White House senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerKushner: Black Americans have to ‘want to be successful’ Lincoln Project attorney on billboards lawsuit threat: ‘Please peddle your scare tactics elsewhere’ Biden pushes back on Trump: ‘Crass’ to go after political rival’s children MORE sparked backlash from Democrats on Capitol Hill after he said on Monday that Black Americans had to “want to be successful” in order for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump admin to announce coronavirus vaccine will be covered under Medicare, Medicaid: report Election officials say they’re getting suspicious emails that may be part of malicious attack on voting: report McConnell tees up Trump judicial pick following Supreme Court vote MORE’s economic policies to work more effectively.
“Jared Kushner is the face of white privilege and nepotism. He doesn’t want to change our racist, broken system because he benefits from it,” Rep. Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeeOcasio-Cortez, progressives call on Senate not to confirm lobbyists or executives to future administration posts Democrats accuse tech companies of deceitful tactics in campaign against Calif. ballot measure Congress fiddles while the US burns, floods, and ails MORE (D-Calif.) said in a tweet shortly after his comments. “He’s the last person that should be lecturing the Black community on the value of ‘hard work.’”
Rep. Gwen MooreGwen Sophia MooreLawmakers urge IRS to get stimulus payments to domestic violence survivors Texas Democrat: US natural gas vital in transition to renewables The Hill’s Convention Report: Democratic National Convention kicks off virtually MORE (D-Wis.) was more forceful.
“Trust fund baby slumlord Kushner who has enriched himself in the WH takes the silver spoon out of his mouth long enough to insert his foot with a racist trope about Black people and success,” Moore tweeted.
Rep. Cedric RichmondCedric Levon RichmondThe Hill’s Morning Report – Sponsored by Facebook – Trump combative, Biden earnest during distanced TV duel Cedric Richmond’s next move: ‘Sky’s the limit’ if Biden wins Democrats preview strategy on Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings this week MORE (D-La.) denounced Kushner’s comments as ignorant and a display of “white privilege” during an interview on CNN.
Richmond also said Kushner’s comments were “to be expected coming from this White House,” while pointing to directives issued from the Trump administration in recent weeks that banned training involving race and sex-based discrimination and teachings of so-called “divisive concepts” for executive departments and agencies, the U.S. military, federal contractors and federal grant recipients.
“This whole thought that the president could want success for Black people more than Black people is just consistent ignorance coming out of the White House,” Richmond said.
Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) accused Kushner of “casual racism” over the comments saying: “Born on third base, thinks he hit a triple. Few in US history have been given as much wealth or power without having to earn a thing as Jared Kushner.”
“His father-in-law gave him the position he is failing at miserably, with deadly consequences,” he said, referring to President Trump.
Former President Obama also added fuel to the political firestorm on Tuesday while delivering remarks at drive-in rally for Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenDemocrats warn GOP will regret Barrett confirmation Trump campaign eyes election night party at his sold-out DC hotel Harris blasts GOP for confirming Amy Coney Barrett: ‘We won’t forget this’ MORE in Florida.
“Who are these folks? What history books do they read? Who do they talk to?” he said, before also taking aim at Trump’s long-repeated claim that he has done more for the African American community than any president since Abraham Lincoln.
The comments made by Kushner came during an interview on Fox News on Monday. In the interview, Kushner said that “one thing we’ve seen in a lot of the Black community, which is mostly Democrat, 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,” he continued.
The White House has sought to defend Kushner as he has drawn considerable backlash on social media over the comments. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said “internet trolls” took the senior adviser’s comments “out of context” to “distract from President Trump’s undeniable record of accomplishment for the Black community.”
The comments by Kushner come amid efforts by the Trump campaign in recent months to drive support among Black voters in a bid to shed some of the strong momentum his opponent, Biden, has seen from the key bloc this year ahead of what some polls are showing is shaping up to be a tight race on Election Day.
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