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Jared Kushner defends Trump

Must-read op-ed.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 7, 2016 at 11:31 am

Posted in Politics

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  1. Come on. Wake up and smell the coffee. This is not the first time that Trump has retweeted something offensive that originated on white supremacist sites and twitter feeds.

    Jared Kushner: “I tell people that Donald Trump is a Rorschach test. People see in him what they want to see—if they dislike his politics, they might see other things they dislike, such as racism. If they like his politics, they might imagine they’re hearing “dog whistles.””

    So is Jared Kushner saying that Donald Trump is dog whistling racism to his supporters?

    Come, the whole idea of “dog whistling” is that only dogs can her the sound. If people who dislike his politics hear the sound of racism, it is not a dog whistle and that is exactly what his supporters like.

    Mike CA

    July 7, 2016 at 11:53 am

    • Trump doesn’t need to dog whistle to what’s a tiny group of people and that’s not what he’s trying to do. Trump is just clueless and ornery.

      • Lion, I think you are fooling yourself here about this “tiny group of people.” A tiny group of people can be very influential. Isn’t that what the )))like-minded((( folks are always saying?

        Trump just mentioned Frozen. Sailer mentioned Frozen yesterday and it was probably on all the other )))like-minded((( sites LOL yesterday. Comparing an anti-Semitic image to frozen is an excuse so flimsy it beggars all belief. But that’s not my point: he’s taking cues from the )))like-minded.((( It’s pretty open now. His campaign is going to devolve into a Gotterdamerung between the crazies and the ones like Stephen Miller, patriots who want to get things done. I predict the crazies will win.

        Explanation: )))like-minded((( means whatever you think it means. It’s a dog whistle.


        July 7, 2016 at 1:08 pm

      • Come, the whole idea of “dog whistling” is that only dogs can her the sound.

        He’s not anti-semitic, he’s reckless.

        If he really had bias against Jews he wouldn’t have so many Jewish advisers like his son-in-law (wouldn’t have objected to his daughter marrying a Jew if he felt that way?), or Larry Kudlow or Stephen Miller.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        July 7, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    • Trump has zero intent to be racist. Therefore, like Clinton, Trump should not be charged.


      July 7, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    • That paragraph you quote simply doesn’t make any sense. If people see what they want to see then people that like his politics wouldn’t see anything negative and wouldn’t be imagining dog whistles.


      July 7, 2016 at 9:10 pm

  2. Really an uncommonly powerful and eloquent statement. Bravo. His Harvard education coming through.

    Sagi Is My Guru

    July 7, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    • “I tell people that Donald Trump is a Rorschach test. People see in him what they want to see—if they dislike his politics, they might see other things they dislike, such as racism. If they like his politics, they might imagine they’re hearing “dog whistles.””

      Since its so well written can you explain to me what that means?


      July 7, 2016 at 5:36 pm

      • Mea culpa. You are right. That section is literally meaningless. But the rest is good!

        Sagi Is My Guru

        July 7, 2016 at 7:48 pm

      • He doesn’t mention immigration. The fact is that of all the charges against Trump him being an antisemite is the stupidest. It’s not the hardest thing in the world to argue against.


        July 7, 2016 at 9:11 pm

  3. By describing his family’s Holocaust story, Jared is making the explicit point that calling Trump’s silly retweets “anti-Semitic” is ridiculous.

    I wonder, though, if he isn’t also _implicitly_ trying to tell Jewish journalists that the alt-right’s tweets aren’t that big a deal either. They’ve complained that this op-ed doesn’t address the fact that “Trump encourages anti-Semitism in others even if he personally isn’t” – but maybe it does.


    July 7, 2016 at 12:51 pm

  4. I skimmed that yesterday. I agree with Kushner that Trump is a Rorschach test. People see their own fears and desires in him.

    In my opinion, Trump’s primary motivation is putting America’s interests first i.e. economics, national security, etc. You can go back through 30 years of interviews and quotes and that’s what he’s been consistent and outspoken on. Trade deficits and illegal immigration threaten both. Anyone who tries to read more into Trump’s positions than that is deluding themselves. I don’t think he really cares about most of the other issues people squabble over. Then, again, my primary interests are economics and national security. So maybe I’m deluding myself as well?


    July 7, 2016 at 1:13 pm

  5. Trump’s just aggressively ignorant and stubborn. A normal person would just admit the retweet was an innocent mistake. The whole thing reminds me of Palin’s “blood libel” comment; she didn’t understand the reference. She was just repeating what she’s heard other people say.


    July 7, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    • Sounds like what Republicans always do. And what else do Republicans always do….lose!

      Andrew E.

      July 7, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    • Apologies show weakness. Fighting back shows strength. Doesn’t matter who’s right or wrong. Much of politics is perception. And perception has real world consequences.


      July 7, 2016 at 9:02 pm

  6. Meh. It’s in his best interest to speak kindly of Trump. Confirmation bias.

    I love my pets

    July 7, 2016 at 2:53 pm

  7. Otis the Sweaty

    July 7, 2016 at 3:09 pm

  8. Speaking of encouraging anti-Semites, some black Democrat namedropped the Daily Stormer during a Clinton hearing:


    July 7, 2016 at 5:26 pm

  9. It fails the old “ctrl-f: immig” test


    July 7, 2016 at 5:39 pm

  10. Sorry, I don’t really see the full horror of the red star. Mexicans chasing and beating Trump supporters, that’s hardcore la razism we should be concerned about. This is just media masturbation. FBI? Hillary who?

    A good friend of mine, who I thought knew better, after the latest outrages actually told me “well, what do you expect after Trump’s rhetoric?” So the struggle, it seems, goes ever on. I’ll make him a Trump voter yet.


    July 7, 2016 at 6:24 pm

  11. I think the vast majority of Trump supporters are not anti-Semitic. In fact many of them really like Israel. However, a goodly portion of them might be somewhat racist towards Blacks and most of them don’t like Muslims. They don’t like Blacks because of crime, welfare, etc. and they don’t like Muslims because some Muslims want to kill us and we can’t tell the killer Muslims from the other. And let’s face it Islam has some major problems.

    Steve Sailer and his commentators seem to be anti Semitic.

    A few of the commentators at the frankly racist site are antisemetic , but I wouldn’t say the majority. They definitely don’t like Blacks or Muslims. Sometimes commentators argue against the anti semitic commentators.

    The site is anti-Obama and pro-Trump and pro-gun. There are a lot of anti Black and especially anti Muslim commentators there. But they like conservative Blacks and they like Israel. I’ve never seen antisemitic comments there. I think a lot of Trump supporters would fit in at this site.

    There are a lot of other sites that specialize in being anti-jihad. They are generally conservative but definitely not anti semitic. I would say the anti-Jihad movement tends to be pro-Israel and pro-Trump. It is a big movement. People are just tired of Muslims blowing shit up and making demands for special treatment and special food etc. There is a lot more tolerance for special food for Jews, for example, because Jews don’t go around killing people and sucking social services dry the way Muslims do (at least in Canada).

    In general people have no motive to be anti Semitic. Jews aren’t causing problems the way Muslims and Blacks are.


    July 7, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    • Ultra-Religious Jews abuse welfare programs in America.

      Of course, Jews aren’t as bad as the other 2 groups, who are economically more disadvantaged. blacks are a perpetual problem, and Muslims have become a recent one!!!


      July 7, 2016 at 9:44 pm

      • It is true that ultra-religious Jews abuse welfare.

      • There just aren’t very many Jews in the world. Furthermore Jews don’t try to convert people and aren’t causing wars that cause violent, illiterate Jewish refugees to flood first world countries. . Muslims, on the other hand, have a mission to convert everyone in the world and force them to follow sharia law. Muslim refugees (rapefugees) are flooding into Europe. France is 10% Muslim and has soldiers in he streets to try to keep the peace.

        There are only 16 million Jews in the world. There are 100 times that many Muslim: 1.6 billion and they are growing fast and spreading all around the world. They create problems where ever they go. The US is only about 1% Muslim but they are increasing rapidly by having large families and immigrating. It is predicted that there will be more Muslims than Jews in the US by 2050.


        July 8, 2016 at 12:06 am

    • And it does make sense that you live in a small, parochial Canadian town, which of course, is Anglophone and boring to say the least.

      Montreal does not have any serious problems with Muslims.


      July 7, 2016 at 10:25 pm

      • “Montreal does not have any serious problems with Muslims.”

        Give it time.


        July 8, 2016 at 12:03 am

      • There are 1/2 million Muslims in New York City, Lion’s hometown. I would expect a lot more terrorist activities making the headlines.


        July 8, 2016 at 8:34 am

  12. Testing to make sure I haven’t been banned (a comment I sent yesterday hasn’t been posted)


    July 8, 2016 at 6:53 am

    • If the comment was about “the Jews” maybe that’s why it was removed.

      • It was about Israel — I’m very pro-Israel and half-Jewish and actually a lapsed convert to Orthodox Judaism — just responding to Trump’s good-hearted remark (reported by Kushner) about “100% protecting” Israel with the (humorously intended) suggestion that Netanyahu affirm Israel’s commitment to protecting America (more or less).


        July 8, 2016 at 8:35 am

      • It’s not Netanyahu’s job to protect the United States, but I am sure he would lend support to any American military operations in the Middle East if we requested his help, which we never do because we don’t want the Muslims to think we are cooperating with the Jews.

        We spend a huge amount of money protecting South Korea from North Korea, but what do we expect from the leadership of South Korea in return? Why is Netanyahu held to a different standard?

      • Garr is not saying Israel owes America a debt. He’s just saying in a jokey way that Israel is good at defending itself, so Trump’s comment about protecting Israel, although well-intentioned, isn’t entirely on target.


        July 8, 2016 at 9:25 am

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