A lot of people have been wondering how an average guy like Jared Kushner ever got admitted to Harvard. And now we know the answer: it was because his felon-father (legally) bribed the renowned institution so he could go there.
Yesterday the news broke about a massive college admissions bribery investigation, involving children of CEOs and Hollywood celebrities. This has resulted in a renewed focus on how Donald Trump’s son-in-law got into the highly selective school in Cambridge, MA.
Kushner works for the United States as a top aide to his daddy-in-law the president, even though he has zero qualifications for the job he was given.
It turns out that Kushner’s acceptance to the Ivy League school has previously been investigated as part of the 2006 book The Price of Admission written by ProPublica editor Daniel Golden.
The book examined how wealthy people buy their children into prestigious schools with donations. One such donation was made by Kushner’s father, real estate developer Charles Kushner.
Golden wrote a follow up story about the president’s son-in-law in 2016 after Trump won the presidency. He described in detail how Jared was admitted to Harvard after a $2.5 million donation that Charles Kushner pledged to Harvard in 1998. (Note: the donation was fully tax-deductible by Kushner.)
Soon after the donation, according to Golden, Jared was accepted to the prestigious school.
Golden said at the time that Kushner’s high-school teachers didn’t think he was Harvard material, writing:
“There was no way anybody in the administrative office of the school thought he would on the merits get into Harvard,” a former official at The Frisch School in Paramus, New Jersey, told me. “His GPA did not warrant it, his SAT scores did not warrant it. We thought for sure, there was no way this was going to happen. Then, lo and behold, Jared was accepted. It was a little bit disappointing because there were at the time other kids we thought should really get in on the merits, and they did not.”
Golden also disclosed how he uncovered a pervasive scheme in which “the rich buy their under-achieving children’s way into elite universities with massive, tax-deductible donations.”
One odd thing uncovered about the Kushner donation was that unlike other large gifts to the school, Harvard hadn’t sent out press releases announcing the $2.5 million gift. The donations from Kushner were discovered only after subpoenas from federal authorities made them public.
Jared Kushner Has No Qualifications and Is A Danger to the United States
Nobody is saying that what the Kushners did to get Jared into Harvard was illegal. But it does point out that the man in charge of Middle East peace negotiations for the United States has greatly benefited from nepotism.
There is no evidence that Jared Kushner is qualified for what he does, but there is plenty of evidence that he has been using his position in the U.S. government to further his own financial interests, and is possibly selling out his country in order to make money.
Jared Kushner got where he is through family connections, and that is a very bad thing for the United States of America.
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.