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November 22, 2016 12:51 pm

Donald Trump’s Jewish Son-in-Law Defends President-Elect: You Can’t Not Be an Antisemite for 69 Years, Then Suddenly Become One

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Jared Kushner. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Jared Kushner. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

In a Forbes interview published on Tuesday, Jared Kushner — the Orthodox Jewish 35-year-old son-in-law of  Donald Trump — strongly defended the president-elect from allegations of antisemitism and racism.

“You can’t not be a racist for 69 years, then all of a sudden become a racist, right?” Kushner — who served as a close adviser to Trump during the presidential campaign — was quoted as saying. “You can’t not be an antisemite for 69 years and all of a sudden become an antisemite because you’re running.”

Referring to the backing Trump received from white supremacists and neo-Nazis, Kushner noted, “Trump has disavowed their support 25 times. He’s renounced hatred, he’s renounced bigotry, and he’s renounced racism. I don’t know if he could ever denounce them enough for some people.”

Kushner also vouched for Stephen Bannon, who has been appointed to serve as Trump’s chief strategist and senior counselor. As reported by The Algemeiner, the appointment of Bannon has drawn controversy due to his past role as chairman of Breitbart News — a conservative website that critics accuse of fostering antisemitism and racism.

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“Do you hold me accountable for every single thing that the Observer’s ever written, like they came from me?” Kushner — publisher of the New York Observer — was quoted as saying. “All I know about Steve is my experience working with him. He’s an incredible Zionist and loves Israel. He was one of the leaders in the anti-divestiture campaign. And what I’ve seen from working together with him was somebody who did not fit the description that people are pushing on him. I choose to judge him based on my experience and seeing the job he’s done, as opposed to what other people are saying about him.”

Speaking about criticism he received from friends over his prominent role in Trump’s victory, Kushner stated, “I call it an exfoliation. Anyone who was willing to change a friendship or not do business because of who somebody supports in politics is not somebody who has a lot of character…People are very fickle. You have to find what you believe in, challenge your truths. And if you believe in something, even if it’s unpopular, you have to push with it.”

Asked about his take on inflammatory statements made by Trump during the campaign, Kushner replied, “I just know a lot of the things that people try to attack him with are just not true or overblown or exaggerations. I know his character. I know who he is, and I obviously would not have supported him if I thought otherwise. If the country gives him a chance, they’ll find he won’t tolerate hateful rhetoric or behavior.”

Describing Kushner’s office, the Forbes article revealed, “A leather-bound copy of Jewish teachings, the Pirkei Avot, sits on a wooden pedestal in the reception room, and identical silver mezuzahs adorn the side of each office door.”

Last month, as reported by The Algemeiner, Kushner’s wife Ivanka Trump told a synagogue gathering near Miami that her father had asked for her and her husband’s prayers during the Jewish High Holidays this year.

“You know what he would say right before Yom Tov — he would call and say, ‘You better pray hard for me,’” Trump said of her father. “I’d say, ‘Yes dad, we will pray hard.’ Then he’d call Jared and say, ‘Jared, you gotta pray hard for me.’ So he covered all of the bases.”

Speaking at a gala dinner held by The Algemeiner in February 2015 where he received the Liberty Award for his contributions to US-Israel relations, Donald Trump said, “I have a Jewish daughter! This wasn’t in the plan, but I’m very glad it happened.”

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  • bigrobtheactor

    How can we not love these guys?

  • Gil Solomon

    The majority of Jews the world over are, in my opinion pathetic, especially those
    in the US media and in establishment leadership positions. The majority of
    American Jews in particular are desperate to delegitimise Donald Trump and that
    means if they can’t attack him personally, they will criticise to death and
    find fault with virtually every appointee he makes. The majority of American
    Jews can be defined first and foremost as leftist before any other criteria. It
    is fortunate that Donald Trump supports Israel because quite frankly listening
    to this ranting babble of know it all leftist Jews (including Israelis) day in
    day out, he would be well within his rights to state he owes nothing to
    American Jews or Israel. It is a sad fact that the majority of US Jews voted
    not once but twice for B. Hussein Obama and this time would in the majority
    have preferred Hillary Clinton as President, a woman surrounded by anti-Israeli
    self hating Jews, a woman who would have pushed Israel, the country they
    profess to love, under a bus at the first opportunity. The majority of Jews
    these days don’t know a good thing if it hits them in the face and Donald Trump
    is the leader the Western world needs at this juncture and is the most genuine
    pro Israel President ever to assume office. It seems that Jews have some
    suicidal gene buried deep in their DNA. A more pathetic whingeing, whining
    rabble I have never seen. If the majority of them can’t say anything positive
    about Trump then I would suggest they simply keep their mouths shut.

    On the issue of anti-Semitism, I could imagine if one were a non Jewish
    American who really may not consider Jewish issues too deeply, I could see how
    the torrent of unjustifiable abuse hurled at Trump day in day out by the
    majority of Jewish media elites, could well turn any reasonable gentile into an
    anti-Semite. To add to the first line where I used the word pathetic I’ll
    finish this by adding that the majority of us are also fools and it’s time we
    woke up.

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