Nepotism In and Around the White House | The Daily Show


The truth is,
your name could be a big reason that you get a leg up in life. Like, I know for a fact, I know the only reason
I got to where I am today is probably because
my great-great-grandfather built the Ark.
Like, I… you know? I accept that.
What can I say, man? My great-great-gramp,
he loved boats and watching animals (bleep). -(laughter)
-Now, with that said… That’s what he was doing
on the boat. Th-That’s… it’s normal. Now, with that said,
with that said, you can’t deny…
it’s not a good look that a Ukrainian company
hired Hunter Biden just months
after Joe Biden became the Obama administration’s
point man on Ukraine, because it looks very much
like he got this business because
of his father’s position. And I understand
why a lot of people would complain about that. What I don’t understand
is why these people are complaining about that. Let’s talk about
the double standard. What do you guys think
would happen if Donald Trump Junior went to China and came back with 1.5 dollars? No, no, not $1.5 billion, just 1.5 dollars. Can you imagine if I took
three cents from the Ukraine or four cents from China? I mean, it’s-it’s unbelievable. We gave up our entire business so my father could run
for president. We don’t do anything
overseas anymore. We gave up… We didn’t have to. Do you see me on any boards?
Do you see Don on any boards? Do you see Ivanka on any boards? Okay, first of all,
I’m not surprised nobody has put
Beevis and Forehead on any corporate boards. (laughter and applause) That’s-that’s not,
like, a… a scandal. That’s not a thing. I don’t even think they’re
allowed on diving boards. It’s just like, “No, Eric, “you’re jumping
off the wrong end. Jump into the wet part, dude.” And secondly, and secondly, if there was ever an example
of people who got opportunities because of their names,
it’s these two. I mean, Donald Trump Jr.
just got paid $50,000 to give a speech at a college. If he wasn’t Donald Trump’s son, why else would they
be asking him to speak, huh? To share his expertise
on bad beards, huh? Uh, or would it be more like,
“Ladies and gentlemen, “a man who once sat
on a tree stump. Don Jr.” He’s like, “So, what happened
was my bunions were acting up, “and there was no chair
in sight, “but then I remembered
someone once told me “stumps are okay to sit on. Thank you. Good night.” (laughter) Also, also, if Trump’s sons
are actually concerned, like, truly concerned about children of politicians
doing business overseas, then can someone
please explain to me why they’ve been doing this? NEWSWOMAN: Trump promised
no new foreign deals, but that hasn’t stopped
his family from continuing business
overseas. The Trumps have plowed ahead
with deals in India, Indonesia, Uruguay
and the Philippines that were already in the works
before Trump took office. NEWSWOMAN 2: By Wednesday,
Eric Trump will have gone to four countries
on Trump company business since January 1. In early January,
it was a trip to Uruguay for a glitzy party
to promote a new property. NEWSMAN: This morning,
Donald Trump Jr. is in India to promote Trump-branded condos
in two cities there. As a business,
we’re gonna continue to run. We have incredible assets
all over the world, uh, that we’ll continue
to operate and to grow. Yeah, that’s right.
Even with their dad in office, the Trumps are still growing
their business in places like India,
Philippines, Indonesia, Uruguay. They’re all over the world.
It’s like The Amazing Race with no running and no chins. Don and Eric are doing
so much international business, it almost feels like
Donald is just trying to not spend time with his sons,
you know? It’s almost like he’s like,
“Boys, I’ve got a new business for you to take care of.
It’s on Mars.” He’s like, “But, Dad, there’s
no way to get back from Mars.” “And I appreciate
your sacrifice. Bye-bye.” (laughter) And I know this is crazy to say,
I know this is crazy to say, but at least Donald and Eric are one step removed
from the presidency, because there are
other Trump children who are in business
and government. NEWSWOMAN: Jared Kushner
and Ivanka Trump’s roles in the White House opened up
another potential avenue for foreign influence. Officials
in at least four countries talked about ways
they could manipulate Kushner, in part by taking advantage of his complicated
business entanglements. NEWSMAN:
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner took in as much as $135 million
in revenue last year. That includes almost $4 million
Ivanka Trump pulled in from her stake
in the family hotel here near the White House where diplomats
and foreign dignitaries spend big money. NEWSWOMAN 2:
Last year, China approved more than a dozen trademarks for Ivanka Trump-branded
products. The timing,
just as the U.S. and China were trying to restart
trade talks, raised eyebrows. Okay, come on. China approved
a dozen trademarks for Ivanka right as her dad was negotiating
trade deals with China? You can’t tell me
that’s not suspicious timing. I mean, it’s like
how right before Christmas, my mom said that
a horrible accident happened at Santa’s factory. Yeah. How do this… How does this
happen every year, Mom? Huh? They need to look into
safety regulations at the factory,
or I’ll never get my toys. And China does not mess around
with its trademarks. That would… That’s what
you have to understand. For instance, Michael Jordan
had to fight for four years to trademark himself. Yeah. The Chinese courts argued that this
was not Michael Jordan. Yeah. They were like,
“No, that could be anyone.” They were like, “Yeah,
I was jumping the other day. Who knows? That’s me.
That could be me.” That’s how crazy they are
about trademarks. And, I mean, that’s wild.
This would be like saying that this isn’t Don Jr. I mean, no one else has ever sat
on a stump like that. -(cheering and applause)
-We know who that is. Stump man, stump man, stump man. Now, let’s be clear.
Let’s be clear. I’m not defending Hunter Biden. I don’t know him.
I don’t know about his business. All I’m saying
is that the last people who should be talking
about the blurred lines of family names
and political influence are the people currently running
their home office from the White House.

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