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Kushner Under Fire for Saying Black Americans Have to 'Want to Be Successful'

CNN analyst Franita Tolson remarked on Twitter, 'To be sure, 'Black people are lazy' from a person born on third base is not the closing argument I expected, but it is 2020'

White House adviser Jared Kushner listening as President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the White House, April 2, 2020.
White House adviser Jared Kushner listening as President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the White House, April 2, 2020. Credit: Alex Brandon/AP

U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner says the president wants to help Black people succeed but that they have to want to be successful for the policies to work.

“But he can’t want them to be successful more than they want to be successful,” Kushner said on “Fox & Friends” on Monday.

He said Black people are mostly Democrats, but are starting to see that Trump’s policies can help them solve problems they have complained about for years.

Critics were quick to pounce on Kushner's remarks, many calling him out for hypocrisy as his father Charles Kushner is a billionaire real estate developer. CNN analyst Franita Tolson remarked on Twitter, "To be sure, 'Black people are lazy' from a person born on third base is not the closing argument I expected, but it is 2020."

George Conway, a founder of the Lincoln Project, wrote, "I think he really wants another billboard" - alluding to the recent spat between Kushner and the group over billboards criticizing Kushner and the Trump administrations response to the coronavirus.

Kushner also criticized people who raised their voices after the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died in police custody, but then didn’t follow through and work to find ways to improve the lives of Black people in America.

“You saw a lot of people who were just virtue signaling -- they go on Instagram and cry, or they would, you know, put a slogan on their jersey or write something on a basketball court,” Kushner said. “Quite frankly, that was doing more to polarize the country than it was to bring people forward. You solve problems with solutions.”

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