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The days of putting on evening dress and mouse ears and appearing at the chic parties, such as the Metropolitan Museum All Hallow’s Eve Gala, where Javanka used to be a fixture but this year were conspicuously absent, are behind them now. Jared has complained about his “exfoliation” by his former friends, whom he described as “people of no character.” Birds of a feather? Vanity Fair:

Despite anti-nepotism laws and looming conflicts of interests, the couple quickly determined that they would re-route their ambitions through the White House, impervious to any sort of significant public-relations setback. They benefited from both clever legal maneuvering and an American public so paralyzed by the thought of a President Trump that it could countenance the prospect of two political neophytes entering the inner sanctum of American government. Among a motley crew of Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller, Jeff Sessions, and Mike Flynn, they didn’t merely seem moderating—they seemed human. Even if they were ambitious, inexperienced creatures of privilege, so the argument went, they were at least a secure line for the liberals they left behind in their globalist cuckocracy—the world of the All Hallows’ Eve benefit, the Met, the Upper East Side they left behind. […]

Washington has been both an unimaginable opening and a kick to the stomach. It is clear now, though, as their anniversary in the swamp dawns, that an eventual return to New York may not be more appealing. Their social circle has shifted, real-estate prospects are waning, and widespread negativity awaits. (It is also unclear if Ivanka’s invitations from Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to speak about women’s issues as a guest in their countries will still pour in if Robert Mueller’s investigation turns up something real.) […]

During the weekend before Mueller’s first indictments were unsealed, three sources who spoke to Kushner or were familiar with his conversations told me that he worked the phones asking about whether they thought the investigation would amount to anything. “They’re in a world of shit,” one of the people close to the family told me. “He may seem cool, but he’s sweating, and she’s like her father. She’ll never acknowledge it and [will] blame the media. But she’s been working on her reputation forever, and now it’s going to suffer horrifically. And for what?”

So they could scheme and grift beyond their wildest imaginings. So that they could sell the country out to Russia and make a profit. So that they could sell visas to the Chinese and bail out the 666 building. So that…ad nauseum.

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