Trump tried to pull some nonsense and Germany was not having it
Attendees of the W20 Summit in Germany got to hear a great joke from Ivanka Trump today. It went like this:
“A champion of families.”
“A champion of families who?”
“…Wait, who? We don’t get it.”
At the W20 Summit in Berlin, which focused on the economic empowerment of women, Trump was part of a panel of leaders that included German chancellor Angela Merkel, who had invited her to participate in what was Trump’s first international visit as an advisor to her father. And Germany did not bring her to play games.
The panel’s moderator, Miriam Meckel, editor in chief of German business magazine WirtschaftsWoche, asked about President Trump’s disrespectful comments about women. Trump’s response did not go over well with the crowd.
“Sadly,” said Trump, “the United States is the only developed country in the world that doesn’t have a paid leave policy for the benefit of families, so that is something I’m very very proud of my father’s advocacy, long before he came into the presidency but during the campaign, including in the primaries. He’s been a tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive….”
You can barely hear it, but if you listen carefully you can just make out the sound of hundreds of women choking on their schnitzel.
Meckel stops her and says, “You hear the reaction from the audience. I need to address one more point. Some attitudes toward women your father has displayed might leave one questioning whether he’s such an empowerer for women.”
And boom goes der Sprengstoff.
Trump tried to recover in true Trump fashion, which was to blame the media and pretend that we think of as reality is just a dream concocted by liars: “I’ve certainly heard the criticism from the media, that’s been perpetuated, but I know from personal experience, and I think the thousands of women who have worked with and for my father…are a testament to his belief and solid conviction in the potential of women and their ability to do the job as well as any man.”
Did you hear that, ladies? He thinks we have potential. Someone get that man a pussy hat and a signed copy of Revolution From Within.
Trump has been the subject of much confusion when it comes to her role in the White House and her purported feminism. She has pushed a childcare plan that doesn’t do much for the women who need it the most, ran a company whose workers needed to fight for maternity leave, and has been largely silent about her father’s many misogynistic words and actions. She has even called her father a feminist, which — please.
In the words of the great Inigo Montoya: “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
If this episode at the W20 Summit shows us anything, it’s that Trump is going to be called on her b.s. both at home and abroad, as she should be. But the Germans were able to go one step further into some deep, dark shade with this question: “The German audience is not that familiar with the concept of a first daughter. I’d like to ask you, what is your role, and who are you representing, your father as president of the United States, the American people, or your business?”
In other words, what exactly is it that you do, here?
Trump’s response was a Trump response: “Certainly not the latter,” (Right? Because it would be absurd if the presidency was used to promote one’s business.) “And I am rather unfamiliar with this role as well, as it is quite new to me.” While that’s certainly a more polished and breathy version of her dad’s “Well I don’t know, I was given that information. Actually, I’ve seen that information around,” it’s still a nonsense answer about something that she should know.
Well, thanks Ivanka for continuing to do you in that hypocritical, falsely feminist way of yours. And Germany? Danke schoen.