A couple of years back, Jared Kushner’s father, Charles Kushner, was good and fed up with the media for what he believed were hugely unfair characterizations of his firstborn son. Channeling his rage, Kushner the Elder sat down and wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post in which he chastised the press for its “baseless” attacks on young Jared, insisting that not only was the then first son-in-law a genius businessman but that he made “a substantial financial sacrifice” to go work at the White House and serve his country. And by “substantial” “sacrifice,” Chuck apparently meant “could’ve made half a billion in a calendar year but settled for a pedestrian $120 million.” (Perhaps if you ungrateful schmucks had been aware of that, you wouldn’t have thrown Kush and his father-in-law away so quickly.)
Government watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington examined Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s final financial disclosure reports and found that between January 1, 2020, and January 20, 2021, the couple earned between $23,791,645 and $120,676,949 in combined outside income. Now that may sound like a lot to your average peon but know this: The couple clearly struggled just as much last year as you did. While Jared was busy trying to scare off the pandemic with his MBA and Ivanka was spending quarantine taking courses in Greek and Roman mythology and learning to play the guitar, they were no doubt also wiping away tears. For the small country they hoped to buy just for the f–k of it and wouldn’t be able to afford:
If you‘re not rich, you probably can’t understand, but it’s a lot harder to go from making between $36 million and $157 million to between $23 million and $120 million than it is to work three minimum-wage jobs. No, it’s not like being among the 20.5 million people who had to file for unemployment in April—the same month Jared said the U.S. was at the start of its “comeback”—and sure, Javanka weren’t going without food like millions of Americans but…they might as well have been! Sure, they were still able to plunk down $30 million for a plot of land on a private island in Florida and rent a condo for what appears to be at least $39,000 a month until their new gazillion-square-foot house is built but just barely! Thankfully, though, things weren’t all bad:
The point is, Jared and Ivanka know what it’s like to suffer and they know what it’s like to make sacrifices, and honestly, if there were any justice in this world, Joe Biden would call them up and offer them a couple of Presidential Medals of Freedom for basically living paycheck to paycheck.
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