When the going gets desperate, Donald Trump puts his son-in-law on camera. That is the only thing that explains Jared Kushner’s appearance in late April, which was hailed as being beyond parody, wherein he ringingly declared that the government response to COVID-19 was “a great success story.” If this epic moment in American history has slipped your mind, or if you thought you must have hallucinated it, no, you did not. We all saw it and heard it, too — but give yourself a break. It’s understandable how somebody could get Kushner mixed up with a bad acid trip. Here’s last month’s foray into the realm of Feel Good Gaslighting for the Masses. (bottom clip)
— Adam Rifkin ???? (@ifindkarma) June 8, 2020
“We’ve achieved all the different milestones that were needed. The federal government rose to the challenge and this is a great success story. And I think that’s really what needs to be told.” That day, as you may recall, 50,000 were already dead and as we speak, that figure has more than doubled, but this was a time of celebration to hear Jared tell it.
“And in terms of the national strategy that you mentioned with Governor Newsome, we’ve been very busy doing. We released the strategy document earlier this week. It was an eight step plan and seven of those steps have been completed. So you can accelerate the levels that needed to be done. A lot of the work is the up front work that’s all been completed and again, we’ve done more tests than any other country in the world, so we’ve got to be doing a lot of things right.”
Now Monday, Jared has taken the exact same propensity for gibberish and double talk and overlaid it onto his newest portfolio task, race relations. We were all assured this afternoon that systemic racism is a thing of the past. Jared fixed it. It was so easy and he just went in and did it and aren’t you glad? One less thing to worry about, as Forrest Gump would have put it.
Kushner: 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 pic.twitter.com/i7Dee03MYu
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) June 8, 2020
“They responded by coming together to fix it, and it’s been a great partnership to do that. Those reforms make our communities safer and have made our system fairer and that’s the kind of action that we’ve been able to accomplish by working together so and what we’ve seen in the past is that the meetings together and the work together doesn’t just result in reports and in nice talking points, it actually results in actual progress and policies that make people’s lives better and make communities safer so it’s an honor to work together and hopefully at this time when there’s a lot of people in the country who are feeling different pain and feeling different concerns, law enforcement can be a leader in coming together and helping us towards working towards bringing solutions which can bring this country forward.”
Kushner filled air for 56 seconds here, but not a bloody thing has been in fact accomplished. This is all hyperbolic tripe.
But, the thing that is interesting about these two diatribes, a month apart, is that in the April clip, Kushner declared the pandemic over and it is anything but and today, Kushner declared an end to 400 years of systemic racism — and when we pick our jaws up off the floor, we’ll tell you what’s up with that.
This is nothing new. Do you recall back in January, 2019, when Mick Mulvaney was on thin ice and the government shutdown was taking place, that Kayleigh McEnany declared that Jared was the only one in government with the requisite “negotiating skills” to solve the shutdown? Or, the crisis in the Middle East? Or the opioid crisis? Or, the pandemic? Or, now systemic racism? Have you been following this? This is sheer madness.
Apparently the term “negotiating skills” is defined in some Republican dictionary on the dark political arts as a cross between sorcery and mass hypnosis, because that’s what Kushner needs to invoke in order to put a lock down on this raging tire fire and every raging tire fire that this administration generates. And.Nothing,Ever.Changes. Except to get worse. But then Jared will come back around and tell you, no, you got it wrong, it’s all actually gotten much better.
Jared Kushner is the gaslighter in chief. It would be a wonderful thing to be a fly on the wall each time a new poll comes out and Kushner explains to Trump how the cratering numbers are really something good and positive. That I long to hear.
Again, we return to George Orwell. Where else is there to go? Other than stark, raving mad?
“The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.”
—George Orwell https://t.co/OhqKrU0PBE
— David Priess (@DavidPriess) July 24, 2018
As much as Kushner lies, he’s the most unpopular member of the Trump klan in polls. So something of the truth about him is filtering through. We need to get this entire corrupt bunch out of Dodge in November. This country ain’t big enough for the both of us, us being America and the Trumps. If we could run ’em out of town on a rail, I’d say put Kushner up there first.
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