2 min readJan 7, 2020

Jared Kushner, His Father’s Son

This piece in the New Yorker so fascinated me I read it twice. It defies the way I think, which is that people oppressed do not oppress others. That these people, as a result of the travesties done to them and theirs, have a greater empathy level for others. This is often enough the case as demonstrated by those who have suffered then championing causes that help others experiencing what they had to endure.

Meet the Kushner family.

Their history of being persecuted goes beyond what most human beings have to endure. Jared’s grandmother survived the holocaust and was left with deep scars; the grief for her family that did not survive she carried throughout the remainder of her life. Jared’s dad was one of three born to her. While the other two honored the legacy she left them, her son Charlie took a different path. He made money in real estate by branding himself with the legacy the holocaust left; his target market, Jewish families looking for homes/investments post WWII. Back then, this was an opportunity offered to new immigrants, most of them survivors or heirs of those who survived that travesty. Charlie’s family became beholding to him. He made them rich but then like money can do, his two sibs distanced themselves from him as he became more and more powerful in the #NewYork area.

Read the #NewYorker story to find out more and I’ll end with this: Money can corrupt and it did corrupt Charles Kushner whose real family name is Berkowitz, changed to escape the Nazis. Charlie stooped to all kinds of things to maintain his control and as a result, his family (siblings) parted company even before he went to jail.

Jared has been asked many times how he reconciles his family’s roots with his support of his father-in-law. ‘…..In a June, 2019, interview for “Axios on HBO,” Jonathan Swan asked Kushner how he justified Trump’s drastic cuts in the number of refugees allowed in the United States, given his own grandparents’ experience. “It doesn’t make a difference one way or the other,” Kushner replied. “In the scheme of the magnitude of the problem we have, I think that we’re doing our best to try to make as much impact to allow refugees to be able to go back to their places.”

Jared Kushner is no bleeding heart empath. He’s his father’s son and that makes him a perfect son-in-law for Donald Trump. We gravitate to the familiar, folks; whether we do so consciously or not, we do and Jared Kushner did.


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