Jared Kushner implies Black people don’t want to be successful as he defends Trump
Kushner's comments, in an interview on Fox, seemed to say that Black people didn't want to work for success and that people who mourned George Floyd were 'virtue signaling'
Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner is receiving some backlash after an appearance on Fox News where he made a statement about the Black community.
During an interview with Fox & Friends on Monday the senior advisor to Trump implied Black people choose not to be successful.
“The thing we’ve seen in the Black community, which is mostly Democratic,” said Kushner, “is that President Trump’s policies are the policies that can help people break out of the problems that they’re complaining about, but he can’t want them to be successful more than they want to be successful.”
After Kusher’s comments aired, Twitter responded furiously, making Kushner a trending topic almost immediately.
One user said: “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 online criticism included a rebuke from George Floyd family attorney Benjamin Crump who called his comments ‘blatant disrespect.’
Kushner also said that those who mourned and/or posted about Floyd’s death were ‘virtue signaling’ and doing more to polarize the country.
After the clip aired, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany released a statement obtained by NBC, where she says internet trolls blew the statement out of proportion.
“It’s disgusting to see internet trolls taking Senior Advisor Jared Kushner out of context as they try to distract from President Trump’s undeniable record of accomplishment for the Black community,” she said. “From criminal justice reform and record HBCU funding to record low Black unemployment and record high income increases, there is simply no disputing that President Trump accomplished what Democrats merely talked about. Those who have worked with President Trump have seen success on these joint objectives, unlike with previous failed Democrat politicians.”
In fact, as The Associated Press reported in June, Trump has greatly exaggerated his impact on the economy for African-Americans. Employment figures for African-Americans were up in 2019, but the report says but mostly due to the efforts of the Obama administration. And African American median income was actually greater when Obama was in office.
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