Meet Jared Kushner: Son-In-Law To President Trump
Donald Trump is a man who prefers to live out loud. The billionaire real estate developer splashes his last name across the front of buildings—in gold—across the world. He lets words spill out of his mouth—even if those words could be considered highly offensive or flat-out racist, on the national stage. He has no problem letting his temper flare and insults fly when he feels the need (as he has, apparently, for this entire election cycle). For decades, Trump has hopped from one press request to the next, one gold-adorned palace to another, between galas and tabloid headlines and construction projects and reality shows. That’s the gig and it’s in his D.N.A.
And that is how you know that Jared Kushner, his daughter Ivanka’s husband and a frequent campaign fixture, is related through marriage, not blood. In a lengthy Bloomberg Businessweek profile published Thursday, Kushner comes across as the anti-Trump: well-mannered, reticent, self-effacing. People close to him describe him as even-tempered, “unfailingly polite,” the sort of gentleman who opens doors. “He’s very humble and calm, always,” one of Kushner’s partners told Businessweek. After gaining notoriety for purchasing the New York Observer and paying what, at the time, was the highest price ever paid in New York City for a single Midtown tower, a CNBC anchor noted, “You’re in your 20s, and you’re a mogul already!” Kushner demurred, Businessweek reported. “You’re using that term very loosely,” he replied.
WeWork’s Adam Neumann, who is working with Kushner on a project in Brooklyn, said he often takes “cues from his behavior just to learn how to act.” Another source described him as “very unremarkable in his presence,” which, in fairness, appears to be by design. Being the blandest character among a bunch of firecrackers means the spotlight will rarely shine in your direction. And that, it seems, is what he wants. Kushner has only given one interview about his father-in-law in the whole of his 11-month-long campaign (during which even his Palm Beach butler was interviewed). All he said was that he thinks Trump would “be great.” (He did not give an interview to Businessweek, even for the profile about him.)
This is a far cry from his father-in-law, famous for calling into just about every television program to tout how smart he is, how much money he has, how well he is polling, how many people love him. The two are an odd couple, then, in some ways, which has worked. Trump has welcomed Kushner into his inner circle, often calling out his successes and singing his praises in victory speeches, as his son-in-law squirms. But Kushner isn’t shy behind the scenes, Businessweek reports, brokering meetings between the Donald and Republican power players including Rupert Murdoch, in an attempt to smooth things over after his spats with Fox News. He reportedly also helped prepare Trump’s speech for the AIPAC conference, in which he came out strong in his defense of Israel (Kushner is an Orthodox Jew; Ivanka converted to Judaism before they were married).
But the differences seem to be in delivery and demeanor, because inwardly, the similarities run deep. Both men come from real-estate dynasties and took over their family businesses. Both want a voice in New York, Trump through his years of masterfully dominating front pages and gossip pages alike, Kushner through buying his own newspaper (one which endorsed his father-in-law not so long ago). If Kushner has national political aspirations, as the Businessweek profile hints at, then perhaps he can take a cue from the Donald’s beguiling brashness, which has left him as the sole contender for the Republican nomination in 2016. And if Trump wants to transition into a mainstream candidate with a fighting chance in the general election, maybe some of Kushner’s impeccable manners will rub off on him. Then again, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
Source: Vanity Fair
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