Early Morning Open Thread: Red(state) Princess Ivanka


(Drew Sheneman via GoComics.com)

A concept imported from China, like Trump’s campaign hats: the “Princelings” eliding the line between political machine and business empire. Neither of her adult brothers seem to be capable of doing much beyond collecting ‘honorariums’. Ivanka, on the other hand, is not only a chip off the Trump block (or at least presenting herself as one), she’s done double familial duty by allying herself to another wealthy real estate crime family by marriage…

Interesting Esquire piece on young Jared: “His father-in-law is moving into the White House, and he’s got a seat at the table”:

And yet for all that Jared has helped Trump, there is a sense among Jared’s friends and business associates that he sees the gold-plated vision of a Trump White House as the ultimate step in a carefully plotted ascent to redemption, one that began when his father’s scandal tarnished the family name…

Who exactly is going to be the first lady come noon January 20? The answer, I think, is no one. Melania may prefer, it seems, to remain in New York with son Barron, but that doesn’t make Ivanka the de facto first lady. It makes her someone potentially much more publicly powerful…

This isn’t the first sign that Ivanka’s influence on her father outpaces that of her stepmother. After Melania was criticized for cribbing parts of her remarks at the Republican National Convention from first lady Michelle Obama, Ivanka positioned herself as the moderate in her father’s circle during her own speech at the convention, in which she spoke out strongly for progressive values like child care tax credits.

Melania was conspicuously absent when her husband announced Mike Pence as his running mate, marking the first time in modern campaign history that the wife of a presidential candidate was not there for the public announcement. Of course Ivanka and Jared stood gamely by Trump’s side…

… [T]here has never been a first daughter who was also a serious political adviser — and certainly not like this, where the lines of business interest, of politics, and of diplomacy are so thoroughly blurred between family and the West Wing…

And no presidential daughter has come to her father’s defense quite like Ivanka has since Julie Nixon Eisenhower. Julie is the only daughter of a president who has been so publicly devoted. As the Watergate investigation dragged on, Julie stood by her father’s side. In a diary entry less than a year before her father’s resignation, Julie wrote: “Fight, fight, fight.”

She took the bold step of standing in her father’s place during a news conference at the height of the scandal. “I have seen what my father has gone through, and I am so proud of him that I would never be afraid to come out here. … I am not trying to answer questions for him. I am just trying to pray for enough courage to meet his courage.”

Julie’s praise for her father is not unlike what we’ve heard from Ivanka, who defended Trump from charges of misogyny and insisted: “My father is a feminist. He’s a big reason I am the woman I am today.” That devotion is returned: During the campaign, when asked to name a woman he would consider appointing to his Cabinet, Trump mentioned Ivanka. “She’s very popular, she’s done very well.” …

Interesting that the author, Kate Anderson Brower, seems to assume that sooner or later Ivanka will be standing on a podium to assure the media that her father is not a crook.

Pending that day, the NYTimes is already busy burnishing Ivanka’s credentials

… Ms. Trump said on “60 Minutes” last month that when her father becomes president, she will just be a “daughter.” She has said she will use her “heightened visibility” to champion working women. (After the show, Ms. Trump was criticized for her company’s attempt to market the Ivanka Trump $10,800 diamond and gold bracelet she wore during the interview…

For a long time, Ms. Trump’s popularity owed (at least in part) to her ability to smooth out her father’s rough edges.

Where Donald Trump was brusque, Ms. Trump was tactful. Where Mr. Trump came off self-centered and easily distracted, she was self-effacing and sharply focused, traits she displayed from her earliest days growing up on the Upper East Side…

Mr. Trump and his older sons are not fixtures of the New York power scene, but Ms. Trump and Mr. Kushner, who bought The New York Observer in 2006, are more socially nimble.

She was seated front row at Carolina Herrera shows at New York Fashion Week, walked the red carpet at the Glamour Woman of the Year gala at Carnegie Hall and was a guest at dinners with the movie star Hugh Jackman and the media heir James Murdoch.

When Ms. Trump and Mr. Kushner broke up during their courtship, a reconciliation took place on Rupert Murdoch’s yacht – a rapprochement that was brokered by Ms. Trump’s good friend Wendi Murdoch, who at the time was still married to Mr. Murdoch…

“They’re ideal politicians,” said Peter Davis, the society journalist Mr. Kushner hired in 2011 at his wife’s suggestion to edit a magazine called Scene. “Because you come away from any interaction thinking they’re great and nice and don’t have any deeper feeling about them.”…

Jia Tolentino, in the New Yorker:

Ivanka Trump’s 2009 self-help book, “The Trump Card,” opens with an unlikely sentence: “In business, as in life, nothing is ever handed to you.” Ivanka quickly adds caveats. “Yes, I’ve had the great good fortune to be born into a life of wealth and privilege, with a name to match,” she writes. “Yes, I’ve had every opportunity, every advantage. And yes, I’ve chosen to build my career on a foundation built by my father and grandfather.” Still, she insists, she and her brothers didn’t attain their positions in their father’s company “by any kind of birthright or foregone conclusion.”…

Ivanka spends much of “The Trump Card” massaging the difficulty in her premise. What can a woman born with a silver spoon in her mouth teach people who use plastic forks to eat salads at their desks? To answer this question, Ivanka employs an audacious strategy: all of her advantages have actually been handicaps, she says. When she was appointed to the board of directors at Trump Entertainment Resorts, at age twenty-five, the situation was “stacked all the way against me.” Her last name, her looks, her youth, her privilege have all colluded to make people underestimate her. And when she is overestimated—when people believe that she has an “inherent understanding of all things related to real estate and finance,” because her father is Donald Trump—this, too, “can be a big disadvantage.”…

For anyone who still finds Ivanka to be a cipher, “The Trump Card” provides a surprisingly clear indication of her instincts, particularly when she discusses her childhood. She offers a story about being forced, by her mother, to fly coach to the south of France as the moment she realized she needed to make her own money. She has a sour sense of humor: she describes attending the élite prep school Choate Rosemary Hall as an opportunity “to look at the world from a whole new angle. Even if it meant living in a building named for someone else!”

When Ivanka was a kid, she got frustrated because she couldn’t set up a lemonade stand in Trump Tower. “We had no such advantages,” she writes, meaning, in this case, an ordinary home on an ordinary street. She and her brothers finally tried to sell lemonade at their summer place in Connecticut, but their neighborhood was so ritzy that there was no foot traffic. “As good fortune would have it, we had a bodyguard that summer,” she writes. They persuaded their bodyguard to buy lemonade, and then their driver, and then the maids, who “dug deep for their spare change.” The lesson, she says, is that the kids “made the best of a bad situation.” In another early business story, she and her brothers made fake Native American arrowheads, buried them in the woods, dug them up while playing with their friends, and sold the arrowheads to their friends for five dollars each…

Poor little princess, reduced to bullying the help into buying her product, and peddling knock-offs to her “friends” under false pretenses! Quite the omen for the next four years…

36 replies
  1. 1

    The only difference between the Trumps and the Medicis is that the Medicis had better taste in art.

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    rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone😐😐😐

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    Schlemazel says:

    “In business, as in life, nothing is ever handed to you.” Ivanka quickly adds caveats. “Yes, I’ve had the great good fortune to be born into a life of wealth and privilege, with a name to match,” she writes. “Yes, I’ve had every opportunity, every advantage. And yes, I’ve chosen to build my career on a foundation built by my father and grandfather.” Still, she insists, she and her brothers didn’t attain their positions in their father’s company “by any kind of birthright or foregone conclusion.”

    Excuse me while I go throw up

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    rikyrah says:

    Does she have a security clearance and if so, WHY?

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    Gvg says:

    I think the Wendy Deng dating Putin thing was debunked awhile ago. Fake news. Remember if it confirms to well your predispositions, be suspicious.
    I don’t care for Ivanka nor Jared but this seems like too much innuendo and not enough in actual acts. I really don’t care that there haven’t been many first daughters that influence Presidents before. That reflects the fact that he is a lot older than normal. I also think he is semi senile and the voters ignored it.

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    rikyrah says:

    I can’t wait until Kay sees this post and responds.😄😁😊

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    Pogonip says:

    Maid who just had to use her bus fare to buy lemonade: “Man, if I ever catch that little bitch alone, she won’t be able to sit down for a month!”

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Schlemazel: I had to go get my old keyboard to replace the one I just upchucked all over..

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    Baud says:


    Working class hero.

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    Shalimar says:

    @rikyrah: There has been no further news afaik since the initial reporting on the requests to the Obama administration. I suspect they withdrew the requests because it was bad optics if they were refused.

    Donald Trump can give security clearances to anyone he wants on January 20th, so you know Ivanka, Kushner, Don Jr. and the other one will have access to any information they want. Hell, he might even give clearances to Melania and Barron too, though he really doesn’t seem to care as much about them. As for why Ivanka would need clearance to know classified intel, his children are clearly his closest advisors so you know he is going to tell them everything anyway.

    Also, too, and most importantly, good morning for you.

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    Baud says:

    @rikyrah: Good morning, rikyrah.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Shalimar: Barron’s good with the Cyber.

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    Baud says:


    But you’re still fucking peasants as far as I can see

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Baud: Oh Baud, thank Gaud you’re here. A Wonderful Christmastime from Glendale*.

    *This album will continue to be updated until New Year’s.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Baud: As long as they’re hot peasants!

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    Shalimar says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: Could Donald Trump make it more obvious that he’s jealous because Barron actually knows how to use a computer and he doesn’t?

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    Baud says:

    @BillinGlendaleCA: Nice. Can’t even tell the world is going to hell.

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    Immanentize says:

    That last picture made me wonder whether Trump makes Melania wear a blond wig at home.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Baud: Night is a wonderful time.

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    Starfish says:

    @rikyrah: I saw you use the word Good. How is it going?

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    Gindy51 says:

    @Immanentize: or if he doesn’t bother with Melania and uses a plastic blow up doll, both M and I look like they are made out of plastic anyway.

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    laura says:

    @rikyrah: good morning to you too.

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    SFAW says:


    That last picture made me wonder whether Trump makes Melania wear a blond wig at home.

    If TEFA were caught in public playing grab-ass with its daughter, its supporters would still find some reason to tell sane people how it was actually a good thing, because “it shakes up The Elites” and “it annoys those commie liberals.”

    And besides, e-mails!

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    SFAW says:


    A Wonderful Christmastime from Glendale*.

    Where’s the damn snow? It can’t be Christmas without snow.

    Well, for a few years more, that is. After that? I predict a lot of pictures of Santa delivering toys from his Sea Ray L650 Fly.

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    PVDMichael says:

    Ten year old Barron will not need security clearance, because he will be able to hack into NSA computers. He’s very good with computers!

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    Enhanced Voting Techniques says:

    @Mustang Bobby: Medices knew how to make money too.

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    Betty says:

    That last paragraph in the New Yorker article pretty much says it all.

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    qwerty42 says:

    It will just be squalid. I hope the country does not take too bad a hit.

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    columbusqueen says:

    @Mustang Bobby: Not the Medicis, but the Borgias, particularly given the lust both Daddy & her brothers seem to have for Ivanka. . .

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    SFAW says:


    That last paragraph in the New Yorker article pretty much says it all.

    No kidding. How un-self-aware do you have to be to “write” something like that? Someone should put out an over/under re: when she starts spewing things like “I have the best brain” and telling us she’s a billionaire.

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    PVDMichael says:

    It’s worth noting that that is >not< the last paragraph in the New York article. That's the last paragraph in a drop-quote from the article.

    The actual last paragraph also pretty much says it all:
    "The book does not have an acknowledgments section."

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    akryan says:

    how creepy is it that ivanka and jared getting back together was “brokered”? At least true love still exists.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Anyone else secretly annoyed by the fact that the right wing flips out if a liberal woman keeps her own name after marriage but has no problem with the fact that she’s Ivanka Trump and not Ivanka Kushner?

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    SFAW says:


    and not Ivanka Kushner?

    As Hedy Hedley Lamarr would say: “Too Jewish.”

    And, normally, I’d be writing that as an attempted joke. However, given the palpable anti-Semitism in TEFA’s campaign, not any more.

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    Bonnie says:

    Does her Mother, Ivana, have any contact with Ivanka? Any one know?

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