sex or national origin.
Either he’s unaware or pretending not to know. Either one of these options make him look stupid and ineffective.
The best thing about this interview is how pathetic and useless it makes Kushner appear. For a boy who prides himself on his intelligence, skill, and acumen, he sounds like a bumbling, mealy-mouthed toady.
Apparently all the money in the world can’t wash away your stupidity and cowardice when the television cameras switch on and the questions begin.