It’s been a few quiet months for Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. We haven’t been inundated with stories full of quotes from “unnamed sources” insisting that Ivanka cares deeply about caged children/treason/reproductive choice but she’s made a choice to support her dad and what can she do. We also haven’t seen a rash of articles about how Genius Jared is totally going to fix the Middle East and health care and veterans issues and the military, all in one week. It’s not that Ivanka and Jared went away – they’re still very much around, and they regularly attend all of Donald Trump’s most important meetings. But they’ve just been quieter about everything. Which is suspicious.
A few days ago, the New York Times published an article called “Still Standing, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Step Back in the Spotlight.” The point is just what I said: Javanka is still around. But Jared in particular is not the emperor’s favorite in the royal court of Bigly. Some highlights:
Bigly jokes about wanting Tom Brady for a son-in-law: Several times Mr. Trump joked that he “could have had Tom Brady” as a son-in-law. “Instead,” the president said, according to five people who heard him, “I got Jared Kushner.”