Back when Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, America got to know not just him but also his family, in part because he installed his close relations in important administrative positions, which is always a sign of a leader who isn’t corrupt at all. Most notably, his daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner were made key advisors to the president, although their exact titles and responsibilities shifted during their tenures (again, totally not a red flag).
Earlier this week, Donald Trump announced that he will be running for president again in 2024. But a lot of people who you would think would be in his corner seem hesitant to support him this time around. Some prominent Republicans are blaming Trump for the party’s underwhelming showing in the recent midterm elections, key Evangelical leaders are accusing the former president of having “used” them, and Jared and Ivanka are backing away slowly, hands in the air, wanting no part of any of this.
“This time around, I am choosing to prioritize my young children and the private life we are creating as a family,” Ivanka wrote in a statement, per Uproxx. “I do not plan to be involved in politics. While I will always love and support my father, going forward I will do so outside the political arena.”
Why won’t Jared and Ivanka advise Donald Trump again? Ask Ned Stark
And that’s fair enough. Remember when Trump lied about the results of the 2020 election so blatantly and often that he inspired a mob of deluded sycophants to storm the U.S. capitol building and a bunch of people died? Remember that? How that happened? I don’t think I’d wanna be in that guy’s next administration, either, should it come to be.
And apparently Jarad has found the perfect metaphor to express this. According to a profile in Vanity Fair, he and Ivanka have been rewatching Game of Thrones. They were watching the series premiere, and they got to the part where King Robert Baratheon comes to Winterfell and offers the position of Hand of the King to his old friend Ned Stark, who has since gotten married, had kids and settled into a comfortable life in the North. But eventually he relents and agrees to accompany the king back to his seat of power in King’s Landing.
“Don’t f*cking do it, Ned!” Jared Kushner reportedly yelled at the screen, since he knows what happens to Ned by the end of the season. “Don’t f*cking do it!” Whenever friends ask Kushner whether he and Ivanka will join Donald Trump in Washington, D.C. should he win the presidency again, he tells them this story.
So there you go: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump won’t help out Donald again because they fear suffering a similar fate to Ned Stark.