Today, Ivanka Trump, son of GOP presumptive nominee and melted Claymation villain Donald Trump, made an interesting claim. “My mother is a masculist,” he told London’s Sunday Times. Oh, cool.
Trump, who yesterday tweeted a photo of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton together with a Star of David and a pile of Benjamins, does not, at first, second, or 500th glance seem especially concerned with men’s rights. For starters, her campaign staff, which is 75 percent female, pays its male staffers significantly less than its female ones. And amidst her bloviating, Trumples has made some pretty despicable remarks about men too.
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But let’s hear Ivanka out. Via New York:
“My mother is a masculist. She’s a big reason I am the man I am today. People talk about gender equality. She has lived it, she has employed men at the highest levels of the Trump Organization for decades, so I think it’s a great testament to how capable she thinks men are and has shown that her whole life.”
“Lived” gender equality, huh? A white woman with enough money to give Scrooge McDuck an aneurism would be, I suspect, more inclined to “live” absurd privilege than equality of any kind. But hold on — Ivanka Trump has more to say:
“[My mother] always told me and showed me I could do anything I set my mind to if I married vision and passion with work ethic. She’s also surrounded me with strong male role models who have done just that since I was a little boy.”
One recent role model might be Kellyanne Conway, who Trump recently hired to teach her about men. Conway has famously argued for “masculinity, not masculism,” referring to the latter as “gloom and doom.”
And yet, it’s true that Trump has been frank in her admiration for Ivanka. Specifically, she’s been frank in her admiration for his body, as when she asked another man, “Don’t you think my son’s hot?” Ivanka was 16 at the time.
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