Kushner is a Slumlord in Baltimore

Kushner is a Slumlord in Baltimore July 29, 2019

How ironic that Trump has decided to attack Elijah Cummings and the city of Baltimore as such a horrible, rodent-infested place that no human would want to live there given that his own son-in-law and senior adviser owns almost 9000 apartments in that city and has faced numerous lawsuits and code violations for, among many other things, those apartments being infested with mice.

His criticism rang with a particular irony in Baltimore County, where the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner owns more than a dozen apartment complexes that have been cited with hundreds of code violations and, critics say, provide sub-standard housing to lower income tenants.

In an interview Saturday, Baltimore County Executive John A. Olszewski Jr. condemned Trump’s comments as “an attack on basic decency.”

“It is certainly ironic that the president’s own son-in-law was complicit in contributing to some of the neglect that the president purports to be so concerned about,” Olszewski (D) added…

In 2017, Baltimore County officials revealed that apartments owned by Kushner Cos. were responsible for more than 200 code violations, all accrued in the span of the calendar year. Repairs were made only after the county threatened fines, local officials said, and even after warnings, violations on nine propeties were not addressed, resulting in monetary sanctions.

In an investigation by the New York Times and Pro Publica published earlier that year, tenants of Kushner Cos. properties reported mouse infestations, mold problems and maggots. A private investigator who looked into Kusher’s property management company, Westminster Management, described them as “slumlords.”

It seems almost pointless to point out Trump’s hypocrisy, like it’s a given at this point. He just says whatever he thinks he needs to say at any given time to attack his critics, and if those attacks implicate him and those in his family, he simply does not care. All politicians are probably hypocrites to some extent. Heck, all human beings probably are. But most of us actually think it matters to be consistent and we try to do so. Trump does not, nor has he ever. It’s like all the lies he tells, he does not care if you catch him at it. By the time you call him out for it, he’s told a dozen new lies. He just buries us in so much BS that pointing out the latest shovelful seems like an exercise in futility.

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