TV News Hosts Who Have Slammed Jared Kushner
Jared Kushner’s tenure as a White House adviser has been, to put it mildly, controversial. As the president’s son-in-law, he’s been tasked with some huge responsibilities despite his lack of experience. He’s also been embroiled in some of the Trump administration’s biggest scandals.
Naturally, with his name making headlines so often, his job performance has been the subject of scrutiny. And that’s especially true where TV news is concerned.
Here are all of the TV news hosts who haven’t held back when it comes to Kushner.
1. Joe Scarborough
You know things aren’t going great for Kushner when even TV news hosts who have been sympathetic to him ramp up their criticism. That’s what happened with Morning Joe host, Joe Scarborough. He was once considered a family friend of the Trump and defended Kushner against criticism on more than one occasion on his program.
But in November 2017, Scarborough admitted he became frustrated at Kushner’s lack of preparedness after he witnessed him on the campaign trail. Scarborough said, “I like Jared, but any time he tried to explain the history of the Middle East, he didn’t want to, he didn’t want to hear it. He said, ‘I’m tired of the talking. We don’t need to read history books.’”
According to Scarborough, that made him feel like Kushner may not be up to the tasks laid out before him. “Here is a guy — how old is he, 34, 35? — I’m sure he’s great in real estate and everything else, but the point is that this entire administration has shunned experts,” he said.
Next: This TV host had a fun time taking Kushner down.
2. James Corden
It’s not uncommon for late night hosts to poke fun at presidential administrations. But The Late Late Show’s James Corden has been particularly critical of Trump and his compatriots. And he reserved a special level of tongue-in-cheek vitriol for Kushner.
In July 2017, he devoted a big part of his opening monologue to making fun of the aide’s testimony to the Senate intelligence committee. “Before appearing in front of the committee, Kushner released an 11-page statement denying that he colluded with the Russians,” Corden told his viewers. “Look, I’m not an intelligence exert, but if you need 11 pages to explain yourself, you so colluded. It’s a totes collude!”
Next: This MSNBC host tried to connect the dots on Kushner’s business dealings and his White House role.
3. Rachel Maddow
As the host of one of MSNBC’s most popular TV news shows, Rachel Maddow has been one of the most vocal critics of the Trump administration. She’s also paid particular attention to Kushner’s actions. She’s called him out on multiple occasions on The Rachel Maddow Show, both for his inexperience and for his tendency to mix business with his current White House role.
On Feb. 27, 2018, she laid out a case for why Kushner’s financial dealings could be interfering with his official duties. She said: “If Jared Kushner is bringing up his own personal business interest alongside government policy while talking with the Chinese government, that’s a serious national security breach.”
Maddow also pointed out that there are national security issues with the fact that Kushner was given access to classified information despite his lack of security clearance.
Next: There might be some truthiness to this host’s concerns about Kushner.
4. Stephen Colbert
There aren’t many people in the Trump administration that Late Show host Stephen Colbert hasn’t made fun of. But he found a particular glee in mocking Kushner after his security privileges were downgraded.
On Feb. 26, Colbert devoted a part of his opening monologue to making fun of Kushner’s diminished role. When his audience cheered at the news, Colbert feigned surprise. ““What is wrong with you people?!” he asked, before pondering, “How will he fix the Middle East now?! He was so close to starting!”
Next: This TV host has criticized Kushner on the daily.
5. Trevor Noah
Colbert wasn’t the only late-night TV host to rib Kushner over his security downgrade. The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah also devoted a portion of his Feb. 26 show to throwing shade at the president’s son-in-law.
Noah has been critical of Kushner’s role in the administration from the beginning. So he was happy to point out that even though he’s still an adviser, “Now Kushner will have to learn about the nation’s most sensitive secrets just like the rest of us: waiting for Trump to tweet them out.”
Next: Kushner was on the receiving end of a few low blows from this TV host.
6. Seth Meyers
In late February 2018, Kushner once again became the focal point of a scandal when reports revealed that his family landed a half billion dollars worth of loans after meeting with executives at the White House.
Late Night host Seth Meyers took the opportunity to gleefully remind his viewers that Kushner’s shady dealings seemingly know no bounds. He said the transaction was further proof that Trump’s son-in-law is “cartoonishly corrupt.” Then, Meyers really laid into him. “How much more suspicious can Jared Kushner get?” he asked, before detailing his questionable moves since taking the role.
Meyers said, “He took millions in loans from companies he met with in the White House, tried to set up a secret channel to talk to Russia, can’t get a security clearance to complete a background check, and lurks ominously in the background of every White House photo like he’s the ghost of a boy Trump killed with an errant tee shot.”
Next: Kushner should Bee worried whenever this TV host utters his name.
7. Samantha Bee
Kushner’s name has been such a hot topic lately that it’s easy to forget he’s been at the center of the Trump administration’s scandals for more than a year. Take, for instance, the news that broke in May 2017 about Kushner attempting to set up a back channel for communication with the Russians.
Full Frontal host Samantha Bee was particularly scathing when she rebuked the Trump aide. And she pointed out that the Kushner-Russia scandal may not be quite as complicated as it seemed.
“We can’t assume Jared knowingly broke the law. It’s possible that the Russians planted this story to screw with us. It’s also possible that the person POTUS trusts with negotiating Mid-East peace, reforming the criminal justice system, solving the opioid epidemic, advising the Commander in Chief and reinventing the entire government is just a complete f–king idiot! How comforting.”
Next: This late night host threw a Trump campaign rallying cry in Kushner’s face
8. Jimmy Kimmel
We all know that Jimmy Kimmel is not a fan of the Trump administration. He’s spent most of his time lampooning the president himself, but he has saved some of his best jokes for his son-in-law as well.
In September 2017, reports surfaced that Kushner not only didn’t list a political affiliation when he registered to vote, but he claimed he was a woman on the form. Kimmel was more than happy to share some jokes at Kushner’s expense.
“That’s right, he’s not a Democrat or a Republican, he’s just an independent woman,” Kimmel explained, before recalling a popular chant from the days of the Trump campaign. “I mean, Jared Kushner registered to vote as woman. And he used a private email server for White House business. I say ‘lock her up!’”
Next: Kushner received his most complete criticism yet from this notoriously scathing host.
9. John Oliver
There are few TV hosts capable of delivering more detailed rebukes than John Oliver. And the host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight didn’t hold back when he explored the role that Kushner and his wife, Ivanka, have played in the Trump White House.
In April 2017, Oliver devoted more than 20 minutes to exploring how Kushner came to hold such a powerful role in the administration. And he didn’t hold back when it came to how he felt about his qualifications — or lack thereof. While some argued at the time that Kushner might be a more preferable Trump adviser than Steve Bannon, Oliver was dubious.
“We shouldn’t be excited about a top White House advisor simply because he is preferable for a man best described as ‘Every Dark Thought Humanity as Ever Had Inhabiting the Long-Dead Corpse of a Civil War Era Plantation Owner That Even His Fellow Plantation Owners Called ‘A Bit Much,'” Oliver quipped.
And he warned anyone who thought of Kushner and Ivanka as potentially levelheaded counterpoints to Trump’s chaos. “It is dangerous to think of them as a moderating influence, as reassuring as that may feel, because believe me – and it gives me no pleasure to say this – if they are the reason you are sleeping at night, you should probably still be awake.”
Next: Even Fox News hosts have had enough of Kushner.
10. Shepard Smith
On the whole, Fox News has supported Trump throughout his presidency. And they’ve done their best to trumpet those in his administration, even during their most controversial moments. But Shepard Smith couldn’t contain his disdain for Kushner after news broke that he’d omitted crucial information on the disclosure forms required for security clearance.
Smith was clearly frustrated when he told his viewers that Kushner “later had to go back and include them … but he did not include the meeting in Trump Tower with the Russian lawyer and Russian translator.”
And according to Smith, Kushner’s omissions would, for other people, “be a crime, punishable by prison.”
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