As son-in-law to the president-elect, Jared Kushner’s White House appointment has spurred an ongoing debate over whether or not it qualifies as nepotism in the strict legal sense. The statutes and precedents on this point are hazy at best, so this open discussion is perfectly valid, even necessary.
That said, even if it is not statutory nepotism, it is still actual nepotism. It was nepotism when the Clintons did it, and it’s nepotism now. Though it should be noted, at least Hillary’s appointment to the Health Care Task Force was extremely narrow in scope and focus. Kushner’s new post is ambiguous with a wide range of possible influence.
Given that the new administration has already established a pedigree for cronyism and pay for play, this is not a promising sign.