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Ivanka Trump is not her father

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Ivanka Trump addresses the crowd at the 2016 Republican National Convention, where she delivered more liberal ideas which rounded out the more conservative ones of her father, Donald Trump.

Ivanka Trump is a mother of three, wife, business owner, University of Pennsylvania graduate, and charity worker.

She has authored multiple books, worked for her father, President Donald Trump, as the Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions at the Trump Organization, started the #womenwhowork brand, and accomplished all of this by the age of 35.

Yet, the media cannot seem to find anything positive to say regarding her. Why? Most likely due to her close relationship and support shown for her father, President Donald Trump, who has sparked controversy since his running for the presidency.

Ivanka Trump is her own person. Yes, she is the adviser to the president, but she is an educated individual with her own brain and opinions and should be treated as such.

People tend to criticize Ivanka Trump in areas of her life outside of politics because of her relationship with her father. On numerous occasions, her attire at various events has been deemed inappropriate, such as with her below-the-knee dress worn to the president’s address to Congress in February of 2017.

According to the New York Times, “The president’s daughter felt a…sting of backlash for the red off-the-shoulder dress that she wore…with some saying it was more appropriate for a night out than for a high-profile speech.”

Sorry, but it seems as though Hillary is the only female politician willing to only wear pantsuits.

This is quite hypocritical of the media, which claims that Beyoncé’s thong leotards represent body love and feminism, but Ivanka Trump’s shoulders are not appropriate.  Of course, Beyoncé is an entertainer, whereas Ivanka Trump is a politician’s daughter, but at their cores, they are both strong supporters of women’s rights and shouldn’t receive such drastic treatment from the media regarding their outfit choices.

The real question is, where have all the feminists gone? One could think that this would be an opportunity for feminists to support the first daughter in her decisions to dress in a more feminine fashion than past first ladies or daughters.

They are most likely sitting in judgment at Ivanka Trump for daring to support her out-there father’s opinions.

Once again, Ivanka Trump has her own opinions. At the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in 2016, she said, “I have opinions, my opinions are my own, I express them to [my father] when I am excited, when I am disappointed, and everywhere in between.

Just because she is not publicly bashing the president doesn’t mean she agrees with all of his policies and remarks.

Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, views this differently.

In an interview with Refinery 29, Clinton said, “Everyone associated with [Donald Trump]…they’re either on board with that, or they’re not. And if they’re not, they need to be speaking out or leaving. But if they remain silent and just give lip service to contrary points of views, then they are part of his agenda and should be judged and held accountable for that.”

I’m not dogmatically aligned with any party and I share my thoughts with my father very candidly

— Ivanka Trump

According to Clinton, Ivanka Trump’s options are to openly agree with everything her father does and says, or completely disagree, and remove herself from his politics. This is extreme, and there is no reason why the first daughter should be held to those standards.

Ivanka Trump said, “I am certainly not sheepish about sharing [my] opinions, but I do so in private.”

This is reasonable, for it would not work to have the president’s advisor publicly speaking out against him.

Along those lines, she was even a part of the Independent Party until after October 2015, when the preliminaries for the presidential race occurred, which she admitted openly.

In an interview with TIME’s Nancy Gibbs, she said, “I stood in front of the [Republican National Convention] and shared that I’m an independent which is very consistent with many other millennials and many other people. I’m not dogmatically aligned with any party and I share my thoughts with my father very candidly.

Many people probably assume she’s been a so-called “Republican neo-nazi” since day one, but no, that’s just not the case.

Instead of being quick to judge Ivanka Trump by her last name, learn about who she is and what she stands for.

About the Contributor
Kathryn Stratz
Kathryn Stratz, Staff Writer
Kathryn is a senior during the 2018 to 2019 school year and is the Highlander Managing Editor and a Scot Scoop writer. She is the last first place holder of the 2017 Diversity Series Pacemaker. She loves participating in Carlmont's cheer program, cheeseburgers, and country music. Twitter: @kastratz

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    CharlesSep 21, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    The way I see it, she hasn’t really done enough to warrant hate, but also she hasn’t really done enough to be really praised.

    Well written though. I enjoyed this article thoroughly. The call to action, in the end, is fantastic.

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