On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver claimed that President Trump’s daughter and son-in law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, have been duping America. Trump has given the two moderates very high profile roles in the White House, and many Americans think that’s a good thing because they can control the president, but there is little evidence that they will.
In an interview with Gayle King, Ivanka said, “My father agrees with me on so many issues, and where he doesn’t, he knows where I stand.” She then added, “I think most of the impact I have over time most people will not actually know about.”
“Oh, well, that’s convenient!” said Oliver. “So we should just give her credit when good stuff happens, and blame others when bad stuff happens? That’s not a job description of a political adviser, that’s a description of an Old Testament God. And that answer there enables you to project whatever you want onto her based on secondhand rumors and assumptions.”
“The truth is: We may all be thinking that Ivanka is doing a lot more than she actually is, although the same can emphatically not be said of her husband, Jared Kushner,” Oliver pointed out, moving on to Kushner.
Kushner has been tasked with the small feats of brokering peace in the Middle East and completely revamping the federal government. As Oliver explained, there is absolutely no reason for Americans to believe he is capable of even coming close. The best argument in his favor is that he is not Trump or Bannon, but that isn’t saying much.
In other words, if Ivanka and Jared “are the reason you are sleeping at night, you should probably still be awake.”