White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner—son-in-law of President Donald Trump—drew backlash after a Monday morning appearance on Fox News. Kushner stated Black people must "want to be successful" in order to benefit from the Trump administration.
Kushner said on Fox & Friends:
"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."
"But he can't want them to be successful more than they want to be successful."
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
The POTUS' son-in-law added:
"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."
"President Trump may not always say the right things, but he does the right things. He says what's on his mind and he gets results."
Kushner—who like Donald Trump received his fortune from his parents—drew widespread criticism for claiming the problems the Black community are "complaining about" would all be solved if Black people wanted to be successful.
WATCH: Jared Kushner implies many Black Americans do not “want to be successful." pic.twitter.com/QolVpNFxPP
— DNC War Room (@DNCWarRoom) October 26, 2020
He's on FOX though, and thus only talking to white people. He knows what that audience wants to hear. He's energizing the racists.
— miss speech (@miss_speech) October 26, 2020
The New Tone.
“We will not control the pandemic."
“We will not help black people more than they want to be helped."
— Exploding Tree Singh, MD 🌊 (@LabyrinthWeaver) October 26, 2020
"problems they're complaining about...?"
"more than they want to be successful...?"
Wow. How do they put this guy in charge of anything?
— David Lapan (@DaveLapanDC) October 26, 2020
Pantywaste McPastyFace lecturin' black folks about the black experience ain't a winnin' strategy.https://t.co/L5Ae0pQPLm
— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) October 26, 2020
So Jared Kushner is referring to the Black community as lazy
Typical racist behavior
— Jonathan Jewel (@jonathanjewel) October 26, 2020
The source of Trump and Kushner's success was cited.
Trump and Kushner were born into wealth. Most Americans are born into debt. It must be nice to have “success" written on your birth certificate.
— mpiatt (@mpiatt3) October 26, 2020
Trump connecting with the black community - by refusing to rent apartments to them? But Little Kush's case is different; the Kushner own swaths of “garden apartment" complexes where black folk live in rat infested, mould ridden units. I call that a personal connection.
— Beagleness 🇨🇦🇺🇸🏳️🌈 (@YtzJaxpad) October 26, 2020
Right up to November third, they will continue to shock those of us who think we can no longer be shocked by them.
— Terry Dresbach (@draiochta14) October 26, 2020
Wow. White privileged kids telling black people they do not want to be successful. Also trumps policy are pretty much anti anyone who isn't rich, white, or a friend or family member.
— Mr. Wednesday (@MrWednesday11) October 26, 2020
In fairness, Jared Kushner's definition of success is using his dad's name to buy an old office building nobody wants to lease space in and then using the power of his access to the Presidency to get a bailout from corrupt emirs in the Persian Gulf.
— Pé (@4everNeverTrump) October 26, 2020
Jared Kushner told Black Americans that Trump was delivering for them if only they would stop “complaining."
One thing that's clear is that Trump has delivered for Kushner. He's delivered him wealth, political power and access to top secret intelligence.https://t.co/JmtVxp7NbA
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) October 26, 2020
Kushner's choice of words drew ire.
To Jared Kushner, Black Americans' grappling with inequality, racism is 'complaining' https://t.co/26oeSn8Iek
— Ali Velshi (@AliVelshi) October 26, 2020
Also, the phrasing: "...the problems that they're complaining about."
Not "conditions they're experiencing." Not "Issues that concern them."
No, it's "those people" COMPLAINING.
— Garland. MERRICK Garland. (@KvetcherNtheRye) October 26, 2020
Jared Kushner wants to distract white voters with images of “complaining" and “lazy" Black people so they won't vote to make billionaires like the Kushners pay their fair share in taxes.
Our country will be truly great only when we put an end to their divide-and-conquer tactics. https://t.co/GPRm2ioC2E
— Jamaal Bowman (@JamaalBowmanNY) October 26, 2020
According to polls, Donald Trump has seen modest gains in support from Black males since 2016.
As of Monday, October 26, the presidential election is a little over 7 days away.