Ivanka Trump, the President’s daughter, was booed and hissed this morning in Germany when she described her father as being a “tremendous champion” of families. She was then questioned about the crowd’s response given the numerous reports of her father having been egregiously abusive of women. Of course, Ms. Trump knows well how to respond to issues like this and immediately blamed the media.
My main concern here though is how Ivanka would dare to describe her father as being a “champion” of families when it is apparent to all that he has not. I would have thought she would have answered the question more obliquely and probably, using another common maneuver, immediately shifted the focus to something else. But Ivanka, like her father and his administration, and many of his party’s base, have no idea of how their words are sounding to others. It demonstrates a lack of perspective as most of us guffawed at the very notion of describing him as a champion of families. Furthermore, Ivanka has seen videos of her father conveying definite incestuous interest toward her and on one occasion actually telling talk show host Howard Stern that it was ok for him to call Ivanka a “piece of ass.”
But like all families with an incestuous dynamic, the adults and children live in a bubble and are subservient to the family myth, whatever it might be. The President has demonstrated a mindset that permits him to say and do anything, knowing that he can get by with it and will not be questioned to the point of having his absurdity pointed out. And even with this occasion with Ivanka this morning, “decorum” prevailed and no one questioned her about her father’s repeated expression of lascivious desire for her as revealing him as less than a “champion” of family values. Her father routinely disregards decorum and basic rules of social decency, but no one pointedly questions him about any of it and he can again he is reassured that his political context is averse to setting limits for him in critical areas. This conveys a new definition of reality which is especially dangerous for young children to witness as they are learning that standards of decorum and decency are not what they have been taught.