Perhaps no figure embodies the bizarre state of US politics better than Jared Kushner.
With Trump's victory in November, the bland and unremarkable 36-year-old real estate tycoon went from being a virtual nobody -- the husband of Trump's daughter Ivanka and, like Trump himself, the pampered heir to his father's business empire -- to a key powerbroker in the new administration.
In his new role as senior adviser, Kushner has influence over some of the most significant areas of world politics -- tasks normally reserved for people who spent their careers on them -- from US policy in the Middle East to solving the US opioid epidemic to restructuring the American executive state.
But more important than the "experience" question, Kushner is a shining example of the web of hypocrisy, contradiction and intrigue surrounding Trump himself and his promises to rejuvenate American capitalism.
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