Ivanka Trump: It's amazing to see how Donald Trump's message resonates, I challenge but fully support him
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 01/04/2016
Ivanka Trump, an advisor on The Celebrity Apprentice, is a strong force and secret weapon behind her controversial father Donald Trump's political campaign for president, and most people agree she could only help his chances to go all the way.
Ivanka, 34, is executive vice president of development and acquisitions at the Trump Organization, runs her own clothing line and also raises two children Arabella, 4, and Joseph, 2, with husband Jared Kushner.
A "cool and supremely well-behaved" Ivanka has been described as "the quiet power behind the Trump throne" and the "levelheaded, calm antidote" to Trump's blunt and often offensive speech, according toTown & Country magazine.
"His focus is on politics, and he is running for the highest elective office in this country, and arguably the world... It's amazing to see how his message has resonated and what he's been able to accomplish as a non-politician with a very strong point of view," Ivanka told Town & Country,which tactfully pointed out she enhances her father and he does not damage her.
While Ivanka is not technically a part of Trump's campaign for GOP, she insisted she "loves him," "fully supports" him and will "always there for him if it's helpful."
Trump is known for speaking his mind and not being politically correct, which many Americans love about him and others despise. In the last few months, people have accused him of being sexist, racist, and the list goes on. Ivanka does not agree Trump is condescending towards women such as Megyn Kelly.
"You could also list a few comments he's made about men that are unflattering. I think he's highly gender-neutral," Ivanka insisted.
"If he doesn't like someone he'll articulate that, and I think it's also part of what resonates about him. He'll say what he's thinking. I think that's very refreshing, because with most politicians I've witnessed, you have no idea if what's coming out of their mouths is married to their viewpoints."
Ivanka stressed Trump definitely respects women and even went as far as to suggest he admires many of them.
"Otherwise, I wouldn't be where I am. If he didn't feel that women were as competent as men, I would be relegated to some role subordinate to my brothers. I think this is one of his great strengths: He fully prioritizes merit and accomplishment and skill and ability over background, education, and gender. This company, over four decades, has always had women in its highest ranks," Ivanka said.
"My mother was a major executive here... and she was surrounded by women who worked at the highest levels within this organization. I think he's one of the great advocates for women, and he has been a great example to me my whole life."
Clearly passionate about this topic, Ivanka continued to defend Trump.
"He 100 percent believes in equality of gender, so, yes, absolutely -- socially, politically, and economically," she noted. "[He has] confidence in women to do any job that a man can do, and my whole life has been proof of that."
As for whether Ivanka holds outlandish remarks -- such as wanting to ban Muslims from the country or flat out calling undocumented Mexican immigrants criminals, druglords and rapists -- against her father, she smiled "serene as ever."
"Well, I'm his daughter," Ivanka told the magazine. "In a political capacity, I don't. It's his campaign. I don't feel that's my role. But I would challenge him as a child. That's what children do. Arabella challenges me every day. People ask me, do I ever disagree with my father? It would be a little strange if I didn't."
So would Ivanka ever enter a political race herself considering she's so intelligent and well-spoken?
"It's not something I've ever been inclined to do, but I'm 34, so who knows," Ivanka told Town & Country. "At this point, I would never even contemplate it, but that doesn't mean that when I'm 50 I won't have a change of heart."