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MSNBC host jokes about Jared Kushner being assassinated — then Donald Trump Jr. responds with force
Donald Trump Jr. rebukes MSNBC host Chris Matthews for seemingly approving of Jared Kushner being assassinated like Benito Mussolini's son-in-law. (David Becker/Getty Images)

MSNBC host jokes about Jared Kushner being assassinated — then Donald Trump Jr. responds with force

MSNBC host Chris Matthews came under fire this week after he seemingly appeared to approve of White House adviser Jared Kushner, also President Donald Trump's son-in-law, being assassinated.

During a discussion on his show Thursday, Matthews made clear his disdain for nepotism and the dangers he believes it poses to democracy. But during his remarks, he appeared to approve of assassination as a way to rid a government of the threat that nepotism has.

"So the son-in-law — you know, one good thing Mussolini did was execute his son-in-law. I mean, I’m talking about Ciano," Matthews said on his show.

Kushner is married to Ivanka Trump, President Trump's daughter. He serves as a senior adviser to the president and is focused on foreign policy issues.

But apparently Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is growing tired of the influence that Kushner yields in the West Wing. That is why Matthews was discussing the apparent nepotism on Thursday.

However, according to a list of salaries in the West Wing, Kushner, who was already a multi-millionaire before coming to the White House, doesn't take a salary as an adviser of the president, one of only three White House staffers to do so. His wife is one of the other three. So the claims of nepotism may be unfounded, since Kushner is not financially benefiting from his White House job.

Still, given the shape of political rhetoric in America right now, Donald Trump Jr., President Trump's first child and brother-in-law to Kushner, just couldn't let Matthews away with those comments.

After all, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) was nearly killed last month after a devout liberal opened fire on a group of congressional Republicans practicing for the annual congressional baseball game. Most attributed the shooter's extreme liberal politics as the motive for the crime.

That's why Trump Jr. didn't quite understand why more weren't outraged about Matthews' comments.

"Given this week's 'outrage' I'm trying to figure out why this is ok & no one has a problem with it? LMK Thanks," Trump Jr. wrote.

Then Trump Jr. answered his own question.

"Hint: lib double standard," he explained.

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