Ivanka Trump has made it clear once again that she plans on remaining complicit. In an interview with the Financial Times, the senior adviser to President Donald Trump said that the "liberal" expectation that she speak out against her father is "unrealistic."
Trying to undermine her own responsibility as senior adviser is cowardly.
Ivanka, who prides herself on advocating for "women who work," made it clear that she will continue to not fight for them, or any of the other many marginalized groups her father's administration is targeting. She implied that she is not in a position to significantly challenge the "core values" (ahem, bigotry) of her father's agenda, despite her controversial role in the White House.
“That my presence in and of itself would carry so much weight with my father that he would abandon his core values and the agenda that the American people voted for when they elected him," she said. "It’s not going to happen. To those critics, shy of turning my father into a liberal, I’d be a failure to them.”
She went on to try to argue that publicly disagreeing with her father would be unproductive.
So, Ivanka Trump, I ask you this, what are you even doing there?
What's the point of working to represent women, if you're willing to accept having an extremely limited influence over your "team?" If you actually care about the issues you say you do, you would use your power to challenge your father's dangerous decisions — whether as a senior adviser or just as a private citizen.
We know that nothing bothers your father more than the deserved skewering he gets from the press, but it's not your responsibility to shield him from that. You are both adults. It's your responsibility to act as senior adviser, and if you continue to stay silent, the press will hold you accountable as well.