]Jared Kushner continues to astound.
As a senior advisor to President Donald Trump, he could be one of the most powerful people in the White House, holding an extensive portfolio that includes reforming the federal government and bringing peace to the Middle East peace. But he’s also become an important focus of several investigations into Russian interference in the most recent presidential election. On top of all that, he’s worth hundreds of millions of dollars and is married to Ivanka Trump, one of the most polarizing women in America today.
Finally, he barely speaks in public, probably because he’s been mocked on social media as sounding like an “Arrested Development”-era Michael Cera. But the fact that we rarely hear his voice or never see him — like his wife and her family — adds to his aura as a man of mystery.
But on Wednesday, we learned something else that adds to this aura, Wired magazine is reporting.
It is that Jared Kushner is a woman. Or rather, Jared Corey Kushner’s gender is ”female,” according to records held by the New York State Board of Elections, Wired reported.
Where the record lists “gender,” the field says “female.” (On a side note, where the record shows “party affiliation,” it says “None declared.”) The records furthermore show that Jared has been voting as a woman since first registering in 2009; he last voted in the Nov. 8 presidential election.
Wired writer Ashley Feinberg naturally wondered how Kushner, who no doubt considers himself to be a proud father of three, came to be listed as female in his voter registration records.
“Unfortunately, there’s absolutely no way to know for sure, because he has yet to provide Wired with a comment,” Feinberg said. CNN added that the White House declined to comment on Wired’s report.
Absent any response from Jared or the White House, Feinberg offers several possible reasons for how this apparent gender misstatement came to be, and we’ll add one or two. The possible explanations are:
- Jared is, in fact, female.
- Jared is a victim of Russian hackers.
- The New York State Board of Elections messed up in its records-keeping.
- Jared is is up to something nefarious. How about voter fraud? That, of course, would be interesting, considering that Trump’s White House has been fixated on allegations that rampant voter fraud took place during the 2016 election
- Jared, once again, screwed up filling out his paperwork.
We can see no. 3 happening, but Feinberg said no. 5 seems to be the most likely explanation, given all that’s known about the challenges Jared has had in filling out forms to get his job in the White House.
Numerous news reports have chronicled the multiple attempts Jared has made to update the disclosure form needed to obtain a White House security clearance.
Jared’s paperwork issues have definitely compounded suspicion over his contacts with foreign officials, notably with Russians with possible ties to the Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin.
Back in January, Jared listed zero names on the section of the form that asked about foreign contacts, CBS reported.
He later claimed his team had accidentally hit send before he had a chance to fully fill it in, though Wired cited a Washington Post report that said the form also showed the wrong dates of Jared’s graduate degrees. The form also omitted Trump’s address. Jared submitted a supplemental form acknowledging that the original form was incomplete the following day.
Kushner in May again tried to fix his security clearance form — adding more than 100 calls and meetings with foreign contacts, Wired said. He then had to update the form yet again when it came to light that he had attended a Trump Tower meeting in June 2016 with his brother-in-law Donald Trump Jr., then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who had allegedly offered damaging information about Hillary Clinton.
“How, exactly, Kushner managed to bungle the form multiple times has been the subject of much debate, as well as of his own testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee,” Feinberg said. “But regardless of the cause, his apparently chronic inability to correctly fill out boxes is troubling coming from the man who’s supposed to overhaul the entire United States government.”
Brad Beinum, a spokesperson for American Bridge, a liberal opposition research hub and the group that first identified Jared’s voter registration slip-up, added to the view that Jared’s paperwork problems are troubling. These issues certainly make it questionable that he should have so much White House influence, Beinum told Wired.
“Kushner can’t even fill out the most basic paperwork without screwing it up, so it’s a mystery why anyone thinks he’s somehow going to bring peace to the Middle East,” Beinum said. “Would anyone but the president’s son-in-law still have a West Wing job after repeated disclosure errors and a botched a security clearance form?”
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