Ivanka Trump: Feminist or Fraud?


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Ivanka Trump receives negative backlash from audience after she praises her father on his views on women.

Ivanka Trump is a very controversial figure, mainly due to her father’s views and policies. Her support for her father has received a lot of negative feedback because Donald Trump is infamous for his sexist and misogynistic views on women. He would often times attack other women and make rude comments about them. Not only that, but he also talks about sexually harassing women, saying he can “grab [women] by the *****.”


In a recent interview in Berlin, Ivanka received negative backlash from the audience after praising her father. “I’m very proud of my father’s advocacy, long before he came into the presidency, he championed this in the primaries. He’s been a tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive in the new reality.” After she gets booed, she defends him by saying, “I’ve certainly heard the criticism from the media and that’s been perpetuated, but I know from personal experience and I think the thousands of women who have worked with and for my father for decades when he was in the private sector are a testament to his belief and solid conviction in the potential of women and their ability to do the job as well as any man” (Time).


Later in the interview, she claims that she is a feminist. However, how can she be a feminist if she doesn’t realize what her father is doing is wrong? She defends his blatant sexism and doesn’t speak out about his questionable ideas such as defunding Planned Parenthood. Yes, she has proposed paid maternity leave, but it is only exclusively for married women. This isn’t fair to single mothers, adoptive parents, or fathers.


Not only that, but she also trivializes sexual harassment by saying catcalling is playful and isn’t always harassment. “We must recognize that our coworkers come in all shapes, stripes and sizes,” she wrote in her 2009 book. “What might be offensive to one person might appear harmless to another. Learn to figure out when a hoot or holler is indeed a form of harassment and when it’s merely a good-natured tease that you can give back in kind.”
Ashley Bui-Tran (10) also thinks that Ivanka Trump isn’t worthy of being titled a feminist. “There are too many things she has been quiet about,” she says. “She can’t and won’t stand up to her father’s misogynistic views, and until she does, I will not see her as figure in the female empowerment movement.”