"My father-in-law is not an anti-Semite," New York Observer owner Jared Kushner writes in an op-ed in which he explains why he is standing by the powerful billionaire whose daughter he is married to. "Accusations like 'racist' and 'anti-Semite' are being thrown around with a carelessness that risks rendering these words meaningless," Kushner writes in the piece, which is a response to an open letter from Observer writer Dana Schwarz asking her boss what he is going to do about Trump's "Star of David" tweet. Trump is "an incredibly loving and tolerant person who has embraced my family and our Judaism since I began dating my wife," writes Kushner, who blames the tweet on a "fast-moving team" that "was careless in choosing an image to retweet."
Kushner, who married Ivanka Trump in 2009 and has three children with her, notes that his own grandparents are Holocaust survivors and describes their horrific wartime experiences. He says the Trump he knows does not encourage intolerance, but is "instinctively pro-Jewish and pro-Israel." Kushner adds that it is absurd to hold Trump "responsible for the views of everyone who supports him." Schwarz, however, thinks the views of some of the more extreme Trump supporters shouldn't be ignored. "While I respect his family's back story immensely, the point that he completely failed to address was that racist people flock to Donald Trump—he's the candidate for them," she tells the New York Times. "If Donald Trump really is as pro-Jew and pro-tolerance as he claims, then why is that the case?"