Ivanka Trump in an interview on Fox and
Shitheads Friends :
I advise my father on a plethora of things.
A plethora? Really? Most people would say lots of things, but Ivanka attempts to make herself sound smart by using fancy words when simple ones will do, even if she makes them up. Architecting anyone? Here’s a big word for ya, Ivanka…pretentious!
From Jill Filipovic at CNN Opinion:
Ivanka Trump made an interesting statement to “Fox and Friends” in an interview that aired Monday: She tries “to stay out of politics.”
It’s a strange thing, for a woman whose current job title is “adviser to the President of the United States.”To be sure, Ivanka Trump must have felt that she was in a safe space to make such a surprising statement. “Fox and Friends” is, at this point, basically state propaganda.…snip…But Trump couldn’t even answer the easy questions, including when Earhardt asked where she and her father disagree. Instead of listing actual issues where that might be the case– reproductive rights, perhaps, or LGBT rights, or refugee policy or climate change — Trump offered a series of platitudes about how her father listens to different opinions and that it’s normal for children to disagree with their parents.…snip…
[She] talked in general about her support for such impossible-to-oppose issues as the need for workforce development, support for families, veterans, her concern about the opioid crisis — but mainly about her support for her father. There was not a single issue she addressed substantively.Instead, she said, “I don’t profess to be a political savant. So I leave the politics to other people and really lean into the issues I care deeply about.”That’s a fine position if she were still simply a business owner or real estate tycoon or an average American with a few issues that really motivate her but generally couldn’t care less about what happens in Washington. But it’s not a fine position for someone who works in the White House. It’s insulting — to the American people, to the office of the presidency, to the entire concept of public service.…snip…Those who are advising the President should be political savants; they should know what they’re doing, and they should have experience.…snip…Advisers should want to serve not only because it is a great honor, but because they are highly qualified to offer their insight and expertise, built on experience, study and careerlong contemplation.…snip…Trump, who has spent most of her career working in the family business, can simultaneously be a bright young woman and also ridiculously unqualified for the role she now occupies (ditto for her husband, [Jared Kushner,] to whom the job of White House Innovations Director came only as a result of nepotism).…snip…Trump did get her father to include some relatively meager paid family leave in his proposed budget, but even that reflected her self-admitted lack of political savvy and focus on one issue while remaining ignorant on the bigger picture.…snip…The budget as a whole is one of the most anti-woman in years, cutting funding for women’s health care at home and aid to needy women abroad, not to mention programs that help support poor pregnant women and low-income mothers. It’s a disaster for women, and a few weeks of paid leave don’t counterbalance the budget’s broad potential damage.It’s fine for Ivanka Trump to stay out of politics — and if the budget fiasco is any indication, perhaps she should. But that, by definition, means she should stay out of the Trump administration.