Jared Kushner’s bad week just got a little weirder.
On Sunday, Politico reported that the presidential son-in-law and adviser corresponded with top White House officials through a private email server (and he wasn’t the only one). On Monday, a prankster impersonating the real estate scion — apparently convincingly — asked his lawyer what to do with pictures “featuring adult content” he said he had received. The lawyer responded: “Don’t delete. Don’t send to anyone. Let’s chat in a bit.”
The news on Wednesday was different, but nonetheless eyebrow raising: When Jared Kushner registered to vote in 2009, he apparently identified his sex as female.
Democratic opposition research group American Bridge spotted the error, which was first reported by Wired.
It prompted any number of questions.
There were only two options on the New York voter registration form he filled out: M, for male, and F, for female.
Did he mean to register as a female? Was it unintentional? If so, how did he mess that up?
A spokesperson for Kushner did not respond to a request for comment. Prior to 2009, his New Jersey voter registration noted his gender as “unknown,” The Hill reported.
It’s not the first time Kushner has run into trouble with important paperwork.
This summer, The Washington Post reported that three times, Kushner had filed updates to his national security questionnaire because of missing information.
The first time his national security questionnaire was submitted Jan. 18, the form did not list his foreign contact and got the dates of his graduate degrees and his father-in-law’s address wrong.
The news that he had registered to vote as a woman also struck some as ironic given Trump’s emphasis on rooting out allegedly rampant voter fraud, which he has so far failed to identify.
Kushner’s misstated gender likely does not constitute a voter fraud, according to Loyola Law School professor Justin Levitt.
“There has to be an intent to give the false information,” Levitt told Wired. “If he (for some reason) knowingly registered as a woman — for what purpose, I could not guess — that might be described as voter fraud, though it would have negligible effect on the determination of his eligibility, and so wouldn’t amount to much anyway.”