In 2016, Donald Trump ran on immigration restriction, opposition to foreign wars, and law and order in the streets. On the other hand, the President’s son-in-law Jared Kushner believes in mass legal immigration, continued operations in the Middle East, and the early release of criminals and appeasement of rioting mobs. In other words, for every single stance that the 2016 Trump campaign championed, Jared Kushner has urged for the polar opposite. Despite this, Kushner has a senior advisor position in the White House, and almost no executive action is enacted without his approval. One might ask: Why is this the case, and to what extent has he corrupted the Trump agenda? That’s a very valid question, and one that has yet to be answered thoroughly. After all, no one in 2016 voted for Jared Kushner. That’s why on this Saturday, we will take a look at these three aspects to gather as much information as we can about his influence: Kushner’s role in the Trump team since the 2016 campaign, how he has stifled common-sense nationalist policies from seeing the light of day, and how that will affect Donald Trump’s chances in 2020. Hint: It’s not going to bode well.
In 2016, Kushner was a rising element in the Trump campaign. At the time, he was the director of the campaign’s online social media efforts, he helped write speeches, and he is even reported as being the one who gave the nod for Donald Trump to appoint Mike Pence as his running mate. During this time, he mostly kept his personal opinions to himself, and silently rode the populist wave that his father-in-law generated all the way to his integral role in Trump’s presidential transition team, and eventually his current senior advisor position in the White House.
Kushner first began to derail the Make America Great Again agenda when appointments were being made for the new Trump administration in preparation for his inauguration in January 2017. There, just like he still does today, he weighed in on potential hires, dismissing those who were ideologically close to the President, and approving those who were sympathetic to Kushner’s brand of neoconservatism or to Kushner personally. For example, while former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie did oppose Trump in the Republican primary election, and for the most part agreed with Kushner politically, he was slated to be the official head of the Trump transition team until Jared Kushner recommended that he should be fired. Why did he do this? Because Jared Kushner’s father, Charles Kushner, was prosecuted by then-U.S. Attorney Chris Christie for 18 counts of illegal campaign contributions to Democrats, as well as tax evasion and witness tampering. It was his personal revenge for Christie putting his father in jail.
Kushner’s arbitrary recommendations and denouncements then continued into the Trump administration. On January 9, 2017, he was named Senior Advisor to the President. Senior advisors are those who the President consults when making decisions, which means that they can sway the President’s will one way or the other. With the nature of how executive orders work, this means that a senior advisor indirectly has easily more power than a sitting Congressman or Senator. After all, they can quite literally dictate national policy by making a fancy argument for it, and especially so with a President that only holds broad, instinctual political beliefs and is unsure about precise, specific policy positions, like Donald Trump.
That’s why President Trump, despite campaigning on being tough on crime, has released thousands of murderers, rapists, and other violent criminals early via the First Step Act. In turn, many of these criminals have gone on to commit more crime against Americans, and moreover, a proposed provision to the bill by Senator Tom Cotton that would alert rape victims when their rapists were released was rejected by both the Republican and Democrat establishments that passed it. The FSA has it’s name because it is supposed to be the first step towards broader criminal justice reform. If the first step is releasing criminals early and explicitly refusing to alert their victims of their potential danger, what is the end goal here? The abolition of prisons? Legalization of crimes? According to Jared Kushner, and reported on by voices like Tucker Carlson, Donald Trump has been convinced that by being weak on crime, he can win the black vote, which has been at less than 10% for Republicans ever since Pew Research Center began recording the data in the 1960s. In other words, their vote has never changed. Another part of this effort to win the black vote has been the response that we have seen in the wake of the riots that still continue to this day. On day 1, Donald Trump wanted to send in the military/National Guard to quell the insurrections, but according to Tucker Carlson, he was “repeatedly talked out of it by Jared Kushner.” Because of Jared Kushner’s influence, American cities were allowed to burn while he urged the president to go underground in the White House bunker, all in an effort to pander to the black vote. With these actions, Kushner is making the assumption that black voters approve of the rioters and criminals in general, which is a cynical stance to have at best.
Kushner’s efforts to win the minority vote extends to immigration, as well. Since Donald Trump won on the platform of building a wall and reducing legal immigration, it is strange to see that there is someone in the White House that would not even be bothered to build a wall if his father wasn’t telling him to, and wants the overall amount of legal immigration to stay the same if not increase. In a briefing to Republican senators that was held on May 7, 2019, Kushner unveiled an immigration plan to prioritize high-skilled immigration over low-skilled immigration, but keep the overall number of immigrants the same as current levels. That would mean over 1 million per year annually, which is widely agreed upon as fitting the definition of mass immigration. Kushner also supports explicitly replacing American workers via guest worker visa programs. These include the H-1B, H-2B, H-1A, and E-B5 visas, among others. These are what big corporations use to import foreign employees to save money on labor costs, undercutting American earnings and job positions. In some cases, American workers are even forced to train their replacements, with their severance package held hostage if they refuse. An American patriot, like someone working in the Trump White House would be assumed to oppose this travesty, but here we are. In President Trump’s COVID-19 immigration moratorium, the provisions were reduced to essentially symbolic gestures because Jared Kushner fought to carve out exemptions for those said guest worker visas. According to Tucker Carlson, a Kushner ally said to Trump: “What will Tim Cook of Apple think?” To these people, corporations come first.
However, it doesn’t stop there. Currently, Jared Kushner is working on an amnesty deal for DACA recipients, who are illegal aliens under the law. The timetable for this is before the 2020 election. If the 800,000 current DACA recipients are given amnesty and a path to citizenship, the total of 800,000 potential votes, the vast majority of which will go to Democrats as proven by Pew Research Center, if spread strategically around the country, will doom Trump and the Republicans forever. Don’t let that go over your head; If Jared Kushner gets his way, Donald Trump will surely lose the 2020 election. The truth of this rumor has been contested by White House advisor Avi Berkowitz, but the source of the rumor is credible and it’s troubling how plausible it could be.
Imagine telling a crowd of Trump supporters that you want to release criminals early, do nothing about rioting mobs, invite over 1 million immigrants per year annually, deliberately replace American workers, and grant amnesty to illegal aliens. Also, don’t forget a lopsided peace deal with Israel and Palestine, keeping troops stationed in the Middle East, and secret negotiations leading to things like the $100 billion dollar Saudi arms deal in 2017. You would be mistaken for Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, or any other of Donald Trump’s political enemies, one of the very swamp creatures Donald Trump promised to remove.
The American people gave the mandate in 2016 to put America first and foremost. Donald Trump echoed their will in his 2017 inaugural address, when he said:
“From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this moment on, it’s going to be America First. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.”
Of course, there were going to be opponents of that agenda from the start. However, nothing is more debilitating than an enemy that lurks within your circles, one that has entrenched themselves so deep in your movement that they remain undetectable to most. Jared Kushner represents this type of enemy, and so mush more: The hollowing out of American industry, the mass importation of global populations to salvage the remains thereof, the permanent stationing of the most powerful military in the world to where it helps nobody, and the permanent demographic disposition of the American nation. To avoid this fate, and to finally put America First, Jared Kushner must be purged from the White House. Our country depends on it.