Recent reporting that Michael G. Flynn, the son of Trump’s short-tenured National Security Advisor, likely is a subject of Robert Mueller’s investigation highlighted again that running a political campaign or a country like a family business imports unique risks.
This is a lesson that Donald Trump also seems determined to teach us. Indeed, the kids (including kids-in-law) have long seemed to be the thread that Mueller and Congress will pull to unravel the Trump presidency.
The danger is that none of us is fully rational about our kids’ abilities or detached from their pain. An ignorant man, such as Trump, is particularly prone to assuming that a talented family member can handle any challenge. Jared Kushner – a man whose real life abilities feature inheriting money, buying a small newspaper, and accumulating crushing debt to pay too much for real estate while wearing monochromatic suits and ties and refraining from speaking – can bring peace to the Middle East, reinvent government, and conduct diplomacy with China and Mexico. Read more