With Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner enjoying senior roles in Donald Trump’s controversial White House, supermodel Karlie Kloss has spent the past four years trying to maintain a polite public distance from their politics while being married to Jared’s brother, Joshua, and openly talking about her progressive views.
Kloss learned Wednesday, however, that a polite distance only goes so far when it comes to the Trumps – especially after Ivanka Trump and other family members publicly supported Trump’s false claims of election fraud, fomenting mob violence at the US Capitol that incoming President Joe Biden called insurrection and others called an attempted coup.
Kloss tried to share her horror at events unfolding in Washington DC by tweeting: “Accepting the results of a legitimate democratic election is patriotic. Refusing to do so and inciting violence is anti-American. ”
When someone told Kloss she “should tell her sister and brother-in-law,” she replied, “I tried.” Kloss’s response was notable because she has never explicitly said anything critical about her husband’s in-laws.
Kloss’s response didn’t go down well with a lot people, who said she and her husband appear to have maintained strong social and even financial ties with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. They also noted that Trump recently pardoned her father-in-law, Charles Kushner, a real estate mogul who served two years in prison for illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion, and witness tampering. (On Wednesday, Charles Kushner expressed concerns about Trump’s behavior this week telling a friend in an email, the president is “beyond our control,” the New York Times reported. However, like Kloss, Kushner tried to keep those thoughts to himself.
Her father in law also got a pardon from Trump. I’m sure she and her husband weren’t upset about it.
– Dem Majority 🌊 😷 🇺🇸🍩 (@ FlipBlue2020) January 7, 2021
I’m sorry, I just can’t with you. You married into that horrific family. I’m sure you mean well, but you’re a part of it by association and choice.
– 💞🐖💞 (@ TardisGirl10) January 7, 2021
Kloss has loyal fans, and they expressed sympathy for the beleaguered supermodel, saying she’s a “decent” person herself who, with Joshua Kushner, supports good causes. They said she can’t be judged by her in-laws and said she is in the same position as many who have married into a family with different politics or an embarrassing history.
As somebody who has a lot of family that support Trump, I can’t blame Karlie for this. She can talk and talk and talk to Ivanka and Jared and it won’t matter.
– Brittany Jean Louise (@TripwithBrit) January 7, 2021
The less sympathetic told Kloss to “Try harder.”
Keep trying. Use your platform to publicly shame them. You can do it, I know it! 💪❤️
– Dodes (@racheld) January 7, 2021
Others said Kloss knew the family she was marrying into, with one user tweeting, “She (married into the family) willingly. She gets no points from me. ”
People then detailed the different ways they suspect Kloss and Joshua Kushner are still tight with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, citing messages Ivanka Trump has posted on social media over the years, congratulating Kloss on her engagement to Joshua Kushner or cheering her on when she became the host of “Project Runway.”
– Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) March 15, 2019
The socializing between the couples appears to have continued even after Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s senior roles in the Trump White House made them pariahs in the liberal elite New York circles they, Karlie and Joshua all used to move in.
Karlie Kloss and Joshua Kushner had Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner stop by their celebrity-studded wedding celebration in Wyoming in June 2019 – ahead of the arrival of their Trump-averse celebrity friends, including Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom. The wedding happened to be the weekend before Ivanka Trump, as White House senior adviser, joined her father at the G-20 summit in Asia and horrified US foreign policy experts by inserting herself into delicate diplomatic talks with world leaders, including with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Two months later in Rome, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner joined Karlie Kloss and Joshua Kushner at the high-society wedding of their mutual friends, fashion designer Misha Nonoo and oil company heir Michael Hess. The wedding’s guest list also included Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Misha nonoo @mishanonoo – Lunch With Ivanka Trump @IvankaTrump, Karlie Kloss @karliekloss, Wendi Deng Murdoch @theWendiMurdoch and Scooter Braun @scooterbraun in Rome 09-21-2019 https://t.co/lpsSJydAey pic.twitter.com/r7dcTjOEnT
– CelebJar (@JarCeleb) September 21, 2019
That same year, Nonoo, Hess and Joshua Kushner were guests at Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s 10th wedding celebration at Camp David, Vanity Fair reported in November.
In that report, Vanity Fair also quoted a former friend of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, who said: “Everyone with self-respect, a career, morals, respect for democracy, or who doesn’t want their friends to shame them both in private and public will steer clear. ”
More recently, it was learned that Karlie Kloss and Joshua Kushner had purchased a $ 23.5 million estate in Miami. That purchase will make them neighbors of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, who spent $ 30 million for a lot on ultra-tony Indian Creek Island, one of Miami’s most Trump-loving neighborhoods.
Most problematic to some are reports that Joshua Kushner’s business interests and wealth – and therefore, Kloss’s wealth – are tied up with Jared Kushner.
For Karlie Kloss, the debate among her fans will continue, with some saying she has no power over the actions of her in-laws, but others say:
She’s complicit- her husband and father have benefited. Everyone who’s saying that family can disagree must be ‘glossing’ over the facts
– dextweets (@ dextweets1) January 7, 2021