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WHITE HOUSE DEMANDS G20 “HATERS” LEAVE IVANKA ALONE

For most people, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s time in the White House has been characterized by one long, uninterrupted feeling: secondhand embarrassment. From the clinical levels of delusional self-confidence; to their inability to obtain security clearances without President Daddy demanding them; to the pervasive sense that if you walked into their offices at any given moment they’d be on Pinterest; to their presence in meetings they have no business attending; to saying things like “I don’t think most Americans, in their heart, want to be given something” without a trace of irony; to believing Jared is going to solve peace in the Middle East and “Ivanka…has created millions of jobs,” the foremost poster children for nepotism have undoubtedly caused most of the world’s population to cringe on a near daily basis for the last 892 days. All of which was but a prelude to the cringe cringed ‘round the world when this happened:

Yes, that’s the first daughter attempting, poorly and mortifyingly, to insert herself into a conversation with British prime minister Theresa May, International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde, French president Emmanuel Macron, and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau. It’s like a massively humiliating game of one-of-these-things-is-not-like-the-other and the best* (*worst) part of it all is that the first daughter, in whom the shameless gene runs strong, clearly believes being an “executive vice president” of the Trump Organization and shilling knockoff designer shoes puts her on the same level as various heads of state and government. She probably saw it and made a mental note to have her assistant save it to her “Ivanka and World Leaders” highlight reel.

Some people, like Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Representative Eric Swalwell, and most of the mainstream press, viewed this moment as a good opportunity to discuss the fact that the upper echelons of the U.S. government should not be staffed by individuals whose sole qualification for the job is being related to the president. While others:

A White House deputy communications secretary, Jessica Ditto, called the video clip a “misrepresentation” and the criticism around it “absolutely pathetic” in an email. On Monday, Ms. Ditto added: “It is sad but not shocking that the haters choose to attack Ivanka Trump, a senior adviser to the president, when she is promoting U.S. efforts to empower women through strategic partnerships with world leaders.”

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