Ivanka Trump, daughter of real estate mogul, reality TV star, and Republican nominee for president in the 2016 general election Donald Trump, appeared on CNN to defend her father and his reputation for being a sexist.
According to Ivanka, her father couldn’t be a sexist, since he hired her, a woman, to work in high positions in his business ventures.
Apparently, Ivanka has never heard the word “nepotism” before.
In a CNN interview with Gloria Borger, Ivanka Trump went on to explain why she thinks her father isn’t a sexist.
‘He’s absolutely not a sexist. There’s no way I could be the person I am today if my father was a sexist.
‘I would not be one of his senior-most executives. I would not be working shoulder-to-shoulder with my brothers. I would be working for my brothers, if at all.’
Borger told Ivanka that she wanted her to address the question as a mother and businesswoman as to how Donald Trump regards women, and asked her flat-out if he’s a sexist. Ivanka said:
‘I think actions speak louder than words. My father has 40 years of history of employing women.’
As to some of the rather distasteful things Donald Trump has been known to say about women and to women, Ivanka said.
‘I think in terms of the nomenclature he uses, the labels, the words… he calls men some pretty rough names, too.’
So, basically, her father’s an equal-opportunity a**hole.
In all fairness, Donald Trump may see women and men equally, and treat them both equally poorly. But that doesn’t say much for a man who wants to be the leader of the free world. In a modern world where optics are sometimes more important than actual substance, at least initially, and in a powerful position where a sensitive response to the nuance of both a wide variety of different cultures, and one at home that is rapidly changing in a vital expansion of intersectional awareness, Trump’s Mad Men-era bluff and bluster could do more harm than good.
Donald Trump simply doesn’t understand modern manners. This may serve him just fine in his own little business world where he calls the shots, but his ignorance of socially appropriate behavior has made him a laughingstock on the more serious platform of American politics.
Donald Trump’s history of clumsy sexist behavior is so rich and varied, that The Telegraph, has compiled a tracker to record his outrageous statements. Marie Claire and Huffington Post have also done so.
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