Jared Kushner is a 21-year-old college student. Jared Kushner also works in Canadian real estate. And they're ready to reclaim their name from Donald Trump's son-in-law.
April 2, 2021
Jared Kushner, former senior advisor to former President Trump, is finally out of the spotlight.
For two men also named Jared Kushner, this has mostly come as a relief.
“As a person, [Kushner] seems kind of like a scumbag,” one Kushner living in Florida told Insider.
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Jared Kushner remembers the first time he saw his name in a magazine.
It was 2009, and Kushner, an elementary school student in Florida, had most certainly not just married Ivanka Trump. But someone with his name had.
“Some relative sent a People magazine to my house, and they were on the cover,” Kushner said, referring to a November cover of the magazine that featured a small photo of Ivanka and Jared as newlyweds.
“I thought it was one of the funniest things in the world. I used to joke with all my friends about it: ‘If you Google me, it says I’m married to Ivanka Trump.'” Back then, he was blissfully ignorant. The only thing he knew about Ivanka was that she was Donald’s daughter.
More than a decade later, Kushner — who is now 21, and has no relation to the former senior White House advisor — doesn’t find the situation so funny. Nor is he pleased with the political performance of the man who shares his name.
After five years of being mistaken for former president Donald Trump’s senior advisor, he’s relieved at the thought of finally getting his name back, with Trump out of office and the other Kushner fading from prominence.
“My mindset at this point is eventually he’ll go away,” Kushner, who grew up in Palm Beach County, not far from Mar-a-Lago, said. “I don’t know if people will necessarily forget about him, but he won’t be brought up. And he won’t be brought up with my name, or with me.”
‘It really is a great sort of icebreaker’
Sharing a name with a widely loathed political figure is one of those things that seems amusing at first, but can quickly descend into chaos and aggravation.
Just ask Bill de Blasio, the Long Island man who has spent the last seven years being bombarded with hate mail intended for the mayor, or Donald R. Trump, the North Carolina guy who’s had to employ several fraud protection services because people keep trying to hack his bank accounts. Other name doppelgängers, like Gerry Sandusky — one letter removed from the convicted sex offender — share similar tales of woe; still others find it mostly funny.
For the 21-year-old Kushner, a college senior, things really ramped up during the 2016 presidential campaign. He enjoyed it at first. Kushner and his family watched NBC News every night, and they’d get a kick every time his name was mentioned. But when people wouldn’t stop bringing up the other Kushner to him, it started to get old.
The coincidence was intensified by the fact that Kushner’s grandfather is named Charles Kushner — just like Jared Kushner’s father, who spent two years in prison for illegal campaign contributions and tax evasion.
“He gets stuff all the time, like people calling their house. He deals with it, too,” Kushner said of his grandfather. When Trump pardoned the other Charles Kushner in December 2020, “I called my grandpa — I was like, ‘Congrats on the pardon.'”
Meanwhile, in Canada, another man named Jared Kushner has found that his name can be both a blessing and a curse. (A third Jared Kushner, a New York cardiologist, declined to be interviewed.)
Around 2015, he remembered being informed of his name twin by a friend. “She was like, ‘Oh my god, you’re famous, right?’ It just slowly increased from there.”
The Canadian Kushner, 28, works in commercial real estate, where colleagues and clients are sometimes impressed by his name (never mind the other Kushner’s reputation for slumlord practices in the real estate world).
“People are typically pretty excited to get my business card if they’re familiar with the name,” he said. “They’ll send it to their friends, they’ll take a picture of it: ‘Oh, I met Jared Kushner today.'”
In fact, Kushner suspects his name has been a benefit to his career, since it gets real estate people’s attention.
“Some people like the idea of having that conversation and saying, ‘We got Jared Kushner!'” he said. “They’ll choose to call me instead of other people solely based on my name… To some degree, it really is a great sort of icebreaker to have that conversation with clients.”
Both Jared Kushners said their name wreaked havoc on their social media profiles