Apparently, in the case of Kushner, that's not quite true, at least at this moment. NBC News reports:
The Donald Trump transition, already off to slow start, bogged down further Tuesday with the abrupt resignation of former Congressman Mike Rogers, who had been coordinating its national security efforts.I understand why Kushner would have a problem with Christie, but it's not as if this is a new fact about him that suddenly came to light. Kushner learned to live with Christie's presence throughout the campaign. Maybe that was painful -- but if he's going to make a move against Christie, now is not the time. The transition is very important to the future of the country, It needs to go smoothly. Apparently Kushner's act of vengeance could wait until Election Day, but couldn't wait until Inauguration Day. Why?
Two sources close to Rogers said he had been the victim of what one called a "Stalinesque purge," from the transition of people close to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who left Friday....
The purge indicates the emphasis on loyalty -- and significant influence of Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, husband of Ivanka -- that characterized Trump's campaign will carry over into his White House.
Multiple sources indicated that Christie was demoted because he wasn't seen as sufficiently loyal to Trump, failing to vocally defend him at key moments on the campaign trail.
But he has long been in a precarious position with Trump, due in part, multiple sources say, to a longstanding grudge sparked when Christie prosecuted Kushner's father in 2004. Due to Christie's investigation, Charles Kushner eventually pleaded guilty to 18 felony counts, including tax fraud and witness tampering, and was sentenced to two years in federal prison.
And why does the purge have to include Christie loyalists? Mike Rogers had nothing to do with prosecuting the elder Kushner. This is a fit of pique that seems rather ... Trumpesque.
Well, we know that Kushner has no idea how the federal government works. We read this L.A. Times report last Friday:
Kushner’s presence at the White House on Thursday drew notice from Obama’s staff when he asked, as they toured the West Wing, how many of the individuals there would remain into the next administration. Nearly all will depart along with the president.I understand that Trump himself doesn't have the patience to read anything and can't be bothered to learn how the government operates -- but if Kushner intends to be involved in Trump's administration, is anything preventing him from learning how administrations are staffed? Couldn't he at least have read up on the subject or talked to someone knowledgeable before making a fool of himself?
And we shouldn't think Kushner is a nicer guy than Trump -- as I noted yesterday, he schemed with Steve Bannon to give women who've accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault a prominent place in the audience at the second debate this year.
The gambit to give Bill Clinton’s accusers prime seats [at the debate] was devised by Trump campaign chief executive Stephen K. Bannon and Jared Kushner, the candidate’s son-in-law, and approved personally by Trump.An ignorant, vengeful real estate scion? I guess Ivanka effectively married her dad, didn't she?