Ivanka Trump’s greatest fear might be a little bit closer to her father’s neurosis if a New York Times columnist has anything to say about it.
According to Maureen Dowd, the first daughter was fearful she would lose her father’s name recognition when her parents divorced.
“Ivanka’s quest to have a brand that both complemented and contrasted with her father was quixotic,” Dowd wrote Saturday. “After her panic when he left her mother for Marla Maples — Ivanka worried she wouldn’t be able to keep the Trump name, and called him constantly — she spent her life fashioning herself, ‘Vertigo’-style, into his ideal.”
She went on to describe Ivanka as a kind of “Mini-Me” to her father, who helped her trademark her own name by the time she was 16 years old. Dowd went on to cite Fox News, which must have seen the same characteristics. “There is a distinct genetic quality to Ivanka’s preternatural ability to self-promote,” the network wrote.
Washington Examiner columnist Kristen Soltis Anderson joined Jake Tapper’s CNN panel Friday, noting that the elder Trump child wants to stay in politics long after her father is out of office.
“I think she’s seeing the same polls we are seeing which is that this is a policy that was deeply unpopular,” she continued. “Outside of her father’s very ardent base.”
The comments was in relation to the tweets Trump sent out after her father signed the executive order.
“Now that an EO has been signed ending family separation at the border, it is time to focus on swiftly and safely reuniting the families that have been separated,” she tweeted. The panel of women wondered why Trump couldn’t be the person to fix it given that she is one of the top-most advisors to the president.
“It’s like she tweets just as they think that there’s a slight shift in policy,” said Neera Tanden, who serves as the President of the Center for American Progress. “Trump said something, Donald Trump said something. We have no idea, they have no idea how to unite these parents. This is — but these tweets are really just a PR stunt for how the country will see her as the softer side of this horrendous policy. She’s willing to tweet about it now but the most important question is, where was she a week ago or two weeks ago or a month ago?”
Read the full commentary from Dowd at the New York Times.