Ivanka Trump’s prominence on the international stage is an embarrassment to the United States and a deeply cynical insult to women everywhere. Her claims of being a feminist and a women’s rights activist are constantly undermined by her failure to call out her father’s misogyny and her continued exploitation of sweatshop labor in Asia.
Like all things Trumpian, she’s more concerned with appearance than substance. She wants the label of activist without putting in even a shred of the work necessary. Her bluster is just like her father’s.
Today, Trump took to Twitter to announce that Ivanka will be leading the American delegation to India in the fall, with the aim of supporting female entrepreneurship:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2017
The idea that Ivanka should be held up as a model for women’s entrepreneurship would be laughable were it not so offensive. She’s the heiress of a billionaire’s empire and has had everything handed to her. Her success is built on the exploitation of others. If Donald were truly interested in forwarding the rights of women he could easily choose a number of truly devoted activists.
Ivanka is utterly unqualified for this latest appointment. She has no idea what she’s talking about, but can’t resist the urge to seize the limelight. In that sense, the Trump blood flows strongly in her veins. The announcement also reveals her as an outright liar, because she previously stated: “I try to stay out of politics.”
Had we a just world, every single Trump would stay out of politics. Unfortunately, we’re stuck with their kleptocratic, nepotistic regime for the time being. For now, the best we can do is point out their hypocrisy at every turn.