Jared Kushner is doing a less-than impressive job in his White House position, with many complaining that he has no place dealing with foreign policy, or any policy, for that matter. Kushner’s family are NY real estate magnates, and Jared jumped on the family bandwagon immediately upon graduation from Harvard.
Kushner is a man of few words. Unlike his brothers-in-law, and even his wife, he doesn’t indulge in social media, which makes people question why. Many believe he simply has nothing to say.
On Tuesday, headlines broke about Full House’s Lori Laughlin, who, among 47 other prominent people in society, was indicted in the biggest college admissions scam in history.
Laughlin reportedly paid $400,000 to get her daughter into an Ivy League school on the basis of being a star athlete in a sport she didn’t even play.
Since that news broke, people have been pointing a lot of fingers to the college educated, yet not very bright, Trump family; in wonderment of how they managed to get through college when the president struggles with basic English every day.
So what’s the deal? Did they buy their eductions like all the rest of the rich people? All signs are pointing to yes.
According to Mother Jones:
“While looking into Kushner’s taxes, though, federal authorities had subpoenaed records of his charitable giving. I learned that in 1998, when Jared was attending The Frisch School and starting to look at colleges, his father had pledged $2.5 million to Harvard, to be paid in annual installments of $250,000. Charles Kushner also visited Neil Rudenstine, then Harvard president, and discussed funding a scholarship program for low- and middle-income students.”
“I phoned a Harvard official, with whom I was on friendly terms. First I asked whether the gift played any role in Jared’s admission. “You know we don’t comment on individual applicants,” he said. When I pressed further, he hung up. We haven’t spoken since.”
A former official at the Frisch school in Paramus, New Jersey had this to say about Kushner:
“There was no way anybody in the administrative office of the school thought he would on the merits get into Harvard. His GPA [grade point average] did not warrant it, his SAT scores did not warrant it. We thought, for sure, there was no way this was going to happen. Then, lo and behold, Jared was accepted. It was a little bit disappointing because there were at the time other kids we thought should really get in on the merits, and they did not.’’
Now, Kushner’s acceptance to Harvard is being looked into a little closer because, while wealthy parents often make large donations to universities they want their children to attend, this “gift” should, in no way, be a bribe or payment for entry into a program.
Kushner rubbed elbows with some pretty impressive people while attending Harvard, including Hollywood actress Natalie Portman, yet his shenanigans upon graduating led to over 2,000 Harvard alumni sending him a letter in rebuke.
The letter begins:
“We, the undersigned graduates of Harvard College, are your classmates and roommates, friends and acquaintances. We do not have the President’s ear, but you do, and we hope that we have yours.”