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Yes, Jared Kushner, Life Does Feel Like a 'Success' Right Now


Trump and his bumbling son-in-law are here to tell you everything is just great.

Referring to the Trump administration's response to COVID-19, the son-in-law of Kim Jong Un -- I'm sorry, I confused the nepotistic autocrats -- Donald Trump, had this to say during an appearance on Korean Central Television -- oops again, confusing that with another state-run broadcasting network, Fox News:

"...this is a great success story. And I think that that's really, you know, what needs to be told."

Jared Kushner, the purveyor of phoniness, the sleaziest of slumlords, the ill-advised of investors and the ruin of real estate, has zero credibility when it comes to gauging a success story. In his wolf-in-sheep's clothing looks, his non-blinking vacuous stare, and his monotone speech, Kushner prophesized and painted-over about his father-in-law's disastrous and destructive response to a pandemic that has killed over 60,000 Americans.

How can anything that felled more victims than the Vietnam War be described as "...a great success story?" Moreover, how can anyone with the background of Kushner be the deliverer of that egregiously false pronouncement?

Kushner has failed at real estate, media, investments and just about everything he's laid his hands on. He's a lot like his father-in-law in that regard, and he's also not above fudging the facts and looking out for his own self-interest. Like Trump, Kushner's dad gave him the money and the boost to succeed -- in both cases to fail -- and daddy-in-law Trump, breaking protocols, best practices, and security clearances provided the un-golden boy Jared a seat inside the White House.

Depending on who you believe, Trump has put Kushner in charge of just about everything, or Kushner has inserted himself into all things advantageous to Kushner Companies. However, it's the latest power-grab, Kushner's role in the COVID-19 debacle that should really make anyone questions why he's there, and why in God's name anyone would listen to him?

According to an expose in Vanity Fair, White House insiders said Kushner was "de facto president" and played a key role in the administration's pathetic response to the pandemic, and because money means more than lives, Kushner was responsible for delaying coronavirus closures. From the sound of the article, and all else that has been written and said about the First Son-in-Law, he has no heart, and you wonder why the White House has been tone deaf to people's suffering?

Consider this: according to the article, a New York business executive purportedly said, "I told Jared that if Trump won a second term, he wouldn't have to worry about running again and you (Kushner) can really help people. Jared just looked at me and said, 'I don't care about any of that."

If you've seen Episode 3 of the Netflix docuseries Dirty Money, you'll find out all you need to know about the cold-hearted Kushner, but honestly, the comments about "..success story" and "I don't care..." sum it all up.

On a day when more than three million more Americans went on unemployment assistance, when we crossed the 60,000 mark of coronavirus fatalities, when we learned that 80 percent of COVID-19 hospitalized patients in Georgia are African-American, when Fed Chief Jerome Powell said that we will see economic data for the second quarter that is worse than any data we've seen for the economy, we have Kushner rewriting history, just like he's rewritten his own.

But honestly, Kushner doesn't even care if it's anything less than "...a great success story."

Well, Americans are smarter than Kushner, and they know he's not speaking for them, and that he speaks from a gilded perch, out of touch with anyone affected by this crisis.

It's probably fitting that Trump has his silver-tongued son-in-law out making wildly inaccurate, inappropriate, and inept assessments of the administration's putrid handling of this "...great success story." The married-into apple doesn't fall far from the decayed tree.

Kushner is Trump, Jr., more than Trump, Jr. His ambitions only bested by his ego. Both Trump and his Mini-Me insert themselves where they're not wanted, show less empathy than a rock, and lie, cheat, and steal all in the name of showering themselves with glory and riches.

While Kushner was busy implanting himself into everything from Middle East "peace," government reform, opioid crisis management, Chinese and Mexican policy, and now front and center on COVID-19, his father-in-law -- who also has zero government and zero medical experience -- appointed himself in-charge of "Operation Warped-Speed." That's the name of the project to accelerate the vaccine for COVID-19. "You know who is in charge of it, honestly? I am," Trump said "But I think probably, more than anything, I'm in charge."

What's more reassuring to you, Kushner's assessment that this all is "...a great success story" or Trump being in charge of the most crucial medical research and development of our time?

Neither should be comforting from two men who are less than comforting. It seems Trump has pushed Kushner out to start to tell a tall, revisionist and less than bolstering tale that all is great, there is no strife, no suffering, no death; all of those mere specked clouds on the Trump/Kushner portrait of a sunny day in the park.

So, while we are prohibited from going to parks, stranded in our homes, waiting in line for food banks, trying frantically to apply for unemployment, shuttering up our shops and restaurants, clamoring for the last rolls of toilet paper, forced to eat canned beans instead of meat, dipping into the last dollars and cents of our savings, and enduring unimaginable hospitalizations and deaths, just remember that Jared Kushner told you that this is all "...a great success story."

JohnCasey is a PR professional and an adjunct professor at Wagner College in New York City, and a frequent columnist for The Advocate. Follow John on Twitter @johntcaseyjr.

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John Casey is a senior editor of The Advocate, writing columns about political, societal, and topical issues with leading newsmakers of the day. John spent 30 years working as a PR professional on Capitol Hill, Hollywood, the United Nations and with four large U.S. retailers.
John Casey is a senior editor of The Advocate, writing columns about political, societal, and topical issues with leading newsmakers of the day. John spent 30 years working as a PR professional on Capitol Hill, Hollywood, the United Nations and with four large U.S. retailers.