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WaPo: I worked for Jared Kushner. Of course he says his covid-19 failure is a success. [View all]


President Trumpís son-in-law always casts himself as the genius cleaning up someone elseís problems.

By Elizabeth Spiers
Elizabeth Spiers is the chief executive of the Insurrection, a progressive digital messaging firm.
May 8, 2020 at 9:48 a.m. EDT

Jared Kushnerís coronavirus response team, we learned this week, is fumbling because itís largely staffed with inexperienced volunteers. Of course it is. Itís being run by one.

Kushnerís lack of experience and expertise has not been remedied in any way during his now three-plus years in the White House. After bungling many high-profile efforts to address various problems and often making them worse (see, Middle East, peace in), he keeps being handed more responsibilities with higher stakes. He has wasted taxpayer resources and endangered lives trying on policy roles usually reserved for the countryís top experts with the sophistication of a child playing dress-up, cavalierly discarding them when he canít fit into them.

This is basically Kushnerís modus operandi, and itís painfully familiar to me because he was my boss when I was the editor in chief of the New York Observer, which he had bought when he was 25. (Iíve written before about what he was like as a businessman.) One of the more memorable instances of this I witnessed was at a memorial service for a beloved longtime Observer staffer, Tyler Rush, whoíd joined the paper well before Kushner bought it. When it came time for Kushner to say a few words, he launched into a supercilious monologue crediting himself with finally getting the paper published on time after what he described as chaos when he arrived. He also told an anecdote about Rush approaching him when he bought the paper to note that his staff was underpaid, which was true at the time, and true when I took the editor job years later. Kushner congratulated himself during the memorial for giving Rush and his production team the only raise that year because ďunlike everyone else,Ē Rush hadnít been lying to Kushner.

I'm glad to see the WaPo start to be a good investigative reporting organization. For too long it was part of the DC power group.

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