Donald Trump will say pretty much anything about anyone and has never been afraid of who might offend. But if the Republican presidential front runner actually wanted to sound a bit more presidential, the billionaire might take a cue from his well-spoken daughter, Ivanka Trump.
The 34-year-old businesswoman is proving to be the more eloquent than her father, when it comes to selling him as the man to lead the country.
Although he’s favoured to win the key primary race in New York state Tuesday, his presidential bid has faltered in recent weeks thanks in part to his lack of a filter when speaking on the campaign trail.
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Trump is not one to back away from his opinions and views, but he does heed the words of his daughter according to Trump’s friend Carl Icahn.
“I think her father really listens to her, and when I say listens to her I mean I think her father respects her a great deal, and not just because she’s his daughter,” Icahn, also a billionaire business magnate, said of Ivanka in an article published Sunday by the New York Times.
Political writers praised Ivanka following a CNN Town Hall event Apr. 18 — when she, again, helped ease some of the fallout over comments “the Donald” has made about women.
“Where he is bravado and threat, she is cool and soothing. Where he is divisive, she is uniting,” wrote Chris Cillizza, of the Washington Post. “It’s what leads so many people who dislike Donald Trump to admit that his daughter is very impressive and wonder why she isn’t the presidential candidate instead.”
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“Ivanka Trump is very, very good,” New York Times political columnist Ashley Parker wrote.
“That was the key takeaway from CNN’s town hall,” she opined, “where Ivanka… acquitted herself with grace and poise, while also serving as a savvy surrogate for her father.”
Ivanka Trump, the daughter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, looks on as her father addresses supporters in Spartanburg, South Carolina, on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. AP Photo/Alex Sanz
Ivanka Trump, the daughter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, looks on as her father addresses supporters in Spartanburg, South Carolina, on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016.
AP Photo/Alex Sanz
How Ivanka responded to moderator Anderson Cooper’s questions Tuesday night impressed the political columnists watching the townhall. The Post‘s Cillizza described her as “a natural at handling tough questions with aplomb and skill” and suggested she’d make a pretty good politician herself.
“One of the hallmarks of very talented politicians is to take questions, issues and policies that have the potential to be very divisive and guide the conversation to a common ground you either didn’t know existed or simply hadn’t thought of before,” he wrote. “In both of those answers, Ivanka does exactly that and, best of all, you never see the hard work and practice that goes on behind the scenes to make it all seem so effortless.”
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Ivanka Trump is now the mother of three, giving birth to baby son Theodore March 27 (Easter Sunday). But she got right back to work and campaigned for her father within days.
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Trump is a businesswoman in her own right, running her own fashion brand after walking the runways in her younger years. Her Ivanka Trump line of clothing, shoes and accessories, perfume and homeware is sold at stores like the Hudson’s Bay Company, Macy’s and Nordstrom’s.
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Through her website, she launched the #WomenWhoWork initiative, described as a means to “inspire and empower women to create the lives they want to lead.”
Outside of her own ventures she’s a key part of the family business, serving as Executive Vice President of Development and Acquisitions for the Trump Organization.
She also had an on-and-off stint as a reality TV star, sitting beside her father as a “boardroom advisor” on his former show The Apprentice.