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Hillary Clinton fires smug shot off to Jared Kushner over delaying the election, gets hit with blowback

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Two-time presidential failure Hillary Clinton took President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to task in a tweet Wednesday after insinuating that he has the power to decide whether or not the November elections take place.

In response to a New York Times story claiming that Kushner “doesn’t rule out delaying 2020 election,” Clinton wrote: “I can’t believe I have to write this sentence, but the president’s son-in-law doesn’t get to decide when the election is.”

The Times’ story lede noted:

Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and a senior White House adviser, refused on Tuesday to rule out postponing the presidential election in November, a comment that fed directly into Democratic concerns that President Trump might use the coronavirus crisis to delay or delegitimize the contest and one that contradicted Mr. Trump himself.

“I’m not sure I can commit one way or the other, but right now that’s the plan,” Kushner reportedly told Time magazine, supposedly in response to a question about whether the November elections would be postponed due to the continued prevalence of COVID-19, even assuming that it’s still around.

But what’s maddening is that the Times’ reporters — Annie Karni and Maggie Haberman — literally took that one comment from Kushner out of context, which means that Clinton did, too.

Time noted in the sentence before publishing Kushner’s quote that any decisions about election dates are way above his pay grade:

When asked if there was a chance the presidential election could be postponed past November 3 due to the pandemic, Kushner said that isn’t his decision. “I’m not sure I can commit one way or the other, but right now that’s the plan,” he said.

But the two ‘reporters’ took him out of context intentionally with their lede and headline: “Kushner, Law Aside, Doesn’t Rule Out Delaying 2020 Election.”

Never mind that President Trump himself has flatly dismissed Democratic ‘concerns’ that he is considering delaying the election.

Interestingly, the Times reporters went on to note: “Doubts about a smooth voting process in November have increased as states have canceled or postponed presidential primary elections to avoid the spread of the virus.”

Why is that noteworthy? Because Democrats have been the ones who have delayed primaries ‘due to coronavirus.’ In fact, they were apoplectic in March when Wisconsin refused to delay its primaries despite the rising coronavirus outbreak at the time.

Tuesday evening, Kushner himself pushed back against the out-of-context narrative. “I have not been involved in, nor am I aware of, any discussions about trying to change the date of the presidential election,” he said.

A White House official also reportedly told the Times Kushner’s aware that the presidential election date is set in legal stone.

So why the story in the first place? Only the Times can answer that question but it seems fairly obvious that it was an attempt to mislead its readers and an intentional one at that.

Besides, as the story noted, Kushner — like his president father-in-law — has been bullish on reopening the country anyway.

“I think you’ll see by June that a lot of the country should be back to normal, and the hope is that by July the country’s really rocking again,” he said.

As for Clinton, she got rightly owned online.

Jon Dougherty

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