Ivanka tried to hop on the #MeToo bandwagon. It did not go well.
Ivanka Trump tried to attach herself to the empowering speech Oprah Winfrey gave at the Golden Globes Awards, but was immediately called out for her role in covering up for arguably the most infamous sexual predator in the world: her father.
In her speech accepting the Cecil B. Demille lifetime achievement award, Winfrey said, “I’m especially proud and inspired by all the women who felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up. … I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed, bills to pay and dreams to pursue.” She concluded by noting, “a new day is on the horizon.”
Ivanka praised Winfrey’s speech, tweeting, “Just saw @Oprah’s empowering & inspiring speech at last nights #GoldenGlobes. Lets all come together, women & men, & say #TIMESUP! #United”
Trump’s eldest daughter has been complicit in covering for him. She has repeatedly been pushed by White House insiders as a moderating influence over his behavior. But in reality, she has simply stood by and been silent. Or worse, openly promoted his harmful, anti-woman agenda.
It is a role she has embraced for years, including when he appeared on “The Howard Stern Show” in 2006 and laughed along with Trump when Robin Quivers called him a “sexual predator.”
STERN: Donald, seriously you know about sexual predators and things like that
QUIVERS: You are one!
STERN: all right, I wasn’t going to say that.
DONALD TRUMP: It’s true.
IVANKA TRUMP: (laughs)
There are multiple, credible accounts from women who have accused Trump of sexual assault and misbehavior. And he of course infamously admitted that he assaults women in the “Access Hollywood” video.
Ivanka has never publicly condemned or rebuked her father for this, or any of his other bigoted actions and beliefs. Her flailing attempt to attach herself to Winfrey’s speech was slammed immediately.
Model Chrissy Teigen told Ivanka to “go away,” while actress Alyssa Milano told her, “Great! You can make a lofty donation to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund that is available to support your father’s accusers.”
Others chimed in to point out how ridiculous the tweet was. “Hypocritical, clueless.” “Heres your dad bragging about going backstage at his beauty contest to look at naked 15 year old girls.” “Who should tell her?” “Girl, are you serious?”
Ivanka Trump is not an advocate for women. She has traded power and access in exchange for her silence and refusal to speak about her father and his actions. She is not seen as a credible voice, and the attempt to jump on Winfrey’s bandwagon backfired in public humiliation.
Perhaps she will learn a lesson: Believe women.