Despite conveniently forgetting to register to vote for him in the New York primary, Ivanka Trump has so far been an outspoken champion of her father’s political campaign. She stood by him throughout his feud with Megyn Kelly (which included more than one incendiary comment about the female reproductive cycle), stayed mum after he said women ought to be punished for getting abortions, and recently praised him for “elevating” the presidential campaign. But the editor-in-chief of the Mexican and Latin American edition of Marie Claire is gambling that, deep down, Ivanka is just as horrified by Donald as the rest of us.
The magazine’s July issue is dedicated to Ivanka Trump — its cover reads: “Dear Ivanka, how long will you defend your father?” — and its entire feature well is devoted to letters from Latin American and Mexican journalists, academics, and artists appealing to Ivanka’s better nature.
“I’d like to ask you, from the bottom of my heart, if supporting your dad’s strategy is the best thing for you, as a woman or the best for your country and, consequently, mine,” reads editor-in-chief Daniela Von Wobeser’s opening letter. She goes on:
Do you think your father would be the leader America deserves? Do you think the values he promotes are the ones you want your three children to inherit? My mind is full of questions as I read and see things that unfortunately he has done and said, and…it is hard for me to think that you, a privileged and educated woman, tolerates this dangerous ideas, especially as an immigrant’s daughter yourself.
I understand no one chooses their parents, but sooner or later we have to understand that being a father does not exclude you from human degradation and, therefore, it’s [up to] us, their children, to [break] from them when [they] voluntarily choose that path, or be doomed to live the same destiny.
In theory, the magazine’s appeal to Ivanka makes sense: She’s a savvy businesswoman who’s heavily involved in the Trump Organization — as executive vice-president of development and acquisitions, she’s the one who has to deal with the fallout every time her father says something racist or xenophobic or straight-up wrong. But she’s also managed to spin her success off into her own accessories line and lifestyle brand, which takes a similar hit every time Donald opens his mouth. Surely — surely — she must be sick of the damage her father consistently does to their joint business.
She also happens to be Trump’s very female daughter, which — as Von Wobeser points out — carries its own set of complications:
Lucky for you, Donald’s narcissism outnumbers its sexism, and by being part of his genes, he might have a different image of you in contrast with the other women of the world, which he thinks they are only worth because of their looks. (Am I wrong? Wasn’t he the one who stated that you are so beautiful that if he wouldn’t be your father he would be dating you?)
No, Daniela, you’re not wrong.