6 Family Members of Trump’s Staff Who Criticized the President

Family members often don’t agree on politics, but it’s rare to see these disputes play out in the public eye. If you’re related to a high-profile politician and disagree with the job he or she is doing, conventional wisdom says to zip your lips for the sake of decorum.

With Donald Trump leading the country, however, we are no longer in an era of decorum. Rather than seeing children, spouses and siblings of prominent White House staffers staying mum, we are increasingly witnessing these family members publicly stating their opposition to Trump.

Here are 6 relatives of top White House officials who can’t help but speak up, even if it embarrasses their loved ones:

1. Jennifer Detlefsen

Detlefsen is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and the adult daughter of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. When Trump declared that transgender people would no longer be permitted to serve in the military, Detlefsen took to her Instagram account to vent her frustration:

“This man is a disgrace. I’ve tried to keep politics out of my social media feed as much as possible, but this is inexcusable. This veteran says sit down and shut the f*** up, you know-nothing, never-served piece of s***. #itmfa #wtf “ [#itmfa is an increasingly popular internet acronym for Impeach the Mother-F***er Already]

Obviously, Detlefsen didn’t hold back. When asked for an interview on her feelings by CNN, she declined but sent back a great, to-the-point statement: “My views are my own and not at all related to my father’s position; millions of other people have said the same as I did, and more eloquently. The thousands of transgender military service members who are under attack by this administration are the ones who should be given a chance to have their voices heard.”

2. George Conway

Conway is an attorney and the husband of Kellyanne Conway, a controversial top aide to President Trump. In June when Trump got angry at his DOJ for trying to water down his signature Muslim travel ban and threw a tantrum on Twitter, Mr. Conway couldn’t help but weigh in with a tweet of his own:

“These tweets [he links to Trump’s] may make some ppl feel better, but they certainly won’t help OSG get 5 votes in SCOTUS, which is what actually matters. Sad.”

Of course, the press reported on this tweet and Conway went into damage control, commenting that he still supports the president as well as his wife, but that as a “sensible lawyer” he felt compelled to point out that Trump’s tweets undermine the administration and don’t make the ban any more constitutional.

Despite Mr. Conway’s assurance that he backs the president, it’s impossible to miss how he mocked Trump in his initial tweet by concluding it with his signature “Sad.” It doesn’t seem like a stretch to conjecture Conway has some animosity for a president who constantly makes blunder then sends Conway’s wife out to mitigate the mess, making her look like a fool in the process.

3-6. Joshua Kushner, Karlie Kloss, Marc Kushner and Jacob Schulder (Or Pretty Much All of Jared Kushner’s Family)

We’ll start with Joshua Kushner, Jared’s brother. Before the election, Joshua put out a statement before the election that as a “lifelong Democrat” he would not be casting his vote for Trump. Following the inauguration, Joshua was also spotted at the anti-Trump Women’s March in D.C.

Karlie Kloss isn’t technically family to Kushner yet, but she has been dating Joshua for over five years and has been photographed at multiple events with her boyfriend’s brother. She also made it clear she was voting for Hillary Clinton despite being close friends with Jared and Ivanka.

During Trump’s campaign, Jared tried to downplay accusations that Trump was a bigot – an issue that has obviously not gone away since – by saying that because his Jewish grandparents survived the Holocaust, there’s no way he would support an intolerant man.

Marc Kushner, an architect and Jared’s first cousin, wrote on Facebook, “I have a different takeaway from my grandparent’s experience in the war. It is out responsibility as the next generation to speak up against hate, anti-Semitism or otherwise.”

Jacob Schulder, another of Jared’s cousins, added, “That my grandparents have been dragged into this is a shame. Thank you Jared for using something sacred and special to the descendants of Joe and Rae Kushner to validate the sloppy manner in which you’ve handled this campaign… For the sake of the family name, which may have no meaning to you but still has meaning to others, please don’t invoke our grandparents in vain just so you can sleep better at night. It is self serving and disgusting.”

If people just one degree of separation from Trump can see how problematic he is, why can’t we all?


Cruel Justice
Cruel J4 days ago

EVERYONE should be criticizing Herr Trump.

Janis K
Janis K5 days ago

Thanks for sharing.

heather g
heather g6 days ago

Most people speak out, but he needs some action that he can understand - he's immune to criticism.

Winn A
Winn A6 days ago


Winn A
Winn A6 days ago

I hope these people will continue to speak out when they disagree with the president. He is the Bully, White Supremacist, and Hater in Chief. Shame on him.

Helene L
Helene L6 days ago

Glad to know that people close to the Trump affair actually have some decency, character, integrity and intelligence.

Leo C
Leo Custer6 days ago

Thank you for sharing!

Brian F
Brian F6 days ago

The corrupt Democrats caused this fraud Trump to be elected by becoming corrupt and corporate owned like the Republicans, cheating Bernie Sanders out of his primary, lying about the Nevada convention, and anointing their horribly corrupt corporatist and war monger Hillary, who most people hate. Bernie Sanders is the most popular politician in America with a 61% approval rating and it’s time for the corrupt Democrats to stop blocking honest progressives like Nina Turner, Tulsi Gabbard, Alan Grayson, or Bernie Sanders from having any power, so they can continue their corruption. The corrupt Democrats also must end their horribly unfair super delegate rule, that gives the incumbent over 400 super delegates before even having a challenger, which makes it extremely hard for a challenger like Bernie Sanders to beat their anointed corporate establishment crook. It’s time for progressives like Nina Turner, Tulsi Gabbard, Elizabeth Warren, Alan Grayson, and Bernie Sanders to take over the corrupt Democratic party, end its corruption, and terminate all their corporate establishment crooks like Nancy Pelosi, who refuses to support single payer universal healthcare, because she is bought and paid for by big pharma, and our criminal healthcare industry, like the Republicans.

Debbi -
Debbi -W-7 days ago

I'm glad those didn't get bought out or bullied into joining trump's followers At least those people sound intelligent, which should exclude them from his followers.

I don't understand how anyone with an I.Q. over 100 would vote for that lying conman who can't form a decent sentence, doesn't read and does NOT know actually know what he's signing when he make a big show in an attempt to "LOOK" presidential. Sad, sad, so sad.

sandra m
sandra m7 days ago

probably if you counted the actual number of staff family members, you would have to change the headline to "only 6"