When Donald Trump was elected president, many Democrats crossed their fingers Ivanka Trump would be in their corner. However, the first daughter has been the focus of several Trump controversies — many of which contradict her more liberal ideals.
Up ahead, we share some of the most confusing Ivanka Trump controversies you may have forgotten about.
1. She didn’t vote in the primaries
One of the earliest Ivanka Trump controversies occurred during the primaries when the future first daughter wasn’t able to vote. Both Ivanka and her brother Eric Trump reportedly missed the deadline for voter registration in New York. And, as a result, they were not eligible to vote in the New York City Republican primary.
2. Her seat at the 2017 G20 Summit
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While attending the 2017 G20 Summit in Hamburg, world leaders were outraged when Ivanka Trump took her father’s place at a meeting on African migration and health.
3. That time she said Donald Trump is ‘not a groper’
In a May 2016 interview with Norah O’Donnell on CBS, Ivanka Trump was asked about an alleged sexual assault claim against her father. Not only did she stand up for her father, she went on to say, “he has total respect for women.”
This was just a few months before a video of Donald Trump making inappropriate comments about groping women would surface and circulate across news outlets everywhere.
4. Her heated interview about child care and maternity leave in the U.S.
When Donald Trump proposed his child care and maternity leave plan in September 2016, Cosmopolitan was quick to ask his daughter’s opinion on the matter. And although Ivanka Trump claimed to be an advocate for women and children, her true colors shined through when questioned about her dad’s negative remarks on pregnancy.
The first daughter accused reporter, Prachi Gupta of a negative connotation and quickly put an end to the interview.
5. The controversial Oval Office photo she posted on Instagram
The G20 Summit wasn’t the only time Ivanka Trump took her father’s place (and caused controversy over it). In a photo posted on her personal Instagram account, Trump is seen sitting at the Oval Office desk with her father and Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau standing beside her. Needless to say, her followers (and critics) were appalled to see her sitting in a seat reserved for the President of The United States.
6. The silver gown incident of 2017
Another major moment in Ivanka Trump controversies? That time she posted a photo of herself in a silver gown a week after her father was sworn into office. That said, the dress wasn’t exactly the issue. On January 28th — the same day she posted the Instagram photo — Donald Trump signed an executive order that put a block on immigration from several Muslim-majority countries. While protests popped up at airports across the United States, Ivanka Trump and her husband looked like they were enjoying a nice night out. This caused uproar on her Instagram account.
To add fuel to the fire, Trump was reportedly observing Shabbat and had no idea the rest of the country was in turmoil over the ban. That said, her reasoning seemed a bit fishy, given she posted the photo long after sundown.
7. All the times she’s used her dad’s political platform as advertisement for her brand
In addition to the above controversies, Ivanka Trump and her brand have been under fire numerous times for inappropriate advertising. In particular, promoting the branded items she’s worn for media coverage and interviews.
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