Systemic racism? Not a problem. Police brutality? Fixed, according to White House Senior Advisor to the President for Strategic Planning, Jared Kushner, son-in-law of POTUS.
Kushner credited the police with solving racial inequality in the justice system during a White House roundtable discussion with police representatives.
“The law enforcement community heard the cries from the community, saw the injustices in the system that needed to be fixed, and they responded by coming together to fix it, and it’s been a great partnership to do that,” Kushner said.
The president’s son-in-law seemed oblivious and ignorant of the continued nationwide protests against police brutality. He has turned a blind eye to the number of Black people who have been killed by police since the police murder of George Floyd earlier this year, AlterNet reported.
Kushner attacked the protesters during an interview with “Fox & Friends.” He criticized protesters as more concerned with what he called “virtue signaling” than in coming up with “solutions.”
Kushner engaged in a racist stereotype by questioning whether Black Americans “want to be successful” despite everything he claimed Trump has done for them, The New York Times reported.
“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 said. “But he can’t want them to be successful more than they want to be successful.”
Kushner blamed the Black community for dividing the country.
“They’d go on Instagram and cry, or they would put a slogan on their jersey or write something on a basketball court,” Kushner said in an apparent reference to NBA players such as LeBron James, who joined national protests over police brutality. “And quite frankly, that was doing more to polarize the country than it was to bring people forward,” Kushner said. “You solve problems with solutions.”
Kushner’s remarks prompted a scorching response from Rep. Gwen Moore, a Black Democrat from Wisconsin. She tweeted, “Trust fund baby slumlord Kushner who has enriched himself in the WH takes the silver spoon out of his mouth long enough to insert his foot with a racist trope about Black people and success.”
Others also weighed in on Twitter. One user wrote, “If this is what Kushner saying to Black people’s faces, imagine what he says when the cameras are off.”
Others suggested Kushner should look in the mirror. “Jared, whose father is a convicted felon, has a position in the White solely due to marriage and not one single objective qualification. Jared couldn’t even pass the security screening. The lack self realization is astonishing,” one person tweeted.
Another wrote sarcastically, “In fairness, Jared Kushner’s definition of success is using his dad’s name to buy an old office building nobody wants to lease space in and then using the power of his access to the Presidency to get a bailout from corrupt emirs in the Persian Gulf.”
The Democratic National Committee fired back as well.
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“According to the Trump administration, when African Americans find fault in policies that have led to historic unemployment for Black families, an explosion of racial inequities and wealth gaps, and an uncontained global pandemic that has taken the lives of over 45,000 Black Americans, it means that we just don’t want to be successful badly enough,” said Brandon Gassaway, spokesman for the DNC. “This dismissive approach to the issues that Black voters care about is indicative of Trump’s callousness and disregard for the lives of Black people.”
This isn’t the first time Kushner has spoken out against Black America. Earlier this year, Kanye West claimed that Kushner told him, “We don’t have Black leaders, we just have hustlers.”