Jared Kushner says Trump's policies can help address the problems Black Americans have been 'complaining' about, but they have to 'want to be successful'

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  • Jared Kushner on Monday told "Fox & Friends" that Black Americans had to "want to be successful" to benefit from his father-in-law's policies.

  • "President Trump's policies are the policies that can help people break out of the problems that they're complaining about," Kushner said. "But he can't want them to be successful more than they want to be successful."

  • The president's son-in-law also suggested that divisions in the US were a result of people "virtue signaling" after George Floyd's death.

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The White House senior advisor Jared Kushner said on Monday that Black people in the US had to "want to be successful" for them to benefit from President Donald Trump's policies.

"One thing we've seen in a lot of the Black community, which is mostly Democrat, is that President Trump's policies are the policies that can help people break out of the problems that they're complaining about," Kushner said during a "Fox & Friends" interview. "But he can't want them to be successful more than they want to be successful."

The notion that Black people do not want to be successful is a racist stereotype, and Kushner's comments sparked outrage on social media.

"Trust fund baby slumlord Kushner who has enriched himself in the WH takes the silver spoon out of his mouth long enough to insert his foot with a racist trope about Black people and success," Rep. Gwen Moore, a Black Democrat representing Wisconsin's 4th Congressional District, tweeted in response to Kushner. 

Kushner, the president's son-in-law, was born into wealth and had no experience in politics before Trump tapped him to be a top advisor in the White House. He's been one of Trump's biggest cheerleaders in Washington, DC, and has spearheaded several Trump administration policy initiatives despite a lack of expertise.

"What you're seeing throughout the country now is a groundswell of support in the Black community, because they're realizing that all the different bad things that the media and the Democrats have said about President Trump are not true, and so they're seeing that he's actually delivered," Kushner said during his Monday appearance on Fox.

Trump has consistently polled poorly among Black Americans. The latest Gallup polling found the president's approval rating among Black Americans at 12%. And Black Americans have overwhelmingly backed former Vice President Joe Biden in the 2020 election.

During the "Fox & Friends" interview, Kushner also suggested that divisions plaguing the US were a result of celebrities and others "virtue signaling" after the May 25 police killing of George Floyd spurred nationwide protests over racism and police brutality.

"You saw a lot of people who were just virtue signaling," he said. "They would go on Instagram and cry, or put a slogan on their jersey or write something on a basketball court, and quite frankly that was doing more to polarize the country than it was to bring people forward."

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