Ivanka Trump for press secretary

Someone give this woman a real job

President Trump, Ivanka Trump, and Jared Kushner.
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Nepotism is a funny thing: We all like it, and we all hate it. We like it on a small scale — say, when we can patronize a family-run bakery or hire a plumber whose business name ends with "& Sons" — and we very much like it when it happens to us, as when a friend hooks you up with a job at their work. But we hate nepotism when it happens on a large scale — and by "large" I mean involving significant quantities of money or power, especially state power — and we especially hate it when it doesn't work.

President Trump's employ of his favorite daughter, Ivanka Trump, and her husband, Jared Kushner, as senior advisers in the White House fits both latter bills. The couple vaulted from a cushy life of family-provided luxury in New York City to a cushy life of family-provided power in the nation's capitol. And aside from Kushner's admirable work in pushing federal prison reform across the desk of a president with a terrible record on justice, it is not clear that Trump fille and her husband are doing the country any good.

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