Coronavirus: Seth Meyers calls Jared Kushner ‘nepotism case not qualified to do anything’

Follows Kushner’s claim that ‘New York doesn’t need all the ventilators’ in coronavirus battle

Adam White
Friday 03 April 2020 08:43
Seth Meyers eviscerates Jared Kushner on The Late show

Seth Meyers has slammed Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner over his handling of the coronavirus crisis.

Appearing on his US talk show, which is being recorded in his spare room amid TV production lockdown in New York, Meyers described Kushner as “the guy Slender Man has nightmares about”.

Kushner had received criticism earlier in the evening (2 April) by appearing to downplay fears over lack of medical supplies to fight the pandemic.

It had previously been reported that Kushner had said “New York doesn’t need all the ventilators”.

“I have all this data about ICU capacity,” Kushner reportedly explained in a White House meeting this week. “I’m doing my own projections, and I’ve gotten a lot smarter about this.”

Meyers shot back at the reports.

“Oh, you’re doing your own projections? Did your parents just buy you a TI-84?” Meyers asked.

“You’re not qualified to do anything, let alone tell New York how many ventilators they need. You’re a nepotism case and you only got the White House job because you married into the family.”

Meyers continued: “I hope when the time for accountability comes, we can all remember that it didn’t have to be like this.

“Other countries responded to this pandemic with competence and they avoided the worst. Now, we’re bracing for an unimaginable tragedy and as we speak, the president is leaving besieged states and hospitals to fend for themselves, putting lives at risk.”

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