We’re all longing to see Trump suffer a crushing, humiliating, ego-shattering rejection at the end of this interminable election season. I visit those electoral vote map sites and drool over improbable 400+ EC vote scenarios as greedily as I’d eye a plate of warm chocolate chip cookies.
But as much as I loathe Trump to the depths of my soul, I also have bottomless contempt for Jared Kushner. Even more so after reading CNN’s account of Bob Woodward’s April interview with Kushner, in which the whey-faced, noodle-armed nepotism hire discussed the Trump admin’s catastrophic mismanagement of the pandemic like a Dollar Tree-brand Gordon Gekko:
Kushner on the pandemic in April: “There were three phases. There’s the panic phase, the pain phase and then the comeback phase. I do believe that last night symbolized kind of the beginning of the comeback phase. That doesn’t mean there’s not still a lot of pain and there won’t be pain for a while, but that basically was, we’ve now put out rules to get back to work. Trump’s now back in charge. It’s not the doctors. They’ve kind of – we have, like, a negotiated settlement.”
The statement reflected a political strategy. Instead of following the health experts’ advice, Trump and Kushner were focused on what would help the President on Election Day. By their calculations, Trump would be the “open-up president.”
I assume the “last night” Kushner referred to during the interview was when Trump took over the coronavirus briefings and turned them into a clown show. It wasn’t the Rose Garden conference when they tried conning Americans about a Google website that would allow people to identify symptoms and find nearby testing — that pack of lies was a month in the future when Woodward had his chat with wee Jared.
More from CNN’s account of the Woodward tapes:
Kushner went on to tell Woodward that Trump did a “full hostile takeover” of the Republican Party when he became its presidential nominee. He also told Woodward, “The most dangerous people around the President are over-confident idiots” and that Trump had replaced them with “more thoughtful people who kind of know their place.”
Sweet banjo-strumming Jeebus, the arrogance of that smug little fuckface. The Lincoln Project (I know, I know) dropped a gut-punch of an ad that brings home what was (and is) at stake while Trump and Kushner were congratulating themselves and angling for political advantage as the virus doomed people:
Life’s too important not to. pic.twitter.com/daubuYBDiC
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) October 27, 2020
Kushner would describe that as the “pain phase,” I guess, and we’re still in it. I wonder what the “pain phase” for Trump and Kushner will look like? I’m afraid it won’t be nearly as acute as they deserve, but let’s do all we can to make sure it starts with an electoral curb-stomping.