Donald Trump reportedly regrets following advice given to him by his son-in-law Jared Kushner, according to a report from Axios.
Going forward, Trump plans to follow his own instincts and reject policy ideas from Kushner that he does not agree with, including police and criminal justice reform, even though Kushner is the point person on those matters.
But Trump believes Kushner’s advice has hurt him politically and at this point, he’s over Kushner’s “woke shit”, one person who spoke with Trump told Axios.
Trump never really wanted criminal justice reform. Kushner advised to support it. Trump now regrets that decision and is worried that his administration’s work on the issue will not win him any new black support.
With Trump not listening to Kushner, the weak police reform legislation he signed in the weeks following the death of George Floyd will likely be the best the WH has to offer. Trump has made it clear that he supports the police and will likely take no further steps to restrain them.
Instead, he is turning his ire on protesters. He has called for the arrest of anyone damaging statues and over the last 24 hours, he promised to veto any defense spending legislation if it involves removing the names of confederate generals from military bases. Just this morning, he called ‘Black Lives Matter’ a “symbol of hate.”
Trump is not one to believe in polls, so expect his rhetoric on this issue to become much more incendiary as we draw closer to the November presidential elections. Despite the polls showing that a majority of Americans disapprove of his rhetoric during the protests, Trump actually believes that there is a ‘silent majority’ of people who agree with his actions. One source told Axios: “He truly believes there is a silent majority out there thats going to come out in droves in November.”
So. yeah don’t expect this to stop anytime soon.
Image: Pablo Marintez Monsivais/AP