There is no low they won’t go. That should be emblazoned on the Trump coat-of-arms, because if any phrase encapsulates their philosophy and behavior, it is that. Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump rented a 5,000 square foot home in the exclusive Kalorama neighborhood in Washington, D.C. They had 6.5 bathrooms, but wouldn’t let the Secret Service men and women protecting their lives use any of them. Washington Post:
Instructed not to use any of the half-dozen bathrooms inside the couple’s house, the Secret Service detail assigned to President Trump’s daughter and son-in-law spent months searching for a reliable restroom to use on the job, according to neighbors and law enforcement officials. After resorting to a porta-potty, as well as bathrooms at the nearby home of former president Barack Obama and the not-so-nearby residence of Vice President Pence, the agents finally found a toilet to call their own.
But it came at a cost to U.S. taxpayers. Since September 2017, the federal government has been spending $3,000 a month — more than $100,000 to date —to rent a basement studio, with a bathroom, from a neighbor of the Kushner family. […]
The episode in Kalorama is unusual because of the lengths to which the agents’ exile took them. In addition to their reliance on the restrooms used by fellow agents assigned to the Obamas and Pences, the detail occasionally popped into neighborhood businesses to avail themselves of the facilities.
“It’s the first time I ever heard of a Secret Service detail having to go to these extremes to find a bathroom,” said one law enforcement official familiar with the situation. [,,,]
The blockade of precious street parking spaces by the Trump/Kushner Secret Service detail roiled the neighborhood early in 2017. The porta-potty erected for agents further enraged residents unaccustomed to such sights on stately Tracy Place NW. As the Trump administration enters its final days with the president impeached a second time for inciting a deadly attack on the Capitol, eyes in Kalorama are peeled for the sight of moving trucks.
I am certain that the residents of this upscale neighborhood will be toasting each other with champagne when they see Jared and Ivanka go down the street for the last time. They’re trailer trash with cash. They have everything that money can buy and nothing that money can’t buy, but that you need to live a good life. They have no decency.
There are some wealthy people like this. I remember an incident in Brentwood where a cleaning lady somehow ran into a glass sliding door and cracked open her forehead. She then went to another door in the house and her employers wouldn’t let her in. They didn’t want her to bleed on the wood floors. They didn’t care that she was injured and bleeding, their only concern was how it affected them and they didn’t want her to bleed there. Go bleed someplace else, bitch.
I was in law school at the time and working part time for a high powered lawyer who worked out of his Brentwood home and I heard this from the neighbors. We were appalled. This was inhumane. But then I remembered F. Scott Fitzgerald’s comment, “The very rich are different from you and me.” Yeah. Some of them seem to have lost their humanity outright.
I have known some very wealthy people. Probably the wealthiest home I was ever in was the estate of Patrick Reynolds, the heir to R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, in Bel Aire. I didn’t know Patrick well, but he was a decent guy who wouldn’t have done this kind of a thing — and I’m talking about both the cleaning lady incident and Jared and Ivanka with the toilets. I also visited Playboy Mansion West on two occasions and Hefner wasn’t this kind of an a$$hole, either. He wouldn’t have done this.
Wealth is a dividing line in our culture and always has been, no question. But the dividing line described here is not one that’s on anybody’s ledger, unless it is on Almighty God’s. And if that’s the case, good luck to Jared and Ivanka. Because you can’t take it with you — not the money. Religionists say that what earns you your ticket to heaven is your character and your good deeds on this earth. If that’s the case, don’t look to see Jared and Ivanka anywhere near the pearly gates. The good that they’ve done in the world could be rolled up and stored in a gnat’s navel and still have room left over for Donald Trump’s brain.