Amidst controversy after First Daughter Ivanka Trump took her father’s seat at the G-20 summit despite, you know, being neither qualified nor an elected figure. Ivanka, who was seated at a working session on “Partnership with Africa, Migration and Health” didn’t speak while at the table, but her presence was hotly criticized nonetheless.
And yet ironically, President Trump on Saturday took to the stands to praise his daughter and bemoan how difficult his wealth and power have made her life. “If she weren’t my daughter, it would be so much easier for her,” Trump said.
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Trump on Ivanka at the G20: “If she weren't my daughter, it would be so much easier for her” pic.twitter.com/jlf34rHpsZ
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) July 8, 2017
“I’m very proud of my daughter Ivanka, always have been from day one,” he said, as if his heaping of responsibilities upon Ivanka, who is woefully unqualified for the vast majority of said responsibilities, wasn’t already indicative of this. “I have to tell you that. If she weren’t my daughter it would be so much easier for her It might be the only bad thing she has going.”
This should go without saying, especially since he failed to offer any explanation for how Ivanka was able to worm her way into a seat at the G-20 summit table beyond, you know, being his daughter, but Trump’s words show how oblivious he is to his — and his family’s — massive privilege.
Would Ivanka have been able to receive a private school education and degree from the University of Pennsylvania without her father’s outrageous economic privilege? Would she have been able to launch her business without access to her father’s business contacts and connections? The answer to both of these questions isn’t necessarily a no — it’s entirely possible she would have had the same or similar opportunities without her father’s wealth and power backing her. But one thing’s for sure: Everything would have been a lot more difficult.
Ivanka has gone on the record on numerous occasions to talk about how she aims to use her influence as the First Daughter to “be a force for good and to make a positive impact,” to be a champion for women’s rights, but despite having this boost of wealth and influence from her father’s position, she has little to show for her promises beyond promoting her own brand (which, might I remind you, is being hit with a lawsuit for abusing and exploiting factory workers) and deafening silence with the president’s every attack on Planned Parenthood and abortion rights.
Ivanka, an unelected official with no prior government experience, has access to all kinds of opportunities and power solely through her father’s position, but she’s been able to achieve virtually nothing despite this. And meanwhile, for his own part, despite being president for the past nearly six months, Trump, too, has little to show for it — no wall, no Obamacare repeal, etc. You know what they say — like father, like daughter.
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