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Ivanka Wants to Be the Girl with the Most Cake

A New York Democrat in Private and a Public Trump Loyalist, All at Once. Like Roald Dahl’s Veruca Salt, another rich girl who wanted more than she deserved, Ivanka lets greed drive her.

by Erin Keane

(Salon) – Earlier this week, we learned that Ivanka Trump held a secret meeting with the head of Planned Parenthood, an organization the Republican Party has been hell-bent on destroying for years. According to Politico, Ivanka reached out to Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, in the weeks after Donald Trump’s inauguration but before Ivanka’s daddy gave her her very own office in the West Wing and an official job because she wanted one very much, to discuss the organization’s work and impact on women.

Given the vague timeline, it’s unclear whether Ivanka was pretending to listen to Richards speak right before — or even at the very moment when — her father signed an executive order expanding the ban on U.S. funding for international family planning groups that perform abortions or even provide information about them. But Planned Parenthood itself has remained in the crosshairs of the Trump administration and the GOP. First of all through the so-far futile attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and then through the actions of Vice President Mike Pence (that vampire-looking dude Ivanka pretends not to know in the hallway). He’s the guy who recently cast the tie-breaking vote in the Senate on a bill that will allow states to deny federal funding to healthcare providers that perform abortions, putting the government one step closer to defunding Planned Parenthood, which President Trump is expected to sign into law.

Apparently an audience with Ivanka is worth about as much as a pair of clearance slingbacks.

Ivanka defended herself on Wednesday, in a CBS interview with Gayle King, against critics who say she is “complicit” in the Trump administration’s attempts to degrade the quality of life for women, LGBT people, immigrants, refugees, Muslims, low-income Americans and basically anyone who’s not already a paying member at Mar-a-Lago. Such critics by should not “conflate lack of public denouncement with silence,” the first daughter said.

I think there are multiple ways to have your voice heard. In some cases, it’s through protest and it’s through going on the nightly news and talking about or denouncing every issue on which you disagree with. Other times it is quietly and directly and candidly.

So where I disagree with my father, he knows it. And I express myself with total candor. Where I agree, I fully lean in and support the agenda and — and hope — that I can be an asset to him and — and make a positive impact. But I respect the fact that he always listens.

The best part of Ivanka’s interview, aside from when she activated her defensive tic (“so, you know”) when questioned about her husband Jared’s super-qualified job qualifications, was her acknowledgment that she’ll “take hits from some critics who say that I should take to the street. And then other people will in the long term respect where I get to. But I think most of the impact I have, over time most people will not actually know about.”