Ivanka Trump thinks her father, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, will eventually bow down to the will of the people if Hillary Clinton wins the election.
The 34-year-old businesswoman and former model was the grace speaker of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit in Laguna Niguel, California, in which the prospect of Donald Trump contesting the outcome of the election was raised.
“He’ll either win or he won’t win, and I believe he’ll accept the outcome either way,” she said.
— Fortune (@FortuneMagazine) October 20, 2016
However, Donald Trump didn’t seem to share his daughter’s opinion as evidenced by what he said during the final debate vs. Hillary Clinton. He gave a rather vague response on whether he will accept or reject the election outcome.
During the debate, he was asked twice if he would concede to the former secretary of state should he lose the election.
“I will look at it at the time,” he said. “I will keep you in suspense.”
That prompted a response from Hillary Clinton who described Donald Trump’s remarks as “horrifying.”
“Let’s be clear about what he is saying and what that means. He is denigrating — he is talking down our democracy,” she told the packed audience at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. “And I am appalled that someone who is the nominee of one of our two major parties would take that position.”
The billionaire has been accusing the Democrats, specifically Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, of trying to lead a massive voter fraud to rig the November presidential election in their favor. He claimed that the names of people long deceased have turned up in some list of voters.
However, he did not substantiate his accusations with documents.
“Of course I think my father will always do the right thing. That’s the type of person he is,” she said.
For now, Donald Trump is alone with his accusations, which he apparently made when his survey numbers went down. However, the GOP has not jumped in on the conspiracy theory.
When prodded for a reaction on the possibility of a rigged election, Ivanka Trump did not address the question directly. Instead, she blamed the media for unfair coverage.
“I will tell you that the media has been vicious,” she said. “This has been a different level.”
Aside from election-rigging, Ivanka Trump also answered the controversy that has now been known as the “Trump tapes.” The controversy stemmed from a conversation between Donald Trump and Billy Bush during a behind-the-scene recording of Access Hollywood in 2005.
In the recording, the two can be heard exchanging sexist remarks about women. Billy Bush, the co-anchor of the Today show, has since been fired after the tapes surfaced on Oct. 7.
Ivanka Trump said she hardly knows that person and is ashamed by the way he behaved.
“That’s not language consistent with any conversation I’ve ever had with him, certainly, or any conversation I’ve overheard. So it was a bit jarring for me to hear,” she said.
Nevertheless, Ivanka Trump believes that her father’s apology was sincere.
“He recognizes it was crude language. He was embarrassed that he had said those things and he apologized,” she said.
Ivanka Trump questioned about Access Hollywood tape: “He recognizes it was crude language. He was embarrassed.” https://t.co/UqlvaG0vem
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) October 19, 2016
The mother-of-three also seemed to be uncomfortable with the subject of her father’s attitude towards women.
“He is very much his own man, just like I am very much my own woman,” she said. “I have opinions; my opinions are my own. I express them to him when I am excited, when I am disappointed, and everywhere in between.”
Ivanka Trump also said that she won’t be answering any questions in the future about the policy direction of her father if he wins the presidency, nor will there be any talks about the campaign. “I’m a daughter. I stood in front of the RNC and shared that I’m an Independent,” she said.
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