Kushner distances himself from Jan 6 violence


Kushner wrote that he was flying back to Washington, D.C., from Saudi Arabia when he got a call from attorney Eric Herschman saying rioters had stormed the Capitol…reports Asian Lite News

Former President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner has sought to distance himself from the January 6 Capitol Hills insurrection, the focus of the Congressional committee’s investigations on Trump’s alleged dereliction of duty to call off the mob, in his latest book “Breaking History”.

The book has got mixed reviews from the US media, but the New York Times has almost trashed the book in a critical review.

Jared Kushner, married to the Trump’s favourite daughter Ivanka Trump, distances himself from the events of January 6, 2021, when a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol to try to stop Congress’ Electoral College vote count of the 2020 election results sealing Trump’s defeat.

Kushner wrote that he was flying back to Washington, D.C., from Saudi Arabia when he got a call from attorney Eric Herschman saying rioters had stormed the Capitol. But Kushner’s assessment of the riot, which led to multiple deaths and scores of injuries, is that the White House could not have known there would be violence that day.

“The violent storming of the Capitol was wrong and unlawful. It did not represent the hundreds of thousands of peaceful protesters, or the tens of millions of Trump voters, who were good, decent and law-abiding citizens,” Kushner wrote, says The Hill in its report.

“What is clear to me is that no one at the White House expected violence that day. I’m confident that if my colleagues or the president had anticipated violence, they would have prevented it from happening,” he continued.

But today, New York Times’s Dwight Garner reviewed what may become a historic take down. It’s scathing and hilarious at the same time. And the net here is that “Breaking History” sits on the amazon bestseller list at 1,800, showing no sign of interest with five days to go.

Garner writes: “‘Breaking History’ is an earnest and soulless – Kushner looks like a mannequin, and he writes like one – and peculiarly selective appraisal of Donald J. Trump’s term in office. Kushner almost entirely ignores the chaos, the alienation of allies, the breaking of laws and norms, the flirtations with dictators, the comprehensive loss of America’s moral leadership, and so on, ad infinitum, to speak about his boyish tinkering (the “mechanic”) with issues he was interested in.”

Passages that came up for critical review were some like this. “After more than 600 peaceful Trump rallies, these rioters gave Trump’s critics the fodder they had wanted for more than five years. It allowed them to say that Trump’s supporters were crazed and violent thugs. The claim was as false as the narrative that the violent Antifa rioters who desecrated American cities that summer were representative of the millions of peaceful demonstrators who had marched for equality under the law.”

Kushner’s assessment that nobody in the White House expected there to be violence on January 6 stands in stark contrast with the findings of the House committee investigating the attack.

‘Breaking History’ is the latest memoir from a Trump administration official, this one from the former president’s son-in-law who also served as senior adviser in the White House and on his 2016 and 2020 campaigns.

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