Leave it to politics to turn a show as mundane as Project Runway into the subject of a brief scandal.
During the latest episode of the long-running show, in which aspiring designers compete against each other, one of them took criticism of his boring design as a chance to get a little salty.
“I cannot see Karlie wearing it anywhere, honestly,” one judge said of the outfit, referring to host and judge Karlie Kloss.
To that, contestant Tyler Neasloney responded, “Not even to dinner with the Kushners?”
For context, Kloss’s husband is Joshua Kushner, brother to Jared Kushner, who is a senior adviser to his father-in-law, President Trump.
Kloss, however, had been dating Kushner since 2012, long before Trump’s campaign. The couple is also vocally liberal. Kloss is pro-Hillary Clinton, pro-Planned Parenthood, and pro-gun control. According to reports, the rest of the Kushners don’t like her very much.
So after Neasloney’s comment, Kloss looked understandably shocked. “That’s your husband,” Neasloney noted, as if the comment weren’t politically charged.
“Keep it to the challenge,” Kloss responded.
The clip went viral, with plenty of liberals on social media applauding Neasloney for his snark. “The way he ended her,” one commenter gushed.
Apparently, it doesn’t matter that Kloss is a Democrat who appears to be estranged from the Trump-y side of the family. “It’s been hard” to marry into the Kushner family, she said this summer. “But I choose to focus on the values that I share with my husband, and those are the same liberal values that I was raised with and that have guided me throughout my life.”
So why don’t liberals love her? Because she doesn’t spend every waking moment trashing her pro-Trump family, à la George Conway. Conway’s public sparring with wife and presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway has made him something of a resistance hero, and it’s even inspired a Saturday Night Live skit. Liberals accept Conway because he’s willing to sacrifice family loyalty for loyalty to their political orthodoxy.
Until Kloss starts trashing the Kushners on Twitter, she will be loathed for prioritizing her family over her liberal ideals.