Why Ivanka Trump’s Speech is Too Little, Too Late

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Ivanka Trump, daughter of Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump, speaks during the final session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 21, 2016. REUTERS/BRIAN SNYDER

Saving the best for last at the Republican National Convention, Ivanka Trump took center. The 34 year-old graced the stage wearing a dress from her own collection that cost $138, perhaps an intentional move to counter the $12,000 Armani ‘sack’ Hillary Clinton donned during a speech on income equality.

Ivanka was calm and charasmatic throughout her speech, prompting some to joke that she should run for president. In fact, Ivanka Trump may be the ideal 21st century woman. She is intelligent, pretty, and can hold her own against her male counterparts.

The problem: she is not running for president, her father is. With that comes the repsonsibility to make Donald Trump have better appeal with a demographic that has a 70% disapproval rating of him. For that task, Trump needed to bring out his secret weapon.

“My father values talent,” Ivanka said in an effort to show her father’s more human side.

“He recognizes real knowledge and skill when he finds it. He is color-blind and gender neutral. Hre hires the best person for the job, period.”

“At my father’s company, there are more female than male executives… Women are paid equally for the work that we do, and when a woman becomes a mother, she is supported, not shut out.”

Many seemed to believe her speech was effective in its portrayal of Trump as a champion for women. California Delegate Allison Hayden said she viewed Trump’s children as a “reflection of the man.”

If the negative things people have said about his treatment of women are true, some claim, then he shouldn’t,

“have such self-assured daughters and wife, nor have a company that  employed more women than men and paid them equally.”

Alas, while a valiant effort, the tally against Donald Trump is far greater than the amount of damage control Ivanka Trump can pack into one speech.

Trump’s abuses of the opposite sex are far too numerous and appalling to simply be rinsed over by the words of one charismatic speaker.

For instance, in a 1991 interview with Esquire, Trump said,

“You know, it doesn’t really matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.”

However, it doesn’t stop there. In his 2004 book How to Get Rich, when talking about his experiences with female contestants on his hit show The Apprentice Trump writes,

“It’s certainly not groundbreaking news that the early victories by the women on The Apprentice were, to a very large extent, dependent on their sex appeal.”

In a separate passage, he pens that,

“All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me — consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected.” 

In 2011, Trump threw a tantrum during a deposition when Elizabeth Beck, an attorney, tried to excuse herself to use her breast pump.

“He got up, his face got red, he shook his finger at me and he screamed, ‘You’re disgusting, you’re disgusting,’ and he ran out of there,” she told CNN

In response to the situation four year later, Trump slammed Beck in a Tweet to CNN Politics.


He also responds to criticism from women by belittling their physical appearance. New York Times columnist, Gail Collins recalled that,

“During one down period, I referred to him in print as a ‘financially embattled thousandaire’ and he sent me a copy of the column with my picture circled and ‘The Face of a Dog!’ written over it.” 

With his record stacked against him, one would think that Trump would do everything in his power to paint a better picture. Instead, when Chris Matthews of MSNBC interviewed Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign chairman, on Trump’s strategy on winning over female voters, Manfort replied,

“It depends on which women you’re talking about… Women in this country feel they can’t afford their lives, their husbands can’t afford to pay for the family bills.” 

The ‘champion of women’ still feels that women can do little else, but leech off of their husband’s incomes to fulfill their pampered lifestyles at home.

Trump’s opponents have already capitalized on his weakness with the female demographic. One PAC, Our Principles, created an attack ad that has women reading some of the sexist comments Donald Trump has said over the years.

The ad, titled Real Quotes From Donald Trump About Women, among other things, includes quotes from Trump calling women, “Bimbo,” “Dog,” and “Fat pig.”

While it seems Ivanka Trump put up a nice fight in favor of her father, it seems there is still a long road ahead if Trump is ever to win the hearts of a demographic he continues to ridicule over and over again without repentance.


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