Son-in-law: Trump is not a racist

Son-in-law: Trump is not a racist
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President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHarris bashes Kavanaugh's 'sham' nomination process, calls for his impeachment after sexual misconduct allegation Celebrating 'Hispanic Heritage Month' in the Age of Trump Let's not play Charlie Brown to Iran's Lucy MORE rejects bigotry and hateful rhetoric, according to son-in-law Jared Kushner, and has been wrongly portrayed as racist by some of his critics.

“I just know a lot of the things that people try to attack him with are just not true or overblown or exaggerations,” Kushner said in an interview with Forbes published Tuesday. "I know his character.


“I know who he is, and I obviously would not have supported him if I thought otherwise,” added Kushner, who married Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka in 2009. "If the country gives him a chance, they’ll find he won’t tolerate hateful rhetoric or behavior.

“You can’t not be a racist for 69 years, then all of a sudden become a racist, right? You can’t not be an anti-Semite for 69 years and all of a sudden become an anti-Semite because you’re running.”

Kushner said Trump denouncing support from white nationalist groups like the Ku Klux Klan would never satisfy his detractors.

“Trump has disavowed their support 25 times,” said Kushner, who is Jewish and the grandson of Holocaust survivors.

“He’s renounced hatred, he’s renounced bigotry, and he’s renounced racism. I don’t know if he could ever denounce them enough for some people.”

Kushner additionally defended Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s chief strategist and senior counselor. 

“All I know about Steve is my experience working with him,” he said of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign CEO. "He’s an incredible Zionist and he loves Israel. He was one of the leaders in the anti-divestiture campaign.

“And what I’ve seen from working with him was somebody who did not fit the description that people are pushing on him,” Kushner added. "I choose to judge him based on my experience and seeing the job he’s done, as opposed to what other people are saying about him.”

Donald Trump has frequently struggled with how to address support from white nationalists like former KKK leader David Duke.

Bannon has been scrutinized for his tenure at Breitbart and the news website’s ties to the alt-right. Detractors say alt-right ideology glorifies white nationalism, anti-Semitism and misogyny.