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Report: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner Made Their Secret Service Detail Go to Extreme Lengths “to Find a Bathroom”

There’s a plotline in the highly problematic movie The Help in which Bryce Dallas Howard’s character refuses to let her maid use the toilet in her house, instead forcing her to go outside when nature calls. One night during a rainstorm, when the maid played by Octavia Spencer desperately needs the facilities, she breaks the rule and is promptly fired. Later she gets back at her horrible boss by serving the employer a pie containing actual shit, which the evil woman unwittingly devours. All of which is to say, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner may have some feces-filled desserts coming their way in the near future.

The Washington Post reports the shocking, Pulitzer Prize–worthy story that the first daughter and her husband refused to let their Secret Service detail use any of the six and a half (6.5) bathrooms in their Kalorama house, leading the group of people tasked with protecting their lives to spend “months searching for a reliable restroom to use on the job, according to neighbors and law enforcement officials.” At first agents set up a porta-potty on the sidewalk outside the 5,000-square-foot house. But neighbors, understandably, weren’t very enthused with the arrangement, particularly given the fact that Kushner and Trump comported themselves with an air of our shit don’t stink. As Dianne Bruce, who until recently lived across the street from the couple, put it, “They sort of came in with the attitude, like, ‘We are royalty.’ When they put the porta-potty right outside on the sidewalk we weren’t allowed to walk on, that was when people in the neighborhood said, ‘That’s really not acceptable.’”

After that the Secret Service had to come up with a new plan, which was to use a bathroom in a garage at the nearby house of Barack and Michelle Obama. In other words, it was fine for them to use the toilet of a former, beloved president, but one of the 6.5 owned by Princess Purses and her husband? How dare you.

Unfortunately, though, that solution was also short-lived “after a Secret Service supervisor from the Trump–Kushner detail left an unpleasant mess in the Obama bathroom at some point before the fall of 2017.” So then, rather than Javanka saying, “You know what? You literally put your lives on the line to protect ours, why don’t you just use one of our half a dozen bathrooms,” agents began driving a mile to Mike Pence’s house at the Naval Observatory, where they had permission to use a stand-alone guard station. Sometimes, though, if they didn’t have time to drive a mile to use the bathroom, “they relied on the hospitality of nearby restaurants.” At this point it feels important to pause and just reflect on the fact that a bunch of Secret Service agents were knocking on the doors of local businesses, probably bashfully asking, “So, so sorry to bother you, but would it be possible to use your bathroom?” All because Trump and Kushner think other people are beneath them and shouldn’t be allowed to use their monogrammed towels. “It’s the first time I ever heard of a Secret Service detail having to go to these extremes to find a bathroom,” one law enforcement official familiar with the situation told the Post.

Running around town to find a toilet, though, was obviously far from ideal. And so, barred from Kushner and Trump’s bathrooms, the Secret Service was forced to come up with another solution, which has thus far cost taxpayers six figures:

…when the Secret Service knocked on the door of Kay Kendall in September 2017, she was not surprised to learn why. “I think it was very clear that they just needed a place to take a shower, take a break, use the facilities, have lunch,” said Kendall, who is chairwoman of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities and is married to Jack Davies, founder of AOL International. “I’m happy to be able to have helped them.”

Apart from the Kalorama house where she lives, Kendall owns a home across the street from Trump and Kushner. That house has a basement unit, including a bathroom, that is accessible from the rear. She thought of breaking that space off and ran the idea by the house’s tenant, former Connecticut congressman Anthony “Toby” Moffett Jr. “I told her, ‘It’s fine, if you reduce the rent,’” Moffett recalled.

General Services Administration records indicate that the lease of the 820-square-foot basement on Tracy Place NW began on September 27, 2017. It is due to expire on September 26 of this year, at which point the federal government will have paid a total of $144,000 for the space.