White House senior advisor Jared Kushner said on Monday that Black people in the US who are “complaining” about all their problems had to “want to be successful” for them to benefit from President Trump’s policies.
“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,” Kushner said during a “Fox & Friends” interview.
“But he can’t want them to be successful more than they want to be successful,” he added.
The president’s son-in-law, who was born into wealth and had no experience in politics before Trump tapped him to be a top advisor in the White House, continued: “What you’re seeing throughout the country now is a groundswell of support in the Black community, because they’re realizing that all the different bad things that the media and the Democrats have said about President Trump are not true, and so they’re seeing that he’s actually delivered.”
The latest Gallup polling found the president’s approval rating among Black Americans at 12%. And Black Americans have overwhelmingly backed former Vice President Joe Biden in the 2020 election.
Jared Kushner on the Black community: "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 that they want to be successful." pic.twitter.com/SX9vWiAfag
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 26, 2020
During the “Fox & Friends” interview, Kushner also suggested that divisions plaguing the US were a result of celebrities and others “virtue signaling” after the May 25 police killing of George Floyd spurred nationwide protests over racism and police brutality.
“You saw a lot of people who were just virtue signaling,” he said. “They would go on Instagram and cry, or put a slogan on their jersey or write something on a basketball court, and quite frankly that was doing more to polarize the country than it was to bring people forward.”
Twitter users ripped Kushner’s hypocritical lecture to Black Americans:
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) October 26, 2020
Of this I am certain: The average Black person in this country puts in more work by noon than Jared Kushner puts in the whole damn day. https://t.co/exYSJZ6pAp
— Hakeem Jefferson (@hakeemjefferson) October 26, 2020
Closing message of "People crying after watching a human being slowly killed on camera were faking it for likes" is another interesting move https://t.co/7h7cLqsy0K
— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) October 26, 2020
Jared Kushner – son and husband of privilege – has a message for the black community: You would have more wealth if you just wanted it more. pic.twitter.com/2zL2tgQgfi
— Jason Kander (@JasonKander) October 26, 2020
Jared Kushner speaks as if Black people are lazy complainers who don't want to be successful. This blatant DISRESPECT shows he has NO understanding of the Black community and its challenges that have spanned centuries. You can't "fix" these problems from this level of ego. pic.twitter.com/fmILMVbrzY
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) October 26, 2020
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. We will remember his casual racism. https://t.co/V8pZxFsfow
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) October 26, 2020
This coming from the guy whose family has made a fortune in low income housing and gouging tenants with ridiculous " service fees" and " late rent fees " that keep their tenants perpetually broke
And with Kushner's so called " oppurtunity zones", those problems will explode
— jimmy craig (@threepeaksexp) October 26, 2020
Jared Kushner: There is a “ground swell” of support for Pres Trump among black voters.
Fact: Black voters remain an overwhelmingly Democratic-leaning constituency, but a notable reduction in their support could be a problem for Joe Biden.
Read this: https://t.co/XtA7XxV0ZD
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) October 26, 2020