Ivanka at the G20 Women’s Summit

Via the BBC:  Ivanka Trump forced to defend father at G20 women’s summit

An audible groan went up as she told the room her father was a “tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive”.

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  1. SenyorDave says:

    her father was a “tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive”.

    To show what a tremendous supporter of families he is, Trump is on his third family all by himself.

    It must be strange to be a member of his family or inner circle. It requires you to be ready to lie at a moment’s notice. Seriously, I can’t imagine an accomplished woman at the conference hearing the nonsense coming out of Ivanka Trump’s mouth and having anything but contempt for her.

    Its only taken three months for the US to start becoming an international joke.

  2. CSK says:

    I suppose Trump’s adult kids love him, or have some affection for him, but I suspect a great deal of their closeness to him is based on a desire to protect the money and the brand. And I suppose that if they have to lie in the service of that, so be it.

  3. Not the IT Dept. says:

    It must be like walking on eggshells 24/7, not knowing when he’s going to take a sudden pet and disown you for some perceived bit of insolence or lack of respect. Or if he’s going to punish you by tossing your mom out onto the street (Ivana) or cutting off her financial support (Marla). (I know, I know but as far as I’m concerned if you lived with DT you deserve compensation.)

    I’m coming around to the view that his mental faculties are deteriorating. Every transcript of an interview reads like a dementia patient’s, and the bewildered look in his eyes is getting more pronounced. He losing it, the kids know it, and no one knows how to handle it.

  4. gVOR08 says:

    Love the picture at the link. Do you suppose Ivanka had the slightest awareness of the irony of being seated with Christine LaGarde and Angela Merkel, women who have accomplished something other than winning a sperm lottery?

  5. grumpy realist says:

    Considering that she was booed and hissed, I expect some angry 2AM tweeting from Dear Old Dad.

  6. CSK says:

    @grumpy realist:

    I checked his Twitter feed, and apparently no one has yet apprised him of the booing.

  7. M. Bouffant says:

    Do any of these people have any idea how they sound when they make these absurd to ludicrous statements?

  8. CSK says:

    @M. Bouffant:

    No. If they did, they’d have the brains and good taste not to make them.

  9. al-Ameda says:

    Well, going forward Ivanka should consider ‘re-branding’ herself as a Kushner.

  10. Anonne says:

    @M. Bouffant:

    They don’t care. They are untethered by shame, and are trying to will their lies into becoming truth by saying things forcefully.