Does Ivanka Trump truly believe her father is an advocate for families and women’s rights? In an interview at the G20 Women’s Summit in Berlin, she espouses her pride in the man that she refers to as
a tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive.
When this statement was received poorly by the audience and Ivanka was challenged by German journalist Miriam Meckel on her father’s sordid past when speaking about women, she had this to say:
I know from personal experience, and I think the thousands of women who have worked with and for my father for decades when he was in the private sector are a testament to his belief and solid conviction in the potential of women in their ability to do the job as well as any man.
Trump, whose Facebook page introduces her as a “wife, mother, sister and daughter. Entrepreneur and passionate advocate for the education and empowerment of women and girls,” is perhaps the worst kind of women’s advocate—the kind who stand up for and defend men like her father who make statements such as this about women: “You have to treat ‘em like sh*t.”
Sorry, Ivanka, but bragging about treating women “like sh*t” and objectifying them at every turn is not what most would consider being a “tremendous champion.”
The Donald has a long history of aligning a woman’s worth with her physical beauty. In an interview with Rolling Stone last year, he had this to say regarding fellow Republican candidate for president, Carly Fiorina—former CEO of Hewlett Packard and a successful businesswoman in her own right:
Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?! I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?
Apparently, the only consideration one should make when voting for a woman is her physical appearance. Which is possibly why Ivanka has always felt so “empowered” by her father. He had no qualms in sharing how he feels about his daughter’s physical attributes with the general public:
She does have a very nice figure. I’ve said that if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.
Maybe that one was just a fluke. Surely he didn’t mean that he is physically attracted to his daughter, right?
Yeah, she’s really something, and what a beauty, that one. If I weren’t happily married and, ya know, her father….
What?! Gross. Maybe Ivanka has been spoken to like that by men her whole life and so that is what she considers “empowering,” but that is not the kind of language that makes most women feel empowered, especially coming from their dad. And perhaps more disgusting than her father’s atrocious behavior towards women is the fact that she supports it and promotes him as a “tremendous champion.”
It would seem that when Ivanka is describing herself on facebook she has a different definition than us peasants of what the “empowerment of women and girls” actually means….but if by “passionate advocate for the education and empowerment of women and girls” she meant “promoter of rape culture and the objectification of women,” we would have to agree.