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Democrats accuse Kushner of 'casual racism' over comments about Black Americans

Democrats accuse Kushner of 'casual racism' over comments about Black Americans
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White House senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerPompeo becomes first top US diplomat to visit Israeli settlement, labels boycotts anti-Semitic NYT's Bruni suggests Ivanka Trump, Kushner move to North Korea or Saudi Arabia With Biden, a Saudi reboot MORE sparked backlash from Democrats on Capitol Hill after he said on Monday that Black Americans had to “want to be successful” in order for President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump MORE’s economic policies to work more effectively. 

“Jared Kushner is the face of white privilege and nepotism. He doesn't want to change our racist, broken system because he benefits from it,” Rep. Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeeDemocrats brush off calls for Biden to play hardball on Cabinet picks Top contender for Biden Defense chief would be historic pick Overnight Defense: 5 US service members killed in international peacekeeping helicopter crash in Egypt | Progressives warn Biden against Defense nominee with contractor ties | Trump executive order to ban investment in Chinese military-linked companies MORE (D-Calif.) said in a tweet shortly after his comments. “He’s the last person that should be lecturing the Black community on the value of ‘hard work.

Rep. Gwen MooreGwen Sophia MooreDemocrats accuse Kushner of 'casual racism' over comments about Black Americans Lawmakers urge IRS to get stimulus payments to domestic violence survivors Texas Democrat: US natural gas vital in transition to renewables MORE (D-Wis.) was more forceful.

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“Trust fund baby slumlord Kushner who has enriched himself in the WH takes the silver spoon out of his mouth long enough to insert his foot with a racist trope about Black people and success,” Moore tweeted.

Rep. Cedric RichmondCedric Levon RichmondSunday shows - Virus surge dominates ahead of fraught Thanksgiving holiday Richmond says GOP 'reluctant to stand up and tell the emperor he wears no clothes' Sunday shows preview: Biden transition, COVID-19 spike in spotlight MORE (D-La.) denounced Kushner’s comments as ignorant and a display of “white privilege” during an interview on CNN.

Richmond also said Kushner’s comments were “to be expected coming from this White House,” while pointing to directives issued from the Trump administration in recent weeks that banned training involving race and sex-based discrimination and teachings of so-called “divisive concepts” for executive departments and agencies, the U.S. military, federal contractors and federal grant recipients.

“This whole thought that the president could want success for Black people more than Black people is just consistent ignorance coming out of the White House,” Richmond said. 

Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) accused Kushner of “casual racism” over the comments saying: “Born on third base, thinks he hit a triple. Few in US history have been given as much wealth or power without having to earn a thing as Jared Kushner.” 

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“His father-in-law gave him the position he is failing at miserably, with deadly consequences,” he said, referring to President Trump. 

Former President Obama also added fuel to the political firestorm on Tuesday while delivering remarks at drive-in rally for Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump MORE in Florida. 

“Who are these folks? What history books do they read? Who do they talk to?” he said, before also taking aim at Trump's long-repeated claim that he has done more for the African American community than any president since Abraham Lincoln.

The comments made by Kushner came during an interview on Fox News on Monday. In the interview, Kushner said that “one thing we’ve seen in a lot of the Black community, which is mostly Democrat, is that President Trump’s policies are the policies that can help people break out of the problems that they’re complaining about.”

“But he can’t want them to be successful more than they want to be successful,” he continued. 

The White House has sought to defend Kushner as he has drawn considerable backlash on social media over the comments. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said “internet trolls” took the senior adviser’s comments “out of context” to “distract from President Trump’s undeniable record of accomplishment for the Black community.” 

The comments by Kushner come amid efforts by the Trump campaign in recent months to drive support among Black voters in a bid to shed some of the strong momentum his opponent, Biden, has seen from the key bloc this year ahead of what some polls are showing is shaping up to be a tight race on Election Day.