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Jared Kushner, An Orthodox Jew, Defends Father-In-Law Donald Trump

Trump has faced allegations of anti-Semitism.
Posted at 10:58 AM, Jul 07, 2016

"My father-in-law is not an anti-Semite."

That's how Jared Kushner opened a letter to the public about his father-in-law, Donald Trump, who's received a flood of criticism for a tweet that showed Hillary Clinton in front of a pile of money and what looked like a Star of David. 

Kushner went into his family's background with the Holocaust to argue there's a difference between "actual, dangerous intolerance" and what he called accusations of racism to "score political points."  

Ultimately, Kushner's main argument was that he knows Trump while the media doesn't. 

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He was partly addressing Dana Schwartz, a journalist at the newspaper Kushner owns. In her open letter published the day before Kushner's, Schwartz noted Trump edited his tweet, replacing the star with a circle. 

But he also added the hashtag "America First," which was the name of a movement led by white supremacist Charles Lindbergh during WWII.

Trump's original tweet was actually a repost. The meme with the star was published beforehand on a neo-Nazi internet message board.

Kushner argued his father-in-law has staff who tweet for him, and while they might have been careless, they don't poll-test every statement Trump makes. 

For her part, Schwartz said she doesn't believe Trump is anti-Semitic. The problem for her is Trump didn't condemn those who are. Instead, he condemned the media

Trump said Wednesday deleting the alleged Star of David tweet was a mistake and called those who were offended by it "sick." 

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