Who knew that the entitled Trump son-in-law (and future felon) Jared Kushner has a brother who is a good guy? I sure didn’t, and I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t read it in an article in Axios.
Just this morning Axios reported that Josh Kushner — brother of Jared — has quietly donated $50,000 to March for Our Lives an event organized by the student survivors of the Valentine’s Day high school shooting in Parkland, Florida. The March for Our Lives will be held in Washington, D.C. and 500 other locations around the globe on March 24th.
Josh — “the good Kushner brother” — is a venture capitalist and entrepreneur. He founded Thrive Capital, a venture capital firm, Oscar, a health insurance company, and Cadre, a real estate investment platform. So he’s a successful capitalist, but that doesn’t mean he’s a jerk like his brother. Apparently you can do well and also do good. It’s nice to see a Kushner supporting an important social cause instead of running around the world getting hundreds of millions of dollars in questionable loans from foreign countries who want to buy influence in Washington.
While Josh is supporting a great cause, Jared’s father in law is supporting a questionable solution to school shootings that gun control advocates don’t support. Trump’s bill would allow school systems to have armed employees in schools. The president is also supporting two bills currently being considered in Congress. These bills would supposedly improve the nation’s background check system while also authorizing a $50 million outlay for school safety improvements.
The Republican plans do not speak to many of the important issues which gun control advocates support, such as a ban on bump stocks and raising the minimum age required to purchase a rifle to 21.
Trump and Republicans in Congress also want to set up a commission to identify grant money for school systems to issue concealed-carry permits to some school employees.
Needless to say, school superintendents, principals, and teachers all over the country would prefer that Congress authorize money for schools to be used in actual education rather than to appease the NRA. Schools need money for repairs, supplies, teacher pay, and many other priorities, not more guns.
I am a lifelong Democrat with a passion for social justice and progressive issues. I have degrees in writing, economics and law from the University of Iowa.