Ivanka Trump Excuses Her Father’s Racism by Saying He is “Very Blunt”

Ivanka Trump, the daughter of Donald Trump, told CNN’s Poppy Harlow Wednesday that criticism that her father has faced over controversial comments he’s made about women and their looks is driven by “sensationalism” and “orchestrated largely by the media.”

Even though it is stuff her father has actually said, the media is apparently to blame, not her father. This is typically conservative logic, and it doesn’t fly:

“Look, my father is very blunt. He’s very direct. He is not gender specific in his criticism of people, and people that he doesn’t particularly like or people that he does like but thinks they’re wrong on a particular issue. So I don’t think that he’s gender-targeted at all. Like I said, I wouldn’t be the person I am today, I wouldn’t be a high-level executive within his organization if he felt that way.”

Except that you are his daughter, which makes you the exception that proves the rule.

Watch courtesy of CNN:

Look, he is blunt. We get that. But it’s what he’s blunt about that is the problem, not some perceived need for political correctness. The man openly caters to white supremacists. He is openly racist himself. And he is blunt about it.

Blunt isn’t the problem, Ivanka. Racism is.

This is the guy who won’t stand up to his racist supporters, and who launches into racists rants of his own. This is the guy who said Syrian refugees, who just want a place where bombs won’t be dropped on their heads, would somehow launch a successful military coup in the United States.

In fact, on the same day of Ivanka’s CNN interview, a Trump rally in Virginia turned to violence against immigration activists to cries of “Go back to Mexico” and “Get the hell out of here.” CNN observed of the incident that “what was abnormal was the level of aggression, the level of vitriol we saw.”

Bernie Sanders is very blunt. You don’t see this behavior at his rallies. You don’t see it at Hillary Clinton rallies. You never saw it at Barack Obama rallies.

So no, blunt isn’t the problem, Ivanka. Misogyny is, however.

It is beyond belief that Donald Trump could be, as Ivanka insisted, “amazing” and “incredible for women in this country.” This is the guy who said Megyn Kelly had “blood coming out of her wherever” and asked of Carly Fiorina, “Look at that face. Would anyone vote for that?”

Donald Trump is bluntly playing to the lowest common denominator. Blunt is not an excuse.

We are well past the point that anybody – Ivanka Trump included – should be blaming the media when it actually bothers to accurately report what somebody says. The media has been rightly attacked, both here and elsewhere, for failing to report the full facts, for falling down in both context and analysis in their reporting, but if somebody says something, the media should be able to quote it without being attacked for doing so. We get that Fox News loves made up quotes and out of context quotes, but actual quotes – accurate, in context votes – are critical.

And her father’s context is clear. He is operating within and catering to a racist, privileged, white society that sees non-whites, non-Christians, non-heterosexuals, as less than equal and even outright dangerous. He is catering to white nationalists and Religious Right demagogues who think America was made by and for white Christians.

No, blunt is not the problem. Donald Trump’s character failings are the problem.

26 Replies to “Ivanka Trump Excuses Her Father’s Racism by Saying He is “Very Blunt””

  1. You expect nothing less from a daughter. Her life style as well her ability to earn an income is based on her fathers wealth!

  2. Hey Ivanka there has been plenty of blunt talking people in history and they have the body count to prove it

  3. I would expect her to stick up for her old man, even if he is a “yuge” a-hole. What I want to know is, why does the media think that we care?

  4. Yes she would be a fool to bite the hand that feeds her.

    So you could say she’s somewhat biased.

  5. She or anyone else can call it what they want. His “blunt talk”, or for that matter republican blunt talk, generally causes violence. It works the way it was intended to work.

  6. …yeah, beautiful “Daddys Girl”…Daddy can do no wrong, {can I go to Paris this weekend} yadayadayada…
    OK kiddo…words and actions have consequences; your father summoned the Genie of Hate…it might take a while, but there’s a price to be paid for that kind o’ thing…and it is almost never cash…

  7. I don’t believe Trump’s a racist. He’s putting on an act, saying what his right-wing crackpot audience wants to hear. Trump’s always been a showman and he still is. I don’t think he has any core beliefs – except increasing the notoriety of Donald Trump.

  8. Of course princess will make light of Trump’s bashing and racism.

    He is not blunt, he is degrading and outright cruel. It is what it is.

    He incites violence.

  9. Her daddy is king. Who would expect her to go against her father? She believes what he believes. She is a Trump!

  10. Excellent article, HH.

    I, for one, could care less about the ramblings of a spoiled, privileged princess. Her and her ilk couldn’t survive one day in the shoes of the immigrants her father is bashing. Watch out and don’t get fat or wrinkly, Ivana….daddy may not like you so much then.

  11. Donald Trump threatens to bail on next debate unless rules are changed
    The Trump drama never ends. Now his team is threatening to pull out of the next debate if the rules aren’t to his liking.

    On the call, according to three sources who were on the line, Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s campaign manager, said that if the debate does not include opening or closing statements and is longer than two hours total, including commercial breaks, the real estate mogul would have to reconsider his participation.

  12. She is right about one thing – she wouldn’t be a high level CEO if her father didn’t own the company.

  13. Trump may possibly be “blunt” but he is also a mean bully. The only reason many people put up with him is because of his wealth and power. If he wasn’t “self employed”, he would be unemployed.

  14. He is a racist. He was fined by HUD for discriminating against minorities by refusing them apartments. And at his casnino they hid the black workers when he came in because he said blacks are lazy and moochers.

    Trump has a nice white pointed hood and gown hanging in his closet.

  15. She is more stupid than Sarah Palin’s daughter! I didn’t imagine that there was such a person!There is a huge difference between being “Blunt and “Racist”! By the way she is not as beautiful as her father make us to believe!

  16. If my father or an uncle had ever talked about me the way her daddy talks about her, I’d have been too squicked out to appear with him in public.

  17. There are always “excuses” for the rich and famous, at least in their mindset.

    Take their money and power away, and what do they have? It is like the GOP. Take away their mega donors, they are zip.

  18. “… criticism that her father has faced over controversial comments he’s made about women and their looks is driven by “sensationalism” and ‘orchestrated largely by the media.’ ”

    Well, since Daddy Donald is the master of sensationalism, this should have been expected.
    What goes around …

  19. Ivanka “Silicone” Trump should shut up, and stick to things she knows about. Nepotism and plastic surgery come to mind.

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