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The author of all woe

Is the Mark-1, Mod-0 nitwit Peter Navarro aptly dubs the Clown Prince of Pennsylvania Avenue.

Take credit for what worked. Shift the blame for what didn’t. Run to Daddy-in-law whenever the big, bad chief of staff got in his way. That was Jared Kushner’s modus operandi during the long four years I had to serve alongside the man most responsible for the loss of the Trump White House.

Kushner came to the D.C. swamp on the coattails of his wife as nothing more than a young and rich, run-of-the-mill liberal New York Democrat with a worldview totally orthogonal to the president he was supposed to serve. Yet, within the West Wing, Kushner considered himself to be the ultimate “Trump whisperer.”

In private, Jared would boast about how he had brought the president back from whatever he considered the brink to be that day—whether it was securing the southern border, leaving NAFTA, or slapping tariffs on China. Never mind that he was derailing, deterring, and delaying Trump’s Make America Great Again agenda in real-time and at great political and economic costs.

Jared’s “neuter the boss” role quickly became a source of friction between us. He believed that I, more than anyone inside the West Wing, could “rile up” the president to take actions that were, in fact, totally consistent with Trump’s central campaign promises. But as this particular Wall Street transactionalist liked to say (and it always made me cringe): “That was the campaign. This is reality.”

In the cold light of a January West Wing day, there was simply no other explanation than nepotism to account for how this decidedly unqualified Clown Prince wound up sitting as a modern-day Rasputin at the right hand of Trump.

To this day, my old Boss still has no idea just how much damage Kushner/Rasputin did to the presidency and the Trump agenda during his four year reign of error at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The work of fiction Jared is now readying for publication is just more self-serving manure to shovel over the past and obscure our view of the damage.

Fortunately, if Trump makes it back to the White House, it will be a Kushner-free zone. Kushner has already disqualified himself from future White House employment by cashing in on his White House connections to fund his many entrepreneurial ventures.

Can’t honestly say I’m unhappy to hear it.


21 thoughts on “The author of all woe

  1. A quick glance at Jared Kushner’s early life section on Wikipedia will be all the red flags anyone would need to know that guy was going to be a disaster. Meanwhile Trump let himself be hoodwinked by Jared for four years, so much for the master of strategy.

  2. Kushner was a big supporter of Hillary in 2016 – $150,000 worth – so it’s no surprise that the actual enacted policy of the Trump Administration turned out to be *really* close to what Hillary liked – read her articles in Foreign Affairs sometime. Trump spoke loudly, but was able to enforce no change in policy, whatsoever, that Hillary didn’t approve of, first. The only thing Trump was effective at was bamboozling his own supporters. People may not like that, but that’s what the record reveals.

    1. Kushner was a big supporter of Hillary in 2016 – $150,000 worth…

      Can you provide documentation of that?

      1. I smell more fishy pro-DeSantis chicanery coming here.

        Peter Navarro, the guy trying to save his skin from jail?
        He’s probably being railroaded, but he saw what they did to General Flynn and Trump can’t pardon him now.

        Plus look at the Weisselberg guilty plea today. I smell a rat in both these situations.

        Trump ran Crooked’s Foreign Policy Playbook? Really?

        1. I like Navarro, but I also know he and Kushner did not get along. Navarro might be guilty of blaming Kushner for what should be Trump’s faults. It is the president that decides in the end regardless of who is doing the advising.

          As I understand it, it was Kushner that put together the peace treaty in the middle east that isolated Iran and the paleswinians, while bringing Israel into peaacful agreements with the Saudi’s and others. Of course that historic agreement has been scuttled by the current marxists as they don’t benefit from it.

          So, regardless of Kushners leftism, I’ll blame Trump for any failure, not Kushner. But I get Navarro, he had his own battles going on and he ticks all my boxes “correctly”.

          1. To be fair, it could be Navarro’s fault and he’s trying to push the blame to Kushner.

            But even more than that, these are all unsubstantiated “failings”. Did they really happen as he says. In other words, did Trump make the active decision or did some bureaucrat take it upon themselves to sabotage the situation. Or did the situation even actually occur.

            Navarro is the target of Deep State. Anything he says now has to be taken with a grain of salt.

            Plus I find a lot of the usually suspects like to Get Trump by going through Jared and the insinuations that he is “of the Tribe”.

            Do we really know if Kushner is a “Leftist”? After all, NeverTrump spent all of 2015-16 campaign trying to paint Trump as a NYC Democrat Leftist and not a “real conservative”! He donated to Dems! The Clintons were at a wedding! He went to Parties where there were Dems!
            It was all guilt by association, insinuation and outright lies.

            1. Yea, I’ve never bought in to the anti-Kushner BS. Regardless of his world view or his daughter’s, Trump is his own man and responsible for his actions or lack of.

              Do I think Kushner is a leftist? I don’t think he is a marxist which is what most leftists are now. I think he suffers from the compassion virus, unable to see that compassion action always fail. This is an ultimate failing among many, the desire to help, but the help becomes institutional which becomes slavery.

              And your spot on with “did Trump make the active decision or did some bureaucrat take it upon themselves to sabotage the situation.” We know that happened repeatedly.

        1. In other words, you can’t document what you claim, so you put up links to pure fucking bullshit.

          Got it. It’s bogus just as I figured. Just more neverTrump hogwash.

        2. Slate? Pure BS.

          Plus the Trump Clinton situation is easily explained.

          You are a NYC Real Estate Player. The ex-President’s wife is about to become a Big Deal in NY and hence NYC.

          So, you establish a good relationship. You play golf with him. You drop the equivalent of a $20 into the poor box (100k to the Foundation – tax deductible!). You contribute to the campaign. Things like running in the same social circles is a Meh moment. So? A Billionaire and the Clintons had High Society NYC “friends” and socialized with them. It’s a bogus connection that was the tell the articles were BS.

          Go back 35 years. Trump is a Perot acolyte. An actual old Skool conservative Republican in other words. Most of his commentary from back then is the same as what he ran on. Immigration, UnFree Trade Agreements not in America’s interests, Allies not carrying their weight, American Leadership not putting America First. It’s all there. His love of the people who worked for him is well known and a Hallmark of his family from his Father. He is truly equally comfortable in High Society and at the bar with Working Class people. THAT is the Donald Trump they tried very hard to hide and paint as a Liberal Democrat instead once he entered the scene in 2015.

          If there is anything he might have moved Right on in the meantime was SoCon positions. Trump never seemed very Social Conservative back in the day. He seems genuinely MORE of a SoCon today, but still moderated. It seems genuine as well.

          1. Nice explanation Kenny. One I know quite well. I’m just tired of typing it over and over. Anyone that links to bullshit like that above is not worth spending time on. They like the GOPe deep state control and wish to keep it that way.

            1. I’m just wondering why they bother with coming here to Cold Fury. This whole thing was hashed out a long time ago here and no one here now is going to buy what they’re selling.

              1. They keep trying to peddle the same shit they tried to peddle in 2016. Didn’t work then either, but they are not very bright.

  3. Everyone has that one idiot they listen to, but shouldn’t.
    Even Trump.
    More’s the pity when it’s family.

    1. The worst part is he actually did do some good late in the game. The Abraham Accords were at least heavily attributed to him, perhaps actually by him, perhaps merely he was involved, either way, those were a good idea and he was at least heavily involved with them.

      And it is hard to tell a family member they’re an idiot. At least if you have any class or decency whatsoever.

      Maybe Trump learned (waaay too late) that the guy was a problem (and or how much of a problem he was)… maybe he was late to realize that the guy simply had to be dealt with… but to save face (for himself too, after all, he was stupid enough to listen to the idiot for 3 full years!) he put him into that instead of just firing him outright.

      1. The Abraham Accords 
        Ah, too far down I see it’s already mentioned. I agree with your assessment.

  4. I’m not sure that how much faith I put in many of the claims in the article. Some seem very plausible and I’m just not sure, others seem less likely.

    Except, of course, the root issue. Clown Prince is frankly an understatement.

  5. Kushner is a grifter. His only friend was Pence. Now there is a pos that needs to be kept from ANY podium. Kushner is done and good riddance

    1. Who told us that, Pence?

      Everybody hates Jared. I’m his only friend.
      – Pence

      With friends like you…
      – Jared.

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