Ivanka Trump Claims She Disagrees With Her Dad Behind Closed Doors
Ivanka Trump is a frustrating public figure.
She’s inarguably tone deaf and complicit in making her father’s misogyny palatable to women, but just when you’re ready to completely count her out, she does something to remind you that underneath all the bad behavior, there still might be a glimmer of the smart, articulate woman the world knows her to be.
In an interview with CBS This Morning, when Ivanka was asked about the critics who condemn her for staying radio station silent on just about every issue you could think about, Ivanka managed to make a surprisingly valid argument about the value of not tweeting about every damn thing:
“We’re in a very unique time where noise equally, in a lot of people’s perception, advocacy, and I fundamentally disagree with that. I do think there’s a time for public denouncement, I also think there’s a time for discussion. You asked me about people who criticize me for not taking to social media on every single issue, and I would ask them if that would render me more effective or less effective with the people ultimately making decisions?”
She went on to say, “for me this isn’t about promoting my viewpoints. I wasn’t elected by the American people to be president.”
Like her or loath her, Ivanka has a point.
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Part of the outrage that continues to surround Trump is that tweeting about every thing that crosses his mind isn’t very presidential and probably isn’t doing him any favors politically.
So now that Ivanka’s heavily involved with politics, isn’t it at least partially an asset that she keeps her social media accounts revolved around whether or not her children can eat their body weight in chocolate?
Politics is all about making compromises, and sometimes those are easier to accomplish if your opinions aren’t being proclaimed publicly.
Which isn’t to say it wouldn’t be a magical moment if Ivanka turned around tomorrow and spoke out against one of her father’s proposed policies she disagrees with or did something more meaningful for the women’s movement than tweeting about some speech Anne Hathaway made before the UN, but sadly that’s not on the table.
In the interview, Ivanka went on to say that most of her influence would likely remain hidden from the public, so her decision to keep her opinions hidden from the public makes sense.
You don’t have to agree with everything Ivanka Trump says and does – and you definitely shouldn’t – but for once, I don’t think she’s got it completely wrong. Now let’s see if she privately disagrees with her dad enough to stop his asinine policy ideas.