Threat or Bad Word Choice? John Podesta Warns Jared Kushner to Wear Kevlar Vest
John Podesta, the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s failed 2016 presidential campaign. posted a tweet Tuesday evening warning senior Trump administration advisor–and presidential son-in-law–Jared Kushner that he “better start wearing his kevlar on his back.”
John Podesta, official White House photo via Wikipedia.
Podesta made the comment about a Washington Post article hit piece on Kushner published Tuesday. Podesta’s full comment reads, “Seems like those “unnamed sources peddling second-hand hearsay with rank speculation that continue to leak inaccurate information,” came straight from 1600 Penn. Jared better start wearing his kevlar on his back.”
Seems like those “unnamed sources peddling second-hand hearsay with rank speculation that continue to leak inaccurate information,” came straight from 1600 Penn. Jared better start wearing his kevlar on his back. https://t.co/Aps6BEkJDd
— John Podesta (@johnpodesta) February 27, 2018
In normal times Podesta’s Kevlar comment would be seen as a way of talking about someone being undermined by White House colleagues–‘backstabbed’ would be the proper term.
However, given the current climate of political violence, murder and mass shootings, some online are taking Podesta’s comment as something sinister in the wake of repeated violent attacks on Trump supporters, the unsolved murder of DNC worker Seth Rich, the mass shooting attack on GOP congressmen and the recent mass shootings in Las Vegas and Parkland, Florida.
A sample of the milder reactions:
Kevlar? Sounds like Podesta is issuing a clear threat to Jared Kushner. https://t.co/4MepdOMM8O
— PolitiDiva™ (@realPolitiDiva) February 28, 2018
— Social Claude (@SocialClaude) February 28, 2018
— Laura (@211Pine) February 28, 2018
A Republican who warned a senior Obama official he “better start wearing his kevlar on his back” would be hounded by Democrats and their media allies no matter the context.
Being that he is a well connected Democrat who served in high ranking positions in the Bill Clinton and Barack Obama administrations, Podesta will likely be given a pass by the media for what at best is an incedibly bad choice of words in the current violent political climate.