Jared Kushner sat down with journalist Jonathan Swan for an Axios on HBO interview that aired on Sunday night, and it quickly became apparent why we don’t hear more from the son-in-law and senior advisor to President Donald Trump. In other words, it went poorly.
Aside from having the on-camera charisma of a wooden doll come to life, Kushner struggled with gotcha questions such as, “have you ever seen your father-in-law do or say anything that is racist,” and “was birtherism racist?” As to the former question, Kushner answered, “no, absolutely not.” “You can’t not be a racist for 69 years and then run for president and be a racist,” he elaborated.
Great, cool. But when it came to the follow-up about birtherism however, was when Kushner really began to falter. “I wasn’t really involved in that,” he stammered, but Swan kept pushing. After the third time he was asked, Kushner blurted out: “Look, I know who the president is, and I have not seen anything in him that is racist.”
“So again, I was not involved in that,” he helpfully added.
Kushner’s sit-down was met with immediate criticism on Twitter, and by Monday morning the chatter had definitely not died down. If anything, the jokes and memes had grown more savage — as you can see from the below sampling.
And then, podcaster Kara Swisher got the hashtag #iwasntinvolvedinthat going to take the ridicule to the next level:
But perhaps the biggest takeaway from this entire exercise can be best summed up by Chicago Tribune columnist Rex Huppke:
What an absolutely stunning description of the Trump family.