If you think your adult-sibling rivalry is extreme, that's another reason to be glad you're not Jared Kushner right now: His little brother, Josh Kushner, donates to anti-Trump causes, runs a health insurance startup and is dating a supermodel.
Who is Josh Kushner?
Josh Kushner, 32, is a venture capitalist whose girlfriend is Karlie Kloss, a model-of-the-moment for over a decade. He's a longtime Democrat who didn't vote for Trump in 2016. According to Axios, he just donated $50,000 to the March for Our Lives, the student-led movement of demonstrations for stricter gun laws — a policy the Trump administration does not support.
And he supports progressive causes with more than just cash: One day after Trump's inauguration, he was seen at the Women's March on Washington, D.C., which was organized in response to Trump's treatment of women.
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Josh Kushner and Oscar Health
Trump's near-obsessive efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act had to cause some intrafamily tension as well. In addition to founding the venture capital firm Thrive Capital and the real-estate investment concern Cadre, Josh Kushner founded Oscar Health, one of a number of health-insurance startups that sprang up near the passage of the ACA, anticipating a massive influx of customers required by law to buy insurance. Josh said he was inspired after spraining an ankle and being vexed by voluminous insurance paperwork; Oscar is branded and packaged toward millennials. Trump's drive to junk the ACA didn't come to pass (yet), but he was successful in two initiatives — choking off subsidies the government pays to insurers and repealing the individual mandate — both of which can't have helped Oscar's bottom line.
Considering that the public has barely heard Jared speak, it's unsurprising that Josh has kept as a low profile (or as low as possible for someone dating a mononymic model), rarely granting interviews. But in a 2017 Forbes profile, he admitted being shocked by Trump's win, and said that he had to hold more than 100 one-on-one meetings to calm sad, angry employees and investors. "Just as Jared is my family, I feel similarly responsible to everyone at my companies," he said.
Is Josh Kushner a Democrat?
He carefully addressed the dissonance between him and Jared, whom he claimed to speak with daily, stopping just shy of labelling himself a member of any political party. "It is no secret that liberal values have guided my life and that I have supported political leaders that share similar values," he said. "But neither political party has a monopoly on the truth or on constructive ideas for our country. It's important to be open-minded and learn from differing opinions."
Spoken like a true politician.