President Donald Trump's eldest daughter entered the White House back in January with a bushel of big promises, including helping "working women," but writer Lindy West's piece calls bullshit, as Ivanka has yet to put her money where her mouth is -- and likely never will.
"Ivanka Trump is never going to come through," West wrote. "Coming through isn't her function. She is more a logo than a person, a scarecrow stuffed with branding, an heiress-turned-model-turned-multimillionaire's-wife playacting as an authority on the challenges facing working women so that she can sell more pastel sheath dresses."
Although merciless, this type of takedown should be nothing new for the first daughter. Just last week, she and husband Jared Kushner were dragged down from the presidential pedestal, opened up and dissected in a ruthless Vanity Fair exposé, which echoed similar sentiments.
West maintained that Ivanka has pretended "to care about women's upward mobility just enough to soothe the complacent and provide plausible deniability for her father," who -- as West stated -- "is a stubborn, intractable toddler."
"No one has power over him," she wrote. "He doesn't want to be moderated, even by his daughter."
According to West, "the only evidence we have of Ms. Trump's supposed moderating effects and passion for progressive causes is her word. And, unfortunately for the entire planet, the word of a Trump isn't worth very much."
"A real advocate for women's power and prosperity would be devastated by President Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which will shatter the lives of hundreds of thousands of immigrant women and the people who depend on them," West wrote. "A real advocate for women's autonomy would fight indefatigably for affordable health care and abortion access. A real advocate for women would care about gay women, trans women, black women, Muslim women, Jewish women and all the other women being dehumanized and imperiled by Trumpism's fetish for calamity. If you are helping only certain women, then you do not actually care about women."
When Donald Trump was elected president last November, Ivanka was "portrayed as liberal America's consolation prize." She was "a passionate anti-wage-gap crusader," yet just last week she "endorsed the decision to abandon an Obama-era initiative, set to go into effect next spring, requiring federal contractors and companies above a certain size to report salary data."
"Ultimately," Ivanka explained, "while I believe the intention was good and agree that pay transparency is important, the proposed policy would not yield the intended results."
Following the race riots in Charlottesville, Ivanka denounced publicly (meaning via Twitter) Nazis and white supremacists, yet those very people continue to march in explicit support of her father and his administration -- which, by the way, still includes Ivanka.
"There is not going to be a surprise silver lining to the Trump presidency -- not from Ivanka Trump, not from Jared Kushner, not from Rex Tillerson, not from John Kelly," West wrote. "This is it. The Trump Doctrine is to say whatever makes you feel good and do whatever makes you the most money. And Ms. Trump isn't anomalous; she's emblematic. Don't waste your time parsing what they say; spend it fighting what they do."