On Wednesday, Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley took to social media to praise Ivanka Trump for “advancing global women’s economic empowerment.” The senior White House adviser and first daughter might want to avoid her other Twitter mentions, however — as they’re mostly tweets slamming her for appearing to stand idly by in the face of her father’s remarks about women during an evening press conference.
When asked for his thoughts on the accusations of sexual assault facing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump referenced his own allegations. He claimed that “four or five women” — the number is actually 19 — were paid to make “false statements” and say “bad things” about him.
Trump commented on sexual misconduct allegations that have been made against him.
"I was accused by four or five women who got paid a lot of money to make up stories about me…The mainstream media refused to put it on television. They refused to even write about it." pic.twitter.com/Gf4RObzqwi
— POLITICO (@politico) September 26, 2018
The press conference on Wednesday also saw POTUS dismissing the allegations against Kavanaugh — “What they have done to this man is incredible,” he told reporters — while making claims about the support he’s received from women who he says are “angry” with the delay in Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
He added that he received 52 percent of the vote in 2016 from women, but that figure only represents white women; overall he received 41 percent, as very small percentages of minority women gave him their vote.
The comments have sparked outrage, and many critics — including West Wing and Get Out star Bradley Whitford — are now looking to the president’s elder daughter, Ivanka, to advance her pro-women platform by speaking up.
I’m waiting on fake women’s rights activist @IvankaTrump to call out her daddy/boss, for his attacks on the women who have credibly accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault. Maybe she couldn’t hear her daddy/boss attacking these women, since her silence is so deafening.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) September 25, 2018
Thank god @IvankaTrump is there to stand up for women when they really need it…..
— Bradley Whitford (@WhitfordBradley) September 27, 2018
How do you feel about your father's generalization that women lie about sexual assault?
Do either of you ever call him out about this false and dangerous claim?
— Beth Votes 🌊🌊 (@AquarianTiger) September 26, 2018
That’s wonderful but I haven’t heard her speak up for the brave women who have put their lives on the line to speak their truths about Brett Kavanagh. Her silence is very loud!
— Lorri Roojerry (@RuggieriLori) September 27, 2018
If we are speaking of empowering women, the women that allege Kavanaugh abused them should be heard, their witnesses should be heard and the FBI should be brought in to investigate. There should be some fairness in this process and there is time
— Julie (@JulieS604) September 27, 2018
— Denise Gillin (@gillin_denise) September 27, 2018
It’s unlikely that the first daughter will issue a statement, given the way she previously shut down “inappropriate” questions about the sexual harassment and assault allegations against her father. She has also not yet publicly addressed a #DearIvanka plea from multiple female celebrities to support the first woman to accuse Kavanaugh, Christine Blasey Ford.
Both she and first lady Melania Trump have raised speculation that they’re using their wardrobes to subtly communicate solidarity with women. While Ivanka recently wore a white pantsuit associated with the women’s rights and suffragette movements, the black dress her stepmother wore to the U.N. this week had some wondering if it was connected to the black dress code of the #BelieveSurvivors campaign.
Clothes aside, the fact remains that neither woman has spoken out about the Kavanaugh controversy or Trump’s divisive comments — and it’s not going unnoticed.
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