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Jared and Ivanka: Moderates? Forget it. These vacuous looters epitomize the Trump presidency

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They were careless people, Tom and Daisy -- they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was the kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.
-- F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Great Gatsby"

In the new book "Kushner, Inc." by Vicky Ward, Jared and Ivanka -- people so famous everyone refers to them by their first names -- are revealed as exactly what one would expect: spoiled, arrogant, narcissistic, corrupt and recklessly overconfident. As tempting as it is to mock them, it would be a mistake. These two vacuous socialites are a perfect reflection of the inept celebrity president who sits in the White House where all three wield unimaginable power over the lives of every person on this planet.

For Donald Trump to bring his daughter and son-in-law into the White House at all is inappropriate. Everyone knows that nepotism is a poison in any organization but it becomes truly noxious in one as chaotic as the Trump administration. You can't fire your own relatives if they screw up, and the hierarchy is always skewed by their special access to the top. It's possible that a mature, seasoned, intelligent leader could handle such a situation with some finesse. Needless to say, President Trump is not that.

I think most people believed early on when he brought the two into the administration that it was more a security blanket than anything serious. He didn't really understand how the government or the presidency worked and it was........

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