Presidential son-in-law and Trump Sr adviser, Jared Kushner, appeared to shift blame for Black Americans’ disproportionate lack of wealth, job opportunities, health disparities and other inequalities on a lack of drive
Speaking Monday on Fox and Friends, Kushner suggested that the root cause of inequities in social and economic opportunities is that Black Americans don’t “want” success enough
Kushner said Black people must ‘want to be successful’
Trump’s policies “can help people break out of the problems that they’re complaining about”
“He can’t want them to be successful more than they want to be successful,” Kushner told Fox, referring to Black people
Kushner, who is married to Trump’s oldest daughter Ivanka, another presidential adviser, also criticized prominent people who raised their voices after the killing of George Floyd
Floyd, a Black man, died in police custody earlier this year leading to global protests to end race based brutality by police
President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner described Black America’s issues with inequality and racism in the country as “complaining,” during an interview Monday on “Fox & Friends.”
“The thing we’ve seen in the Black community, which is mostly Democrat,” he said, “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.”
Senior presidential adviser Kushner said Monday that President Donald
Kushner, who is married to Trump’s oldest daughter Ivanka, another presidential adviser, also criticized prominent people who raised their voices after the killing of George Floyd, a Black man who died in police custody, but then didn’t follow through and work to find ways to improve the lives of Black people in America.
“You saw a lot of people who were just virtue signaling — they go on Instagram and cry, or they would, you know, put a slogan on their jersey or write something on a basketball court,” Kushner said.
“Quite frankly, that was doing more to polarize the country than it was to bring people forward. You solve problems with solutions.”
Kushner appeared to shift blame for Black Americans’ disproportionate lack of wealth, job opportunities, health disparities and other inequalities on a lack of drive, suggesting the problem is that Black Americans don’t “want” success enough.
However, his comments which do not address the roots of systemic racism prompting Democratic National Committee National Press Secretary Brandon Gassaway, to issue a statement that decried “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”.
More Black leaders reacted to Kushner’s words on Monday with Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., accusing Kushner of “casual racism.”
Former Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile wrote on Twitter: “He’s talking to folks who have suffered and endured systemic racism and historic tokenism.”
Gassaway in his statement said, “We cannot afford another four years of a White House that does not take our voices seriously and tells us to be grateful for whatever scraps are leftover from the bargaining table,”
“We need leaders who not only value our input but prioritize and act upon it. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are those leaders, and Black voters will continue to show up to the polls in record numbers to ensure that Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, and this failed administration get the message,” Gassaway concludes.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended Kushner, saying that “internet trolls” took Kushner’s words out of context. She said they were trying to distract from Trump’s “undeniable record of accomplishment” for Black people.
Trump, who has been trying to appeal to the Black community, has been promoting his attempts to set up economic opportunity zones, provide steady funding for historically Black colleges and universities, and institute criminal justice reforms.