"Donald Trump is color-blind and gender-neutral": Ivanka Trump paints a picture of her father as "kind and compassionate"

Which, of course, Trump himself will prove incorrect in his speech if he sticks to the leaked script

By Scott Eric Kaufman
July 22, 2016 6:21AM (UTC)
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Ivanka Trump took the stage tonight at the Republican National Convention and attempted to humanize her father before he took the stage and proceeded to paint the bleakest picture of America since Nixon christened himself the "Law and Order" candidate -- a moniker that Trump, of course, adopted for himself in his speech.

Instead of discussing how he would "Make America Great Again," the Reagan-esque message he stole from the Reagan campaign, Trump's leaked speech proves that he wants to be everything to all Republicans -- the Nixonian pessimist to those in the base who've been prepping for the apocalypse since Barack Obama was first elected, and a Reagan optimist for those in the base who believe that America's best days are still ahead of her.


Ivanka tried to play up the latter message, telling a story about the decision-making process behind her father's run for the White House that would make Horatio Alger -- or James Michener, as the previous speaker suggested -- proud.

"For more than a year," she said, "Donald Trump has been the people's champion -- tonight, he's the people's nominee." She claimed that, "like many millennials," she doesn't affiliate with one party or another, but that she has no compunctions about supporting her father, who will "make America great again."

Ivanka situated her father as a "fighter" from "outside the system," and claimed that "was both the story of his life and a preview of his campaign."


"This party and this country," she said, "will learn what it's like to win again."

"My father not only has the strength and ability to be the next president, but also the kindness and compassion that will enable him to be the leader that this country needs," she claimed. "My father has a sense of fairness that touches every conviction he holds. There have always been men of all backgrounds and ethnicities on my father’s job sites, and women long before it was common."

"He is color-blind and gender neutral," she added. "He hires the best person for the job, period. When Donald Trump is in charge, all that counts is ability, effort and excellence." She received the most applause for claiming that her father supports equal pay for women, even when she takes maternity leave. "My father," she said, "will change the labor laws [and] will focus on making quality child care affordable and accessible for all."


"To people all over America, I say, when you have my father in your corner, you will no longer have to worry about being let down. He will fight for you all the way, all the time, every time."

Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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