Jared Kushner Is Not The Right Man For The Job
The First Son-in-Law is qualified to collect rent checks and that’s it. He should not be in charge of any pandemic response
Jared Kushner is a human champagne flute. He should not be running the nation’s coronavirus response. He was raised to play tennis and terrorize waiters who serve the wrong salad dressing.
The president’s 39-year-old son-in-law is not the right man for the job and I want to be clear: the job is saving American lives.
The right man for the job knows what he doesn’t know. He has the confidence to let experts speak freely. The right man for the job chooses his words wisely. More importantly, he knows when to listen. The right man for the job doesn’t want the job but does it anyway. He leads because he has to, not because he wants to pad his resume.
The coronavirus pandemic is a historic public health crisis that has already killed almost 10,000 Americans. Experts predict it will get worse before it gets better. This country is going to need a trustworthy person it can look to during these dark days. America needs a leader.
And I’m sorry but Jared Kushner is not a leader. He’s a sniveler.
The right man for the job is definitely a woman. But that’s another essay, I think. A hopeful one. This essay is about how President Trump’s cheerleaders — his family and friends — don’t have what it takes. Especially Jared, a dork who believes he was born to lead.
These men in the White House aren’t up to the task. They are the wrong men. The right man for the job accepts responsibility for his actions. The right man for the job would accept responsibility for what he does or doesn’t do and never complains. The right man for the job is kind. He is honest. And he never complains. The right man for the job should be able to talk to scientists and grandmas (and grandmothers who are scientists.) He should not squirm when faced with facts.
The right man for the job does not lie. He tells the truth no matter how terrible. But he also believes there is no challenge America can’t meet so long as her citizens remove their heads from their asses.
The President is clearly overwhelmed by the unfolding emergency. His daily briefings are two-act tragicomedies. Act one is him talking about himself, and act two is usually some kind of empty promise or snake oil infomercial, anything to distract from the fact that the most powerful government in the world can’t pull its pants up in the middle of a fire.
These television appearances constitute President Trump’s entire workday. When he’s not performing on the big-screen or Twitter, he’s letting sniveling loyalists from his inner-circle drive infectious disease policy.
The original coronavirus taskforce is being run by Vice President Mike Pence, who once botched an HIV outbreak in Indiana when he was governor, and he is able to answer questions from the press without crying.
But then there’s Jared Kushner. He’s also running a task force, but a shadow one. He’s hiding behind doors, holding secret meetings and sending emails from private accounts to his friends and family.
These two men have no experience in crisis management and are, in fact, butting heads. A capitalist is a romantic who believes the answer to all problems is competition but Pence and Kushner are two dudes fighting over the only oar in the boat.
They’re both pretty inept but at least Pence is consistent. He is clearly trying his best to balance his responsibilities to the task force and kissing his boss’s ass. If I had to bet on one of these two suits saving my life, I’d pick the career evangelical politician.
Mike Pence isn’t really the man for the job but at least he’s not Jared. That guy has the best self-esteem money can buy.
In early March, Kushner was telling his father-in-law that the coronavirus was fake news. But once that simplistic conclusion was proven wrong Kushner sought advice from the father of his brother’s supermodel wife, a doctor, who then turned to his Facebook friends for help.
Kushner also has investments in Oscar Health, a company that Trump picked to produce virus tests. This means my tax dollars — and yours — will one day find their way directly to Kushner’s pockets. I can’t tell him the kid is a fool or a brilliant opportunist or both.
Either way, he’s not the man for the job. Especially an important job.
Jared Kushner is a New York real estate developer who once ran a local newspaper like a hobby. His family famously bought him a Harvard degree and he enjoys wearing stylish, tailored suits. He is the son of a successful real estate developer-turned-ex-con who was convicted of 18 counts of illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion and hiring a prostitute to seduce his sister’s husband in a half-baked attempt to blackmail him as revenge for cooperating with the Feds.
He is also one of the only people who the president seems to trust. After all, they’re both the sons of wealthy slumlords. A pair of princes separated by decades and united by a single woman.
Jared’s arrogance is almost impressive. He thinks he can rebuild America’s failing infrastructure and bring peace to the Middle East. He brags about reading books on topics that have bedeviled the brilliant for decades. Can you imagine boarding a plane and the pilot making the following announcement: “I’ve never flown but I’ve read the manual.”
Jared wants to make history without breaking a sweat. Well, my dude, don’t worry — you’re making history. You’re destined to be a reminder that America’s success is dependent on what you know not who you know.
Modern-day conservatives are make-believe working-class heroes. Mostly, they’re professional middle-aged white men who swoon when they see a pencil-necked Ivy League country club snoot like Jared because he is their top-secret fantasy: a powerbroker with a hot, famous wife. Conservatives are not the men for the job either. If America is to prevail, these soft, angry men must be ignored and forgotten.
The right man or woman or person for the job knows we’re all in this together. He or she or they will know there is no liberty for all if this country is crippled by neglect or hatred. America has only ever been great briefly and the secret to these moments is simple: we followed the ancient commands of our imperfect forefathers, that all men — all people — are created equal.