Stephen Colbert corrects Jared Kushner’s success story on coronavirus

Jared Kushner (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Jared Kushner (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) /

After Jared Kushner declared President Donald Trump’s handling of COVID-19 a success, Stephen Colbert responded.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the White House response have been described in many different ways. A “success” was not one of them. That is until Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner shared his thoughts. In turn, Stephen Colbert shared his thoughts on Kushner and more.

Kushner called President Trump’s pandemic response a “success story” on Wednesday. The comments came a day after the number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases in the U.S. exceeded one million.

Anyone who has been watching late night television since the end of Jan. knows that Kushner’s opinion isn’t widely shared. Late Night with Seth Meyers ripped President Trump’s response in Feb., Jimmy Kimmel Live! has ridiculed the White House’s response, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert has been relentless in pointing the finger at President Trump and his administration.

So it is not all that surprising that Colbert would jump at the opportunity to respond to Jared Kushner. President Trump’s son-in-law and advisor found himself the subject of Wednesday night’s monologue:

Backlash and criticism from late night hosts and others are starting to spread well beyond just President Donald Trump. We saw this during “A Closer Look” from Seth Meyers that targeted Vice President Mike Pence for not wearing a mask when visiting the Mayo Clinic.

Now it has turned to Jared Kushner. And like Vice President Pence, Kushner’s attempt to please President Trump is what lands him in late night’s crosshairs. Colbert delivers Kushner a reality check by citing more Americans have died from COVID-19 than died in the Vietnam War.

Kushner’s Fox and Friends appearance especially caught Colbert’s attention because it is more proof for his ongoing theory on President Trump. The Late Show host has argued that President Trump’s plan now is to rewrite history so that is the hero who stepped up when no one else would. Kushner also wants this version of the story to be told and frames the pandemic response as a success.

But as usual, Stephen Colbert is going to let President Trump get his way. The comedian has fact-checked, corrected, and rebutted every attempt by the president to spin the news or change the narrative. And given the state of affairs, it seems unlikely that Colbert will need to do much to get the public on his side of the story.

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