According to a new book, “Peril,” Donald Trump made an anti-Semitic joke about his son-in-law Jared Kushner during a White House meeting.
During a meeting about his work to secure Middle East peace, the twice-impeached one-term president questioned Kushner’s loyalty to the US, an anti-Semitic trope, which he also floated during public remarks to Jewish-American audiences, according to excerpts from Bob Woodward and Robert Costa’s new book, “Peril,” obtained by Business Insider.
“’You know,’ Trump joked in another meeting, mocking his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who was raised in a modern Orthodox Jewish family and was working on Middle East peace, ‘Jared’s more loyal to Israel than the United States,'” Woodward and Costa wrote.
This isn’t the first time Trump has used the dual allegiance cliche or the anti-Semitic idea that Jewish Americans are more loyal to Israel than to the United States. “The charge of disloyalty has been used to harass, marginalize, and persecute the Jewish people for centuries,” per the Anti-Defamation League.
In April 2019, Trump told a Jewish American audience that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “your prime minister,” and in August 2019, he remarked that Jewish Americans who vote Democratic display either “a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.”
During a conference call with Jewish American leaders, Trump referred to Israel as “your country,” and during a phone call with Jewish politicians later that month, he reportedly stated Jews “stick together” and “are only in it for themselves.”
Former President George W. Bush and his Republican allies have regularly accused Democrats of anti-Semitism for criticizing Israel’s administration. Trump signed an executive order against anti-Semitism at campuses in December 2019, which critics argued hindered free expression. The directive, according to critics, was intended to target groups critical of Israel’s policy toward Palestinians.
Trump followers, on the other hand, have repeatedly expressed anti-Semitic attitudes. A man wearing a “Camp Auschwitz” t-shirt was among the pro-Trump throng that stormed the Capitol on January 6.
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Since leaving the White House Trump’s grievances to grow louder with each passing day away. And those criticisms appear to be driving away two of his closest advisers during his presidency: his daughter Ivanka and Kushner.
The former President has been known to rant for hours about the “stolen” 2020 election. His feelings come out in fits and spurts at other times, most frequently when he’s talking about his hopes for a comeback to national politics. According to 12 former Trump White House officials, former administration officials, family friends, acquaintances, and members of Trump’s team who spoke with CNN about changes to the former President’s current inner circle, the gap between Trump and his daughter and son-in-law grows wider by the week.
Trump’s incessant harping on the past and inability to move on is a big part of the cause for the split. The former President has also begun to doubt the significance of Kushner’s role in his presidential legacy, as one of the few persons who were able to remain close to Trump during his two presidential campaigns and White House tenure.
According to two associates, Ivanka Trump has battled to untangle the entanglements caused by her father’s years in the White House, as she seeks a less difficult existence for her family. They said she had to tread a narrow path between embracing her father and distance herself from his election deception.
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were rarely seen with him in the months leading up to the former President’s seasonal shift from Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, to a cottage at his private golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, after spending much of the last five and a half years in close proximity to him.
“They weren’t around for the usual spring and summer events at Mar-a-Lago,” says one clubgoer and family friend, noting the absence of Trump’s elder daughter and the couple’s three young children.
Simultaneously, Kushner’s disappearance, previously the ringleader of Trump’s policy operations, became clear. According to a source close to Kushner, the Kushner/Trump family paid visits to Mar-a-Lago before Trump’s relocation north, but they were infrequent, averaging once every three to four weeks. Following their departure from Washington, Kushner and Ivanka Trump relocated to a Miami high-rise to await the completion of their residence on a nearby private island.