In an interview with Axios on HBO aired Sunday night, Kushner claimed that Democrats who called the president racist weren’t serious and that Trump had never been a racist before he stepped into office.
“You can’t not be a racist for 69 years then run for president and be a racist,” he said. “And what I’ll say is that when a lot of the Democrats call the president a racist I think they’re doing a disservice to people who suffer because of real racism in this country.”
Axios then delved into two instances that happened in the 69 years before Trump became president, both of which Kushner didn’t have a response to.
The first was on birtherism, an effort by Trump to discredit former President Barack Obama by claiming he was born in Kenya. Trump frequently demanded to see the president’s birth certificate and brought the wild conspiracy theory into the mainstream.
When asked if the effort was racist, Kushner refused to give a straight answer. Four times.
“Look I know who the president is and I have not seen anything in him that is racist,” Kushner said in one of the responses. “So again I was not involved in that.”
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Kushner was also grilled on Trump’s campaign effort to promise to ban foreign nationals from predominantly Muslim countries later dubbed the “Muslim ban.”
Kushner refused to answer a question on if the effort was religiously bigoted.
“Look, I think that the president did his campaign the way he did his campaign,” he said.