C.R.E.A.M. Open Thread: Young Jared Is A Busy Little Oligarch

(Jeff Danziger via GoComics.com)
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… Small wonder he occasionally “forgets” minor details of his many, many important jobs in the Squatter-in-Chief’s administration. Such as sending out invitations and RSVPs for the ‘business conference’ intended to bring peace to the Middle East…


 
… Or mentioning the petty sums — I mean, a mere $90 million, that’s chump change! — from “opaque offshore entities” on his financial disclosure forms…



 
Or whether he’d go to the trouble of informing the FBI if hostile foreign agents were to attempt to bribe him (again)…


 
How fortunate (for us Democrats & other sane people) that Jared intends to play an important role in his father-in-law’s “reelection” campaign!

Amid policy missteps and at the risk of frustrating President Trump, Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, has set his sights on what he has described to people as a new problem in need of his attention: fund-raising for Mr. Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign.

Specifically, Mr. Kushner has cast a disapproving eye on the fund-raising apparatus run primarily by the Republican National Committee, and its chairwoman, Ronna McDaniel, whose close relationship with Mr. Trump is said to irk him. At a dinner he organized last month in the White House residence, Mr. Kushner brought together Ms. McDaniel; Brad Parscale, the campaign manager; and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who ran Mr. Trump’s fund-raising in 2016, along with a group of big donors like Stephen A. Schwarzman, the chief executive of the Blackstone Group, to discuss the fund-raising strategy for 2020.

But there was no broad agreement among the people there that the campaign is having any trouble raising money from large donors, as Mr. Kushner suggested…

Despite criticism and defeats, Mr. Kushner has always showed complete confidence in his own problem-solving abilities, in part, associates said, because of the role he played as a behind-the-scenes strategist on Mr. Trump’s winning 2016 campaign. And while many of his colleagues have resented his position, Mr. Kushner’s allies say that he has not been afraid to take on some of the most difficult issues confronting the White House and that he is someone whom Mr. Trump continues to rely on and trust.

Those allies say that Mr. Kushner has described himself as the real force behind the 2020 re-election campaign.

Mr. Kushner speaks every day to Mr. Parscale and, according to White House officials, his headliner appearance at the Republican National Committee’s spring donor retreat at Mar-a-Lago was meant to underscore the large role that Mr. Kushner would assume in planning, coordinating and becoming a public face of the campaign…

Because pissing off pep like Parscale, Mnuchin, and the GOP’s biggest moneybags couldn’t possibly rebound to the detriment the Oval Office Occupant…






19 replies
  1. 1
    rikyrah says:

    “Jared is one of these guys who has fallen up in his life every time… I think the guy you see in this interview is the real Jared. He’s not that competent, he’s terrified of his father-in-law, yet he is the Secretary of everything” – @TheRickWilson w/ @NicolleDWallace pic.twitter.com/32LLkZYYo8

    — Deadline White House (@DeadlineWH) June 3, 2019

    The curve for Unqualified White Men is REAL.

  2. 2
    japa21 says:

    He’s not that competent, he’s terrified of his father-in-law, yet he is the Secretary of everything

    Totally Jared.

    I hear the Saudi’s are going around telling everybody about the new weapons the administration is “selling” them. According to some they keep saying “We got them at Jared’s.”

    ETA: It’s not that he isn’t “that competent” it’s that he isn’t competent at all.

  3. 3
    waspuppet says:

    Specifically, Mr. Kushner has cast a disapproving eye on the fund-raising apparatus run primarily by the Republican National Committee, and its chairwoman, Ronna McDaniel, whose close relationship with Mr. Trump is said to irk him.

    Poor guy. Ronna Romney McDaniel changed her name to please Trump. Jared can’t change his name to Trump because he’d consider it unmanly. So unfair!

    Despite criticism and defeats, Mr. Kushner has always showed complete confidence in his own problem-solving abilities …

    Failsons really are going to kill us all.

  4. 4
    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    The curve for Unqualified White Men is REAL.

    And so many of them pretend it isn’t. Infuriating.

  5. 5
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    if Jared ever appears before a public hearing, I want one Dem to ask : “are you a baseball fan Mr Kushner? So you understand the meaning of the old saying, born on third base and thinks he hit a triple?” and then just move on to substantive questions

  6. 6
    Duane says:

    It’s every fucking day with this criminal outfit. Never-ending blatant greed and cruelty. How much the character of a president matters has never been more clear. People responsible for these acts have to be punished or it will only get worse.

  7. 7

    The country is not here to “grow” Jared into anything.

  8. 8
    Cacti says:

    Jared Kushner sincerely believes that he is the product of a meritocracy.

    Explains a lot about how things got be where they are in U.S. national politics.

  9. 9
    NotMax says:

    Dear Jared,

    Cutting a check is not the answer to everything.

    Yours,

    Reality

  10. 10
    West of the Rockies says:

    Is Jared qualified for his multiple posts? Is Sanders the best choice for hers? How about Ben Carson? Ricky Perry, Ivanka, Omarosa, Pruitt, Chao? Anyone connected to Trump is an unqualified loser.

  11. 11
    Al Z. says:

    What a toady

  12. 12
    Brachiator says:

    Company part-owned by Jared Kushner got $90m from unknown offshore investors since 2017

    I was going to ask how any of this could be legal or ethical, but the underlying Guardian story shows how Young Jared’s branch of the Trump crime family deftly tries to evade disclosure rules while racking up millions.

    And America’s Princess, Ivanka, also knows how to play the game.

  13. 13
    MattF says:

    Occurred to me the other day that Kim Jong Un is evidently very expert on the subject of just what sort of flattery narcissist authoritarians will respond to. Same goes for Kushner– he’s expert in those few things that he actually needs to know. That said, it’s likely that Kushner doesn’t have Kim’s level of self-awareness.

  14. 14
    LongHairedWeirdo says:

    @japa21: I had a friend who defined competence as “knowing what you’re good at and what you’re bad at, and being able to apply that knowledge appropriately.” He also opined that you need to be good at *something* – but continued with how, if you really know what you’re good at and what you’re not good at, you are good at self-awareness.

    I thought that was a perfect definition, which really summed up what I thought of as competence. I also agree: Kushner is not competent, but then, neither is the GOP as a whole. They’re more concerned with getting Republicans into jobs, than in making sure those jobs are actually getting done well. By that standard, Kusher’s brilliant – he’s a GOP toady, able to be a Republican in charge of lots of different things.

  15. 15
    Brachiator says:

    @Cacti:

    Jared Kushner sincerely believes that he is the product of a meritocracy.

    And this is the type of people that Trump would give immigration preference to.

    Give me your rich, trust fund babies, yearning to make a deal

  16. 16
    jonas says:

    @West of the Rockies:

    Chao?

    In terms of relevant business and government experience, Chao was perhaps the only reasonably qualified person in Trump’s cabinet, but of course she and her husband are both corrupt AF, so some might call her overqualified.

  17. 17
    kindness says:

    What will be high comedy is after Trump is defeated in 2020 and he is facing trials for his many poor choices, we all know Jared will sing like an opera star in order to keep his ass out of prison. It will be gloriously ugly.

  18. 18
    PapuJones says:

    I’m sure there are no potential issues with the current Secretary of the Treasury raising money for the reelection campaign, amirite!

  19. 19
    sukabi says:

    @PapuJones: With this bunch he’s more than likely cutting a check from the Treasury to the campaign, and writing another one to himself for a job well done.

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