Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ripped into White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and President Trump’s son-in-law on Wednesday after he told a reporter he couldn’t “commit one way or the other” when asked if there was a chance the presidential election could be postponed past November 3 due to the pandemic.
“It’s not my decision to make, so I’m not sure I can commit one way or the other,” Kushner said.
“Hopefully by the time we get to September, October, November, we’ve done enough work with testing and with all the different things we’re trying to do to prevent a future outbreak of the magnitude that would make us shut down again. I really believe that once America opens up, it’ll be very hard for America to ever lock down again,” Kushner added.
When asked if there was a chance the presidential election could be postponed past November 3 due to the pandemic, Jared Kushner said that isn’t his decision. “I’m not sure I can commit one way or the other, but right now that’s the plan” https://t.co/cyqN8VpHbk #TIME100Talks pic.twitter.com/SrzDbUAcwz
— TIME (@TIME) May 12, 2020
Clinton responded on Wednesday, sharing a link to a New York Times article reporting on Kushner’s remarks.
“I can’t believe I have to write this sentence, but the president’s son-in-law doesn’t get to decide when the election is,” she tweeted.
I can’t believe I have to write this sentence, but the president's son-in-law doesn't get to decide when the election is. https://t.co/7CrpHny6TF
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 13, 2020
Her tweet came after Kushner had sought to clarify his comments in a follow-up statement on Wednesday.
“I have not been involved in, nor am I aware of, any discussions about trying to change the date of the presidential election,” he said, according to multiple news outlets on Wednesday.
Conservative political commentator Bill Kristol tweeted: “Kushner’s statement reveals amazing ignorance of the Constitution and law. It reveals startling arrogance in taking for granted he gets to have some say about when the election is held.”
Kushner’s statement reveals amazing ignorance of the Constitution and law. It reveals startling arrogance in taking for granted he gets to have some say about when the election is held. It also reveals an utter lack of understanding of his very subordinate role in our democracy. https://t.co/3omqhZYNsM
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) May 13, 2020
Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, tweeted that asking Kushner such a question was “an insult to the rule of law.”