Whatever She Is, Ivanka Trump Is Not A Leader

by Christie Grimm · January 11, 2017

No matter how forward speaking, supportive, and present she has been throughout the whole of her father's campaign, one must wonder now more than ever what's really going through Ivanka Trump's mind.

With her role as First Daughter expected to take a bizarrely odd turn into First Lady territory, and her husband Jared Kushner having just been named a Senior Adviser in her father's cabinet-to-be, many a change has taken place since that whirlwind of a campaign trail. 

It almost makes you want to ask, can Ivanka stop giving in? 

For a woman who has been for many an enviably out of place symbol of today's independent women alongside a character famous for his sexist bend, giving up her home in New York to uplift and relocate her family to DC, announcing her resignation from all of her hard earned Trump Organization roles, reportedly cutting ties with her eponymous fashion line - what's it all for? To sit sidecar to the most recent aspirations of the men in her life?

With no official role in her father's presidency, how quickly it seems the white hope of the Trump campaign, their connective plea to working mothers and modern day women, has fallen into dependency.

In a surprisingly, perhaps naively candid interview with NY Mag back in 2009, Ivanka waxed teen poetic about her then fiancé Jared.

“We’re very mellow. We go to the park. We go biking together. We go to the 2nd Avenue Deli. We both live in this fancy world. But on a personal level, I don’t think I could be with somebody — I know he couldn’t be with somebody — who needed to be ‘on’ all the time.”

“I think it’s healthy to have a separation in our interests. My mother and father worked together. Whereas I love being able to talk business with my father, I don’t know if I’d want to have a difference of opinion come between me and my boyfriend, or me and my husband, or whatever it may be. And, neither of us would naturally assume a secondary-type role.” 

Perhaps that's just it. Perhaps, to keep from allowing any difference of opinion to get in the way of herself and her family, Ivanka's just pulling out entirely. Just as may be alleged by her conversion to Orthodox Judaism in order to please her religious in-laws, it seems here that Miss Trump may indeed be far more willing to play the supportive, "secondary-type role" than she'd even admit.

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