First Daughter Ivanka Trump was supposed to be a moderating voice in President Trump administration. She promised to fight for women’s rights, equal pay for women, and paid family leave for America’s workers.
But in the six months, since her father took office, Ivanka has accomplished nothing. She’s largely abandoned her promises to fight for women’s issues despite her high-profile White House office and has failed to rein in any of her father’s destructive impulses.
Defeated presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was directly asked whether or not First Daughter Ivanka Trump was complicit in her father’s misogyny and discrimination – and her answer was definitive.
Arianna Davis at Refinery 29 gave a far too generous description of Ivanka Trump’s activism while asking whether or not Ivanka is complicit in her father’s failure (video below).
So, Ivanka Trump. She’s started to champion a lot of the same issues that you did, she even wore a white pantsuit to the inauguration, but she’s kind of failed to live up to a lot the things that she said that she would. Do you feel that she’s complicit in the administration’s actions? And should we be sympathetic for her?
Clinton doesn’t hold back in her response, rightfully painting not just Ivanka but every single person who works in the Trump White House as complicit in President Trump’s agenda of patriarchal white supremacy.
The way I look at it is that the person who has to be held responsible is Donald Trump. He is the president, he listens to who he listens to, he tweets and speaks out, makes common cause with white supremacists, and neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klanners, takes away the protections that were granted to 800,000 DREAMers, and in so many ways just trying to impose a political agenda that is turning the clock back, or attempting to do so in ways that I find not only really repulsive, but wrongheaded in terms of the kind of country we are.
So everyone associated with him, they’re either on board with that, or they’re not. And if they’re not they need to be speaking out or leaving. But if they remain silent, and just give lip service to contrary points of views, then they are part of his agenda and should be judged and held accountable for that.
She’s absolutely right. There comes a time when people need to take a stand for what they truly believe in and what they will tolerate.
Anyone who continues to stand by a self-admitted sexual predator who actively refuses to disavow neo-Nazis and pushes an agenda of soft ethnic cleansing on our nation is complicit and must face the consequences of their decisions.
The repercussions must be especially severe for those who are in a position to actually take some kind of substantial action but merely adopt the language of social justice to superficially burnish their public image – and in Ivanka’s case, fill her own pockets.
h/t to Arianna Davis @ Refinery 29
Watch the interview here: