Daddy’s Girl Needs To Go Home

Daddy’s Girl Needs To Go Home

Ivanka Trump has an identity problem. Ivanka got testy when asked whether she believes the women who have accused the president of sexual harassment and assault.

“I think it’s a pretty inappropriate question to ask a daughter if she believes the accusers of her father when he’s affirmatively stated there’s no truth to it,” she said. “I don’t think that’s a question you would have asked many other daughters.”

What Ivanka needs to understand is that no one wants to interview the president’s daughter. Just ask Tiffany. No one cares what Tiffany Trump thinks. Reporters seek to interview Ivanka because she is the senior adviser to the president. They seek to interview her because she claims to be the administration’s advocate for working women.

It is ridiculous for Ivanka to pout about how she is being treated unfairly when she is being treated like any person who might hold her position in the White House. Other administration officials have been asked the same question. Those officials responded or dodged in the usual ways. Ivanka responded like a spoiled brat. No surprise. Like her husband, Ivanka is wildly unqualified for a position as a top adviser to this or any president. There may be some situations in which a family member is the best person for a job, but this is not one of them.

Just an ordinary girl with her father in a 1991 spread in Vanity Fair.

I know many people hoped Ivanka would be a good influence on this administration. Those hopes were dashed long ago. The more Ivanka tries to pass herself off as an ordinary woman, the more ridiculous she looks. She has no idea what it is like to be a typical working woman in America. That’s okay. It’s not her fault she was born rich, but it is now her job to get past the circumstances of her birth and work for the good of people who will never be featured in a glossy magazine spread.

In some ways, Ivanka has always worked for her father. It’s the Trump family money that made her career possible. So I’m sure it’s hard for her shift her allegiance, but shift she must. She cannot answer questions or propose solutions from her perch as First Daughter. And she cannot accuse reporters of treating her shabbily when they ask her the same questions they would ask of anyone in her position. She can either be the president’s favorite daughter or she can be a presidential adviser. She can’t be both. If she wants to be Daddy’s little girl, that’s fine. She cannot do it while holding a position at the White House.

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Tiffany Quay Tyson

THE PAST IS NEVER, a southern gothic novel steeped in local lore, is available now. The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance deemed it an Okra Pick. Tyson's debut novel THREE RIVERS was a finalist for both the Colorado Book Award for Literary Fiction and the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Fiction. She was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi and now lives, writes, and teaches in Denver, Colorado.
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