Trump may have cobbled together a collection of largely unsavory characters to run the White House, but ultimately, his true inner circle is small. He relies on a handful of family members, including Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Even those who are deeply critical of the president try to convince themselves that his daughter and son-in-law somehow have a positive influence on his administration. After all, their efforts thwarted the reversal of important legislation protecting LGBTQ rights. But could Ivanka Trump really be the voice of reason in the White House? According to John Oliver, the answer is... not likely.
As Oliver admitted during the latest segment on Last Week Tonight, "the apple doesn't fall far from the orange." In other words, despite having a prettier, less orange face, Ivanka Trump shares several unfortunate traits with her father. She's just better at avoiding public indiscretions and making her beliefs more tolerable to the American public.
Kushner is also frequently cited as a positive influence for the Trump administration. Oliver destroyed this perception by highlighting Kushner's clear lack of experience and credentials. He also made light of claims that Kushner is a valuable White House asset due to his good listening skills. According to Oliver, "Just because you don't talk does not necessarily mean you're thinking something amazing. It can just mean that you're sitting in a meeting, staring blankly at people's moving lips."
Clearly, a lot of people agree with John Oliver; many made their stances on Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner quite obvious on Twitter.
It's nice to think that Trump's family has any chance at all of tempering the worst of his administration, but John Oliver is here to destroy those pretty lies. It's time to stop giving Ivanka Trump and her husband a pass. They need to be held to the same standard as Donald Trump, regardless of their exterior appearance or slightly more palatable behavior.
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