Assistant to President Ivanka Trump dodged the press on Sunday as a pro when NBC News's Peter Alexander asked her in a meeting interview, "Do you believe your father's accusers?" [Shetookashortbreaktoaskaquestionsheneededtoknowandreplied"Ithinkit'saratherinappropriatequestiontoaskadaughterifshebelievesherfather'saccuserswhenheclaimsthatthereisnotruth"19659009] Story continued below
Nice try, Ivanka Designating something as" inappropriate "works if you're a stressed-out parent and do not have time to explain to your kids why they've got their dirty handsshould not be in the kitchen Guacamole, but in adult-on-adult conversations The "I" word almost always ends up as an attempt to quell the question and shame the questioner, without explaining why the question is invalid. And it is not invalid. The president's extra-marital life has been news for a year and a half, and the issue continues to be consumed by the press as new allegations of his behavior crop up. If anything, it would be inappropriate to withhold such an important issue from public discussion, especially from an assistant to the President.
Trump argues for a move away from the question, but not because the question itself is wrong. She advocates denying herself because she considers it wrong for the press to ask a daughter for her denial of such a question. Can the daughters of presidents who are also helpers of the president really wave such a flag of privilege? No way. No journalist can answer any question to any official. If Ivanka Trump wants to say "no comment", she should help herself. But to ask a question illegitimately requires further explanation, which makes it voluntary.
After planting her flag, Trump pours quick-drying cement on the flagpole with her next comment.
"I do not think you would ask that question many other daughters," she said.
How to unpack?! Obviously the press will not ask many other daughters, because not many other daughters have a father whose alleged mistress has paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for their silence. Not many daughters have a father who was surprised by sexual assault on a live microphone and then publicly apologized. Not many fathers have been charged with sexual misconduct by at least a dozen women. For those fathers who have such a reputation, it would be wise to ask their daughters such questions if they were to work for their fathers in government.
As long as Ivanka Trump holds an official position in the White House and presents her views on public policy, one can hardly imagine a question she should not ask.
The interview did not end there. After embarrassing Alexander for his "inappropriate" question after berating Alexander for dropping them out for this unseemly cricket, Trump answers the question! How inappropriate can a question be if the subject answers it?
Trump wants to have it both ways, shame with one breath and answer with another. She says, "I believe, my father, I know my father, so I believe that I have the right to believe as a daughter to my father."
Because she is a blood relative to her father and because blood inspires pure tribal loyalty, Ivanka Trump concludes that she can believe what she wants to believe about her father's behavior. The unconditional belief in him, she says, is her "right as a daughter."
Where did Trump learn this logic? Just a wild guess, but maybe from her father Donald Trump, whose sense of personality has granted him the right to believe in all sorts of nonsense that is baseless. He believes that exercise will destroy you. These germs are worse than diseases. This sleep makes you disadvantaged. This hair is important. The President said on Monday another fantastic view and said that he would have fallen into Stoneman Douglas High School if he had been present during the filming. Certainly, Mr President, it is your right as President to consider you an action hero.
If Ivanka Trump wants to pull away from the difficult issues, here's what she should do: retreat from the very public political life she has chosen. Reporters keep what they say because they have political power. By giving up her position by ceasing to advise the President by ending her official role as Presidential Emissary, this power will disappear and the interest of most of the press corps will disappear. Oh, reporters will still cover her as a rich celebrity and presidential talent, but as a non-official, she will not owe reporters an answer. If she still wants to ask questions about her dad's questionable behavior, I will not agree with her. But I will not stir.