- The Washington Times - Monday, June 3, 2019

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Newsflash: Jared Kushner defends father-in-law Donald Trump during an interview with Axios that focused, for an eye-rolling bit of time, on the now-president’s previous — i.e., years previous — questioning of Barack Obama’s birth certificate.

And all the mentally competent of the nation go — umm, how is that a newsflash? Or, in Twitter lingo, WTF.

It’s a bit late in ye olde politicking game to bring up that whole birther thing, yes? After all, Trump is swinging into the campaign season — for his second term. It only seems sensible to leave behind the issues he was dogged and dinged on during his first run for the high office.

Here’s how the question-answer session went, as noted by Mediaite: Axios’s Jonathan Swan asked if Kushner had ever seen Trump do or say anything racist or bigoted; Kushner said no.

Swan: “Was birtherism racist?”



Kushner: “Look, I wasn’t really involved in that.”

Swan: “I know you weren’t. Was it racist?”

Kushner: “Like I said, I wasn’t involved in that.”

Swan: “Do you wish he didn’t do that?”

Kushner: “Like I said, I was not involved in that. It was a long time ago.”

And all the mainstream and left-leaning headlines go: “Kushner deflects questions of Donald Trump’s obvious racism.”

Come on now, people of the left.

It’s hard enough selling impeachment to the American public without dragging another dead and kicked dog named Birther on to the campaign trail.

Some things — like issues that have been long gone, left behind and forgotten — really shouldn’t be dredged to the forefront of news again.

When they’re that dead, they’re just not newsflashes. They’re not even news nuggets.

• Cheryl Chumley can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter, @ckchumley.

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