Ivanka’s deafening silence


When Ivanka Trump took the stage at the Republican National Convention in 2016 to stump for her father, then-candidate Donald Trump, she presented herself as the champion of women’s rights in her father’s future presidency.

In front of millions of Americans, she stood up for working women and mothers, arguing for equal wages, better child care and paid family leave. To many commentators, her speech sounded more suited for the Democratic National Convention than the RNC.
Nonetheless, after Trump became President, Ivanka accepted an official role as an adviser to her father. Her portfolio, unsurprisingly, included women’s empowerment and rights.
And yet, despite her claims of championing women’s causes, Ivanka has largely failed to make progress on any of the issues she said she would spearhead.
The left-leaning Center for American Progress (CAP) even said that Ivanka’s “sporadic forays into discussions about her issue priorities, more often than not, have been largely rhetorical with few details and little concrete analysis of the economic, racial, gender, ethnic, geographic, and other differences that can influence policy needs and outcomes.”
Ivanka’s pattern of inaction has become most evident in recent days, as she remains alarmingly silent on the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy, which has resulted in the forcible separation of parents and children at the border.