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Ivanka Trump defends her father against allegations of misogyny

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Donald Trump, his wife Melania, and four of his children gave an hour-long interview to CNN on Tuesday night, during which Ivanka Trump spoke out against critics who label her father as a misogynist. “I’ve witnessed these incredible female role models that he’s employed in the highest executive positions at the Trump Organization my entire life, in an industry that has been dominated by men — is still dominated by men — but certainly was when he was starting out in his career and employing some of these women and raising them through the ranks,” Ivanka said.

She also noted that Trump has always encouraged her and her sister Tiffany to pursue their ambitions. “There wasn’t anything I couldn’t do if I set my mind to it, if I had deep passion,” she said. “That message is not one a father would relay to a daughter who he didn’t believe had the potential to accomplish exactly what her brothers could.”

Ivanka’s statements notwithstanding, Trump has been widely condemned for his remarks to and about women. Media outlets have surfaced old interviews in which the presidential hopeful ranked women on a ten-point scale, mocked the appearances of Rosie O’Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg, and expressed keen interest in sleeping with Princess Diana. Throughout his campaign, Trump has clashed with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, at one point dismissing her as having “blood coming out of here wherever.” Just a few weeks ago, he suggested that women who undergo abortions deserve punishment.

Read the full story at Fortune.

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