President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner has absolutely no government experience. Yet, he has a White House job as an adviser to the president anyway. During an interview with TIME Magazine this week, Kushner initially ludicrously suggested that he could not commit to the administration seeing through the general election this November as scheduled. To be clear, no one in the administration, including the president, even has the legal power to shift the election date, but that didn’t stop Kushner from acting like it was an open question anyway. In response, Hillary Clinton herself pointed out the absurd incompetence on display.
The opinion of a White House staff member has no bearing on when the election is held. https://t.co/QUX1F6Y4RQ
— Annie Karni (@anniekarni) May 13, 2020
She posted on Twitter:
‘I can’t believe I have to write this sentence, but the president’s son-in-law doesn’t get to decide when the election is.’
I can’t believe I have to write this sentence, but the president's son-in-law doesn't get to decide when the election is. https://t.co/7CrpHny6TF
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 13, 2020
Indeed — Kushner has absolutely no legal place to act as though he’s able to speak with authority on when the election will be held, although he did initially acknowledge that it ultimately wasn’t “his decision” to make. Still, some have feared that the Trump team will threaten the integrity of the presidential election — again — amidst their sinking poll numbers and the concurrently increasing possibility that Trump will lose his re-election bid.
This terrifying remark should remind us all: this gang doesn’t give a shit about the law, the Constitution, or our right to choose our leaders. https://t.co/yjWyFvX55e
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) May 13, 2020
Kushner did eventually try to “clean up” his suggestion that postponing the upcoming presidential election was an open question, as Talking Points Memo put it. He insisted:
‘I have not been involved in, nor am I aware of any discussions about trying to change the date of the Presidential election.’
So in other words, it appears as though his suggestion that there was an open question was just him pulling things out of thin air. That’s far from a first for Kushner and the rest of the president’s brigade of inexperienced shills.
First of all, the headline should be "President's son-in-law doesn't rule out delaying election." This is either colossal ignorance or a dangerous trial balloon to unconstitutionally keep his father-in-law in power. Or both. Congress: pay attention. https://t.co/jowUht8JUS
— Richard Stengel (@stengel) May 13, 2020
Check out Twitter’s response to Hillary:
The news media should know better than to quote this trumpette. #VoteByMail2020
There is no need to consider postponing a Constitutional election.
Dear Hillary, I among millions and millions are so sorry you are not our POTUS. https://t.co/iR6NQp4qrJ
— Rachel M. Greenberg (@rachel99marta) May 13, 2020
— Stephen Baker (@sloringbaker) May 13, 2020
— Mel Shim (@authorMelShim) May 13, 2020
— Bobby Sands (@kaoconnor) May 13, 2020
I can't believe that I have to keep writing this sentence, but if the President listens to him, and no one stops them, then YES HE DOES. https://t.co/pgNQjsqfEh
— Lon Harris (@Lons) May 13, 2020