Ivanka Trump is the kind of role model every young girl needs. She is successful, confident, intelligent and respected — a powerful conservative woman.
No wonder liberals despise her. And as Ivanka Trump’s White House role grows, so does the intense hatred from the left.
Ivanka Trump, a first daughter with first-in-recent-history influence, has become fodder in a vicious leftist attack over gender.
Ivanka announced Wednesday she would officially become a federal employee, although she declined a salary. The decision was aimed at quieting liberal critics so she could get back to work advancing international women’s causes — and doing so drove her critics insane.
On the plus side, at least Donald will be excited to have some eye candy knocking around the West Wing.
— Mike P Williams (@Mike_P_Williams) March 29, 2017
In a statement announcing the decision, Ivanka said she had “heard the concerns” of critics and was working with the White House to address “the unprecedented nature of my role.” She previously planned to work out of a West Wing office in a more informal capacity, while voluntarily following ethics rules.
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Asked about the criticism of her White House work, Ivanka acknowledged in a statement hat she “wouldn’t be here in Washington if my father wasn’t elected president.” But she added, “I want to add positive and meaningful value and people will be able to judge with time if I’ve been successful in that goal.”
Meanwhile, Ivanka’s supporters have rallied to her defense.
Liberal snowflakes having another meltdown over Ivanka Trump. They hate successful, confident, intelligent, and beautiful women. pic.twitter.com/iUfu6JcHLX
— Tracy (@GigiTracyXO) March 30, 2017
Other Ivanka Trump defenders argue that the first daughter is being attacked unfairly. Carrie Lukas, managing director of the conservative Independent Women’s Network, said “a lot of this criticism of her overlooks that she is a pretty accomplished woman in her own right.”
Ivanka, a 35-year-old mother of three, previously held executive roles at the Trump Organization and running her self-named lifestyle brand that offers clothing and jewelry — lucrative positions she selflessly relinquished those positions to come to Washington and devote herself to working for the American people.
Since moving to Washington, D.C., her influence in the White House has cemented quickly. Alongside husband Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to the president, Ivanka has become almost a fixture in the building. She has at times hosted events similar to those held by past first ladies: This week she welcomed female entrepreneurs to the White House, spoke to girls about STEM education and announced an official trip to Germany. But she’s also sat in on meetings with foreign leaders, including a recent session with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
She is also very close to her father, who joined her at a round table this week and praised her work on women’s economic issues. Noting an invitation for Ivanka Trump to attend a summit in Berlin, the president said she will be “working on similar issues with Chancellor Merkel.”
Despite the unfair attacks directed at her, some liberal women have offered support. Trump was praised last month by Anne Marie Slaughter, who five years ago wrote a popular essay in The Atlantic magazine on why she left a job in the State Department to spend more time with her family. She took to Twitter to defend Trump against criticism of the childcare policy offered during the campaign.
Slaughter tweeted that if Ivanka “could actually get something like this through, it would be real & important progress.”
And the first daughter is winning people over. Dyan Gibbens, owner of Trumball Unmanned, which provides data services to the energy industry, came away from two White House meetings impressed with Ivanka.
“She’s composed, she’s confident, she’s well spoken, she’s well-educated, which are all the traits we want our daughters to have,” Gibbens said. “Give her a chance.”
The Associated Press contributed to this article