“I’m not a surrogate,” Ivanka Trump told Time magazine. “I’m a daughter.” Whether she’s throwing her dad under the bus or just pretending to, this means her dad’s campaign is in serious trouble.
The interview took place on Wednesday at Fortune‘s “The Most Powerful Women Summit,” where Time‘s editor-in-chief, Nancy Gibbs grilled the alleged unregistered sex offender’s daughter within an inch of her life. Before Ivanka Trump’s sleek, white chair even had time to get warm, Gibbs asked for her thoughts on #PussyGate. After laughing and declaring, “way to warm up…thank you, Nancy,” she glibly answered:
‘I think my remarks were clear on this one. I did find it to be offensive. He acknowledged it was as well. This tape was over a decade old. I’m sure he didn’t remember this conversation. He was very embarrassed by it. And he expressed that, not only to me personally, but to the American people.’
In other words, Ivanka Trump was offended by Donald Trump’s remarks and so was Donald Trump…But since he apologized to everyone including himself, it’s all fine now. And that’s the thing…Ivanka Trump comes across as the softer, less hateful, and more polished side of the Trump campaign. But when push comes to shove, she’s like the sleek and stylish exterior of a dilapidated house that’s rotting from within.
Ivanka Trump runs through all the same talking points as all of her father’s other surrogates. Like her stepmother Melania, she denies ever hearing her father say anything hateful towards women. Like Mein Trumpf’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, she claims the election is rigged and that he’s got all these “hidden voters” who feel too embarrassed to admit they support him. And like her father, she claims her company treats women well even though it doesn’t.
Ivanka Trump also insists that Donald Trump is a wonderful father to her, which seems impossible. But who can blame her? It’s hard to see the huge, soul-sucking, orange elephant in the room when the room is packed solid with giant, stinking elephant turds.
She then tried to distance herself from the GOP’s not-presidential candidate by claiming she’s not a surrogate, she’s first and foremost a businesswoman and his daughter.
‘My brand was launched far before the presidential cycle commenced. And I’ve always tried to maintain complete separation between that and the campaign.’
Ivanka Trump went on to vociferously deny that she’s been an important part of her father’s campaign.
‘I hate the word surrogate, Because what does that mean? When people talk about I’m his confidante — at one point, major newspapers were writing that I was a vice presidential candidate. I’m saying, no, I’m a daughter.’
“Mmm hmmm,” the Willy Wonka meme smirks, “Please tell me more about not being a surrogate.” And sure enough, she denies ever weighing in on policy except for childcare and women’s rights. “But I’m not a surrogate, I’m a daughter,” she insists.
Hell. She’s not even a Republican.
‘But I do dismiss this idea of a surrogate because I don’t think it appreciates the role that I’m playing as my father’s daughter… I’m not the campaign mastermind. I stood in front of the [Republican National Convention] and shared that I’m an independent, which is very consistent with many other millennials.’
Still, there are other signs that Ivanka Trump is getting fed up with not being Donald Trump’s surrogate. In a recent interview with Fast Company she admitted life under the spotlight has its challenges.
‘I mean, it’s been a year and a half of enormous scrutiny, of my family, every business, every movement, action. But I think that, you know, that sort of comes with the territory.’
She added that she’s “grown a bit tougher” over the past year…And finally admitted Daddy Dearest’s comments were offensive instead of defending him because he’s also said “rough things about men.”
‘My father’s comments were clearly inappropriate and offensive and I’m glad that he acknowledged this fact with an immediate apology to my family and the American people.’
WATCH: Ivanka Trump is not, she repeats, NOT, her father’s surrogate.
Ivanka Trump may deny being her father’s surrogate, but Time‘s Nancy Gibbs begs to differ. In fact, the introduction for the article her staff wrote reads as follows:
‘Ivanka Trump is an executive vice president of The Trump Organization, but she’s also one of the top advisers to her father Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Seen as one of her father’s most effective surrogates in winning over women skeptical of his White House bid, she was credited for giving one of the best speeches at the Republican convention this summer.’
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