Petty: Chris Matthews complains Jared Kushner has car and driver
Is there anything—anything!—about which the MSM won’t criticize the Trump administration?
Q. Is there anything—anything!—about which the MSM won’t criticize about the Trump administration? A. No, judging by the mind-bogglingly minuscule, absurd and hypocritical thing that Chris Matthews has found to carp about.
On his Hardball show of May 30th, Matthews got bent out of shape over the fact that Jared Kushner . . . might have a car and driver take him to work at the White House. After video rolled of Kushner emerging from what is presumably his DC home and getting into an SUV with someone at the wheel, a vexed Matthews said:
“Does Kushner have a driver and a car? How does that work? He works in the White House as one of the staffers. Does he get a car and a driver? It looks like some sort of SUV that takes him to work . . . This is pretty high-level stuff here. It looks like he’s some sort of major security official.”
Kushner is a government employee whose official title is “senior adviser to the President.” Guess who held the same position in the Obama administration? Yup: Valerie Jarrett. Jarrett famously received a Secret Service detail and was driven to work by government drivers. Can you remember Chris carping about that? Neither can I.
At the end of his outburst, Matthew said, “anyway, small point.” Right. But not too small for Chris to kvetch about.
CHRIS MATTHEWS: I’m impressed by something I just saw. Does Kushner have a driver and a car? How does that work? He works in the White House as one of the staffers. Does he get a car and a driver? It looks like some sort of SUV that takes him to work. Do we know about that?
REPORTER: I’m not aware of that.
MATTHEWS: Adam? I’m watching it right here in front of me. This is pretty high-level stuff here. It looks like he’s some sort of major security official. Anyway, small point.
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I have little doubt that before he came to D.C., Kushner was driven most everywhere. That is what rich people do. There was a big thing that Crooked Hillary had not driven a car in, what, 25 years now. I doubt that Trump has driven anything except a golf cart in that time either (though in his defense, that was his money paying for car and driver, and not ours, as with Clinton).
No surprise here. This is about the usual “quality” of reporting from Tweety Matthews.
Poor little thing went from having a thrill up his leg to a pain in his gluteus maximus.
A friend of mine, who lives and works in DC (as a lobbyist), commented that one of the big things that he noticed when Obama took over from GW Bush was that the number of (mostly black) SUVs seemingly everywhere downtown, often double parked, seemed to have exploded. If you are going to be driving yourself through downtown DC in the middle of the day, you aren’t going to be driving a Suburban. Ever try to park one of those things? (I had one, and currently drive a Tahoe, which is a shortened Suburban. Wouldn’t want to drive either one in downtown D.C.). My guess is that most of them are part of security details.
This is a long way of saying that Matthews is a pretty blatant hypocrite, complaining about a top White House aide having a driver and probably security detail – esp when the rest of his family likely has Secret Service protection, when numerous Obama flunkies, much less important, had similar perks.
Which brings up another point – I would suggest that the Kushners are probably the most vulnerable members of the Trump family. They are, by far these days the most visible, and the most closely identified with Trump himself. There they were, prominently, on Trump’s recent foreign trip. There Jered was at Trump’s shoulder at the Western Wall, with his wife, Ivanka, and step mother-in-law Melania in the background. Etc. With the craziness right now on the left, I would suggest that the Kushners, thanks to their high visibility, need round the clock protection more than probably anyone else in the Administration, who isn’t living in the White House.
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