Mr. Jared Kushner
1 Whitehall Street
New York, NY 10004
November 11, 2016
Dear Mr. Kushner:
Congratulations to you on the victory of your father-in-law becoming the President-Elect. The election was fair and the people have spoken. However, this election has left a deeply divided country, many of us fearful because of things Mr. Trump has said and the groups that allied with him. We must see the repudiation of racism and bigotry, and Donald Trump must extend the hand of peace and wholeness.
You have claimed that Donald Trump is not an anti-Semite. However, his words of divisiveness preyed on the fearful and the hate mongers. Groups such as the Alt-Right, White Supremacists, and the Ku Klux Klan have rallied to your father-in-law, finding permission to boldly and blatantly express their despicable views. This cannot be abided.
You uniquely have the president-elect’s ear as a confidante and advisor. You must use your position to speak on behalf of those genuinely fearful of persecution and loss of civil rights under the protection of a Trump Administration. The values you hold as an American and a Jew are antithetical to hatred and bigotry. Your full-throated voice must be raised to help heal and bring our country together, reassuring all our citizens that they are safe, that their civil rights are intact and sure, and that all of us enjoy the full protection of the law with dignity.
Rabbi David Levin