Ivanka Trump, the elder daughter of the Republican Party’s presumptive 2016 nominee for president, New York City businessman Donald Trump, talked life, family, and politics at the fourth annual Forbes Women’s Summit in New York City on Thursday, May 12. An enthusiastic and active surrogate for her father’s presidential campaign, Ivanka Trump took only a very short break from the campaign trail after having a baby on March 27, her third child with husband Jared Kushner.
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Ivanka Trump’s baby isn’t even two months old, but that didn’t stop Gayle King of CBS This Morning from asking the businesswoman and social media maven whether she was considering having a fourth baby. This may seem odd, but it’s true that the Trump family is traditionally large: Ivanka Trump herself has two full siblings and two half-siblings, her eldest brother Donald Trump, Jr. has five children, and her father, Donald Trump, Sr., has four siblings.
“Ask me in another year! I haven’t totally ruled it out but I have my hands full. […] It’s a wild, chaotic, exhausting time in my life.”
Ivanka Trump, age 34, and her husband Jared Kushner, age 35, named their third child Theodore James Kushner. Baby Theodore joins an older sister, Arabella Rose, age 4, and an older brother, Joseph Frederick, age 2. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner married in a Jewish wedding ceremony in October 2009, following Ivanka Trump’s conversion to Orthodox Judaism.
Ivanka Trump’s role in her father’s campaign has been a very popular topic of conversation for the political media, particularly due to his high unfavorable rating with women and his history of making allegedly sexist and misogynistic remarks on television, in print interviews, and reportedly in private conversations, sometimes in a professional setting.
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Ivanka Trump‘s latest attempt to smooth over her father’s rough edges and repair his reputation with female voters, as reported by the Inquisitr on May 13, was to respond to Gayle King’s line of questioning on this topic with the contention that a verbal punch from Donald Trump “is almost always a counterpunch.” She insisted that her father’s aggression is almost never unprovoked, and that it’s to be expected that he will “hit back” after having been verbally attacked by someone else.
Donald Trump’s detractors — many of whom are his fellow Republicans; the #NeverTrump movement is certainly not just powered by Democrats — will say that this is not true, and cite examples such as the moment in a Rolling Stone interview in September 2015 when he made a seemingly derogatory comment about his primary opponent Carly Fiorina’s face.
“When the anchor throws to Carly Fiorina for her reaction to [Donald] Trump’s momentum, Trump’s expression sours in schoolboy disgust as the camera bores in on [Carly] Fiorina. ‘Look at that face!’ he cries. ‘Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!’ The laughter grows halting and faint behind him. ‘I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?'”
Ivanka Trump cut herself off and re-started her sentence after using the word “elevated” to describe her father’s contribution to American political discourse, perhaps feeling that she wouldn’t be able to get away with that claim. However, this didn’t stop multiple media outlets and blogs from running headlines which said that Ivanka Trump claimed that her father has elevated political conversations.
“He has elevated — he has created a dialogue around issues, which really is a powerful thing. When you think about leadership, it’s setting the agenda, and he has set the agenda on all the issues that were discussed. And I think that is quite powerful.”
Ivanka Trump also took a page out of the Donald Trump campaign handbook and praised her father for his authenticity and boldness, claiming that most politicians are not as honest as he is and that is why his message has resonated so strongly with voters during the primary election cycle.
“He’s honest. With him, what you see is what you get — even if you don’t like the topic. I think people respect the fact that he is bold enough. That is something we have never seen in politics.”
Is Ivanka Trump correct to say that her father’s verbal punches are almost always counterpunches? Will her praise be enough to help her father at least mitigate his high negative rating with female voters? What do you think?
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