Jared Kushner, a White House adviser and son-in-law to President Donald Trump, reportedly said that Trump "knows Republicans are stupid."
Elizabeth Spiers, the former editor of the Kushner-owned New York Observer, tweeted a Facebook posting on May 28 in which she recalled a conversation with Kushner about Trump's repeated false allegations that President Obama was not born in the U.S., also known as "birtherism," notes GQ:
I told Jared that I was particularly appalled by his father-in-law's birtherism stance, which I viewed as cynical and racist. He rolled his eyes and said, "he doesn't really believe it Elizabeth. He just knows Republicans are stupid and they'll buy it." And sadly, he was apparently right ... Trump did not con Democrats; he conned -- and is still conning -- his base.
Spiers tweeted the copy of her original Facebook posting with a new caption: "My response to a right-wing blogger who called me a kook and a loser for stating that Donald Trump is a liar / water is wet."
GQ noted the possible ramifications of the Spiers' Facebook posting, if it is true:
And as frustrating as that is -- and make no mistake, it is "punch a wall" -- level frustrating -- it's important to note that just because we know that he's lying to his base doesn't mean that we know what he actually believes. We are in a web of lies that is too tangled to decipher. And that's the scariest thing of all.
A man who is constantly lying to everyone he meets is a dangerous man to represent the United States on the world stage. If other countries can't trust even the most basic of statements from our president, then we are in a terrifyingly unstable moment in history.
Kushner has not commented to GQ, but the White House has been vigorously defending him amid reports that he set up back channel communications with the Russian government before Trump was sworn in as president, notes The Hill.
Press secretary Sean Spicer told the White House press on May 30 that the reports about Kushner "are not substantiated by anything but anonymous sources that are being leaked out," but he added a defense of back-channel communications: "[I]n general terms ... back channels are an appropriate part of diplomacy."
Spicer would not confirm any details of a December 2016 meeting between Kushner and the Russian ambassador, or what Trump knew about it.