When Asked If Birtherism Was Racist, Jared Kushner Had A Puzzling Reply


White House senior adviser Jared Kushner struggled during a recent interview to defend his father-in-law, President Donald Trump, over his involvement in the birtherism movement that questioned the citizenship of former President Barack Obama.

Asked by Axios' Jonathan Swan if he had "ever seen [Trump] say or do anything" that he would characterize as racist or bigoted, Kushner responded, "No. Absolutely not." He added, "You can't not be a racist for 69 years then run for president and be a racist."

But when cornered on the birtherism issue, Kushner appeared unable to defend Trump fully:

Jonathan Swan (Axios): Was birtherism racist?

Jared Kushner: I wasn't really involved in that.

Swan: I know you weren't. Was it racist?

Kushner: Like I said, I wasn't involved in that.

Swan: I know you weren't. Was it racist?

Kushner then insisted that there is nothing racist about his father-in-law, saying, “Look, I know who the president is, and I have not seen anything in him that is racist.”

And once more, for good measure, he added: “So again, I was not involved that.”



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