Ivanka Trump has been slammed as the "patron saint of nepotists, hypocrites and grifters" after touring Africa to ostensibly promote women's rights — while still defending her father's misogynistic policies.
"We don’t deserve Saint Ivanka, we really don’t," Arwa Mahdawi, a columnist for The Guardian, wrote. "Nobody asked Donald Trump’s [favorite] child to devote her life to empowering women, she just knew it had to be done."
Mahdawi noted that the First Daughter was "not content with simply empowering the women of the US," so she decided to take her campaign to Africa.
She began her tour in Ethiopia, the columnist noted, to promote the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity initiative. It was launched with a $50 million fund — "less than the cost of the president’s trips to Mar-a-Lago," which cost American taxpayers $64.6 million per one estimate.
"Of course, that doesn’t factor in Ivanka’s time and expertise, which is priceless," Mahdawi wrote. "Who knows how many Ethiopian women she has empowered already. I am sure she has taught Sahle-Work Zewde, a respected career diplomat and Ethiopia’s first female president, a thing or two."
The First Daughter's "superpower," the columnist mused, is the same as her father's — "that she believes her own spin."
"She seems genuinely to see herself as a champion of women – despite the fact that she has remained silent as her father has systematically attacked women’s rights," Mahdawi noted. "The W-GDP was announced two days after Trump’s State of the Union address, in which he pandered to his base by pushing inflammatory lies about abortion."
She's remained tight-lipped about abortion when asked — but has nonetheless campaigned for Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, a Republican who signed one of the United States' most draconian abortion laws.
"Having empowered and inspired Ethiopians, Ivanka is off to Ivory Coast," Mahdawi wrote, noting that the First Daughter will then fly back to the US, "where she will no doubt remain silent as her father continues to vilify immigrants, separate migrant mothers from their children, advance an anti-abortion agenda and incite violence against one of the first Muslim congresswomen."