Jared Kushner: Republicans are Stupid and Trump Never Believed in Birtherism
This is being called a bombshell:
“In an explosive interview, former New York Observer Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Spiers said that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and White House senior advisor Jared Kushner told her that Trump never believed the “birther” conspiracy theory, but found it effective because “Republicans are stupid and they’ll buy it.”
How big a bombshell is this really? What I mean is does this matter to the Trump base? Or maybe they just refuse to believe it.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean nothing hurts Trump’s support. That’s an Urban Legend Nate Silver has debunked.
“A widely held tenet of the current conventional wisdom is that while President Trump might not be popular overall, he has a high floor on his support. Trump’s sizable and enthusiastic base — perhaps 35 to 40 percent of the country — won’t abandon him any time soon, the theory goes, and they don’t necessarily care about some of the controversies that the “mainstream media” treats as game-changing developments.”
“It’s an entirely reasonable theory. We live in a highly partisan epoch, and voters are usually loyal to politicians from their party. Trump endured a lot of turbulence in the general election but stuck it out to win the Electoral College. The media doesn’t always guess right about which stories will resonate with voters.”
“But the theory isn’t supported by the evidence. To the contrary, Trump’s base seems to be eroding. There’s been a considerable decline in the number of Americans who strongly approve of Trump, from a peak of around 30 percent in February to just 21 or 22 percent of the electorate now. (The decline in Trump’s strong approval ratings is larger than the overall decline in his approval ratings, in fact.) Far from having unconditional love from his base, Trump has already lost almost a third of his strong support. And voters who strongly disapprove of Trump outnumber those who strongly approve of him by about a 2-to-1 ratio, which could presage an “enthusiasm gap” that works against Trump at the midterms. The data suggests, in particular, that the GOP’s initial attempt (and failure) in March to pass its unpopular health care bill may have cost Trump with his core supporters.”
The hardcover Trump base is not 40%. It’s probably more like 20%. Richard Nixon never got beneath 20%.
But for those who believed in the birther stuff, will this change their minds? Maybe they’ll just refuse to believe Trump really said that.
“Melber asked Spiers on Sunday about Kushner and his famous father-in-law’s embrace of “birtherism” — the conspiracy theory that former President Barack Obama was born in Kenya and was not a U.S. citizen and to confirm something she revealed in her writing.”
“I told jared I was particularly appalled by his father-in-law’s birtherism stance,” Melber read from Spiers’ essay. “He rolled his eyes and said, ‘He doesn’t really believe it, Elizabeth. He just knows republicans are stupid and they’ll buy it.’”
“He really said that to you?” Melber asked.
But it still is ambiguous. Even if Kushner did say this how did he know Trump believed that? Was he presuming or did he hear that from Trump?
But it's disgusting either way. The only palatable response would have been, "yes, I find it appalling too and I don't agree with him."
— Elizabeth Spiers (@espiers) May 28, 2017
What is clear is it did work and the GOP is stupid and racist.
P.S. As we saw in my poll out last week, the long awaited poll results are in, and right now I’m just 11 points down vs. Peter King (GOP-NY-District 2). And the voters don’t even know who I am yet.
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