Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump’s daughter, started an interview with Cosmopolitan, then abruptly ended it after taking a vocal dislike to the probing “unfair” questions asked regarding her and daddy Trump’s child care plan.
Cosmo’s Prachi Gupta asked Ivanka about the odd juxtaposition of her father’s previous commentary on pregnancy being “an inconvenient thing” for employers and the new 6 weeks of paid leave proposed by him.
“In 2004, Donald Trump said that pregnancy is an inconvenient thing for a business. It’s surprising to see this policy from him today. Can you talk a little about those comments, and perhaps what has changed?”
Ivanka became upset, saying that the questions had “a lot of negativity in them.” She called the question an “unfair characterization of his track record,” despite it being based on a direct and recent quote.
“So I don’t know how useful it is to spend too much time with you on this, if you’re going to make a comment like that.”
That comment, which seemed a warning to stop asking hard questions or the interview would end, turned out to be prophetic. Ivanka really didn’t say anything else about the program, saying there was “plenty of time for [Gupta] to editorialize” and that “regardless of political views” her father’s plan should be “celebrated.”
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Gee, that sounds a lot like a variation on Trump’s use of huge, beautiful, great, and wonderful in place of facts or answers, actually.
Ivanka made it clear, in response to Gupta’s questioning, that the plan is not to benefit non-child bearing parents or children; it is only for women who bear children. Same-sex couples would only benefit if they were women and gave birth. Adoptive parents would not. This seems like a rather short-sighted and glaring hole in the policy.
Then it seems Gupta made another mistake. Right before Ivanka abruptly ended the interview, she asked more hard questions, like how daddy Trump planned to pay for the wall. Apparently, it is all covered, paid for totally and completely with new tax reforms that will be announced Thursday.
Then Ivanka said, “I’m going to jump off, I have to run. I apologize.”
We just have to believe and it will be true, right? It should be easy to trust Mr. Trump, seeing as he only lies about seven out of ten times he speaks.
It seems possible that Ivanka has no idea how her father treats blue-collar women in his companies – many have no paid leave at all – yet she said that all of Trump’s employees receive maternity leave. The fact is, the Trump organization offers some employees 8 weeks paid maternity leave, likely to Trump’s often vaunted “best people.” It appears, though, that at many of his hotels all over the country, hard-working women get nothing more than what is required by law (which is the worst in the world. Not just industrialized nations, the entire world).
Perhaps that is why she dropped away from a line of questioning that upset her rosy view of daddy’s world. You see, it is hard for someone at her level to really know whether the maid cleaning her room at daddy’s hotel, or the desk clerk, gets the same plan as the executives in, say, Trump Plaza.
The Trump “track record” seems stratified, with the “best” receiving the “best” and the rest doing the real work to make the “best” look good receiving the bare minimum. That isn’t what we want for our country, and believing that suddenly Trump values everyone (when he clearly doesn’t) takes stronger rose-colored glasses than most of us can afford.
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