It’s always adorable when Ivanka Trump tries to imagine how normal, hardworking people feel
We kind of already knew that Ivanka Trump wasn’t exactly down-to-earth, but now it seems like some of her thinking is just plain delusional. During an interview with Fox News, President Trump’s daughter and senior advisor to… the same guy… came out to say that she doesn’t think that a national job guarantee is a good idea because, “most Americans… don’t want to be given something.”
In the interview, which will air on Sunday night at 9 PM, Ivanka was asked about New York Democrat Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal platform, which includes a minimum guarantee of living-wage work for every American.
Fox News host Steve Hilton asked, “Is it that simple?” and she had this to say:
“I don’t think most Americans, in their heart, want to be given something. I’ve spent a lot of time traveling around this country over the last four years. People want to work for what they get. So, I think that this idea of a guaranteed minimum is not something most people want. They want the ability to be able to secure a job.”
SELF AWARENESS ALERT: @IvankaTrump on @FoxNewsDigital: “I don't think most Americans, in their heart, want to be given something. I’ve spent a lot of time traveling in this country over the last 4 years. People want to work for what they get." pic.twitter.com/kmqASUKrBY
— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) February 26, 2019
Yep, you heard that right: Ivanka Trump, who has literally never held a job or started a business without the name recognition and financial help of her family, thinks that most Americans want to work for what they have.
To put it another way: Ivanka Trump, who was born into literal millions of dollars, which her father acquired through his father, who acquired his wealth through defrauding government programs, thinks that Americans are all super eager to pull themselves out of poverty by their bootstraps, in a system that works against them.
To put it another way: Ivanka Trump, who paid the women who made her design clothes so little that they couldn’t afford to live with their children, doesn’t think a guaranteed living wage is a big deal to most people.
Yes, Ivanka Trump, a poster child for nepotism and trust funds, thinks that other people just love to make their own way in the world without help.
Not surprisingly, the internet had a few things to say about her supposition, starting with CNN legal analyst Susan Hennessey, who came out punching.
Sure. What most people want is for their fathers to disregard federal anti-nepotism laws and use taxpayer funds to bankroll influential White House jobs and offices and staffs and travel so that they can leverage said position of public trust for personal financial gain. https://t.co/4wXM69Tjj7
— Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) February 26, 2019
Next up was another political journalist, Steven Metz, who had a wonderful and thoughtful burn.
Sorry — it's hard to understand you with that silver spoon in your mouth. https://t.co/ed4rMusS2P
— Steven Metz (@steven_metz) February 26, 2019
And British journalist Mehdi Hasan just called it like it is.
Ivanka Trump is of course the very first name that comes to mind when you try and think of prominent people who have ‘worked for what they got’ in life. https://t.co/AF3R54PwQy
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) February 26, 2019
Finally, political writer Judd Legum brought up a really great point: if most Americans don’t want any help being financially secure, or getting a job that pays for their basic needs, shouldn’t Ivanka also support a 100 percent inheritance tax, so that everyone starts on level ground no matter who their daddy happens to be?
If Ivanka REALLY believed this, she would support a 100% inheritance tax. https://t.co/rDurIq8Xc3
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) February 26, 2019
We might go even further and add a rule that you don’t get to accept high-paying executive-level jobs at your father’s companies unless you’re qualified.
Not openly recognizing that they’ve been handed everything that they have might be a Trump family trait. Donald Trump inherited at least $413 million from his father’s business empire using what looks like some very fraudulent tax-dodging methods, but if you ask him, he’s a self-made business genius.
“I had zero borrowings from the estate,” Donald Trump said in 2004. “I give you my word.” Later, he changed his story to say he had gotten a “small” loan of a million dollars from his dad. But it turns out that over his lifetime, he got more like hundreds of millions of dollars.
That’s an expensive pair of boot straps.
Ivanka has followed suit, getting her first job from her dad when she was 23 and just out of college as Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions at the Trump Organization. She was also a panel judge on her dad’s show The Apprentice, and now she works for her dad in the White House. What a Great American story of struggling to realize your dreams!