Jared Kushner's Friends Reveal How Disappointed They Are
Jared Kushner is confusing a lot of his friends with his involvement in the Trump administration.
This has left many of his old friends "seething," according to Business Insider.
Kushner and Ivanka used to be Democrats -- before Donald started running for president as a Republican.
As recently as 2013, Ivanka and Jared hosted a fundraising event for Democrat Cory Booker.
Although the couple have been close advisors to the president, they've also been the ones most likely to say things seemingly counter to his agenda.
During the Republican National Convention last summer, for instance, Ivanka gave a strangely progressive speech.
Jared and Ivanka also reportedly stopped Trump from making moves against LGBTQ+ people and the environment in February. (The Trump administration still did pass motions against LGBTQ+ people and the environment.)
But these seemingly more liberal moves don't undo their complicity with Trump's restrictive actions as president.
Apparently their friends are not particularly pleased with that. In fact, people "hate him right now," a person who worked with Kushner told Business Insider. The person explained,
Not just him as a person so much but what he stands for and the fact that he hasn't been able to use his position to do anything meaningful for what we stand for.
Someone who attended Kushner and Trump's wedding in 2009 told Business Insider,
I'm not planning on being friends. I don't think I'm going to be over it ... I feel really, really upset about what they're doing. I think it's so terrible and so disruptive that I can't get over that. I can't endorse that.
Apparently, Kushner isn't too bothered by losing friendships.
In fact, he seems kind of happy about the opportunity to cut out some friendships.
Kushner invested in a startup founded by Wiley Cerilli last January. But after Donald Trump insulted Judge Gonzalo Curiel for having Mexican heritage, Cerilli, a liberal, decided to cut ties with Kushner, BI reported.
Cerilli called Kushner to break up their professional relationship. Kushner called his decision "cowardly" and a "childish thing," according to notes Cerilli took during the call.
"I am seeing which friendships break in the wind," Kushner told Cerilli. This wasn't necessarily a bad thing to Kushner. Being a public figure in the Trump campaign "allowed him to exfoliate," he said.
So basically, Kushner had a "see who your real friends are" moment thanks to the Trump campaign.
There's a lesson to be learned from this:
If there are friendships you want to get out of, all you have to do is join your bigoted father-in-law's administration and not apologize for helping it along. Problem solved.
Citations: How to lose friends and 'exfoliate' people — Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is caught between 2 worlds, and his friends are cutting ties (Business Insider), Trump dramatically changes US approach to climate change (CNN)