Ivanka: Is the first daughter a feminist?
Ivanka Trump can’t have it both ways, said Lizzie Crocker in TheDailyBeast.com. Last week, the fashion executive and senior White House adviser learned that representing her father comes at a cost, during an appearance at the W20 Summit on female empowerment in Berlin. Flanked by true heavyweights, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and International Monetary Fund director Christine Lagarde, the first daughter served up an “empty-calorie word soup” about feminism, before defending President Trump as a “tremendous champion” of women’s rights. Ivanka was met with an embarrassing chorus of groans, boos, and hisses. Good, said Arwa Mahdawi in TheGuardian.com. America’s princess has some nerve talking about “women’s empowerment.” Unlike the impressive women on stage with her, Trump owes her entire success to her daddy, who has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by at least 15 women. “Really, it’s time that she was booed off the world stage.”
Liberals are such hypocrites, said Ed Rogers in The Washington Post. Imagine if the “overhyped and underaccomplished” Chelsea Clinton had been at the Berlin conference instead. She certainly wouldn’t have received the same impolite boos for defending her own father’s “history of mean-spirited treatment of women.” Ivanka, meanwhile, “has actual real-world experience in manufacturing, she’s launched retail lines that bear her name, and she has taken real risks in the unforgiving retail marketplace.” That résumé, along with her White House role, made her eminently qualified to speak about women succeeding in business and politics.
Please—let’s not pretend Ivanka was invited to Berlin because of her business acumen, said Anne Applebaum, also in The Washington Post. Merkel knows Ivanka serves as a vital conduit to her irascible, powerful father, which is perhaps also why China granted her company valuable trademarks the same day she dined with President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago. “There is a sinister precedent here.” Of all the things that distinguish “rule-oflaw democracies from personalized dictatorships,” the most important is the reliance on experienced, accountable public servants—“not the unsackable relatives of the leader.” Ivanka may enjoy playing the role of a public official “as if she were trying on a new hat,” but the power she now wields is another “glaring symbol of democratic decline.”