Observer Owner Jared Kushner Responds to Employee: Trump ‘Is Not an Anti-Semite’

TrumpObseObserver publisher and Donald Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner has responded to his employee’s open letter, saying unequivocally “My father-in-law is not an anti-Semite.”

“It’s that simple, really. Donald Trump is not anti-Semitic and he’s not a racist,” he added.

Observer entertainment writer Dana Schwartz published an open letter Tuesday to her boss, asking that he respond to Trump’s failure to apologize for — and indeed, his attempt to blame the media for — the decision to tweet out an anti-Semitic image sourced from a message thread that trafficked in white supremacist and neo-Nazi memes.

Kushner wrote:

The fact is that my father in law is an incredibly loving and tolerant person who has embraced my family and our Judaism since I began dating my wife. His support has been unwavering and from the heart. I have personally seen him embrace people of all racial and religious backgrounds, at his companies and in his personal life. This caricature that some want to paint as someone who has “allowed” or encouraged intolerance just doesn’t reflect the Donald Trump I know.

Kushner also wrote that, “If my father in law’s fast-moving team was careless in choosing an image to retweet, well part of the reason it’s so shocking is that it’s the actual candidate communicating with the American public rather than the armies of handlers who poll-test ordinary candidates’ every move.”

Although Trump has previously generated controversy by retweeting images from white supremacist accounts (many many many times), the image that used the Star of David to accuse Hillary Clinton of corruption, in fact, tweeted from Trump’s own account — and was not a retweet, as Kushner falsely claims.

“At least Kushner admitted the jewish star tweet was a mistake, and a careless one, even if he’s unwilling to address the hate it inspired,” Schwartz responded on Twitter. She also noted Kushner’s error in ascribing the Star of David tweet to a “retweet.”

To Kushner’s claim that Schwartz needed “to get out there and meet some of those people ‘outside their ken,'” Schwartz offered a rejoinder:

Kushner finds himself in a tough spot as an overt supporter and advocate for his father-in-law while attempting to quell revolts at his struggling media entity. You can read Kusher’s complete response to Schwartz here.

Sam Reisman (@thericeman) is a staff editor at Mediaite.

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