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Ivanka Trump says she’s ‘complicit’ with her father in trying ‘to make a positive impact’

By WITW Staff on April 5, 2017

In an interview with Gayle King of CBS This Morning on Tuesday, Ivanka Trump responded to an oft-repeated complaint from liberal critics who consider the first daughter “complicit” in supporting her father’s stance on polarizing issues such as gay marriage, climate change, and Planned Parenthood.

“If being complicit is wanting to, is wanting to be a force for good and to make a positive impact, then I’m complicit,” said Trump. “I don’t know that the critics who may say that of me, if they found themselves in this very unique and unprecedented situation that I am now in, would do any differently than I am doing.”

“I don’t know what it means to be complicit,” she added. “But you know, I hope time will prove that I have done a good job and, much more importantly, that my father’s administration is the success that I know it will be.”

Ivanka, long considered one of her father’s closest advisors, officially took on a role as assistant to the president in March after it was revealed that she had already been given special security clearances and an office in the West Wing. Back in November, members of the art world, where Ivanka had previously been seen as a progressive figure, teamed together to create dear_ivanka, an Instagram account featuring letters written to Ivanka by artists who hoped that she would use her influence to curtail her father from, among other things, appointing people who endorse “racism, anti-Semitism, misogyny, and homophobia” to positions of power.

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com·plic·it kəmˈplisit/ adjective adjective: complicit 1. involved with others in an illegal activity or wrongdoing."all of these people are complicit in some criminal conspiracy" com·pla·cent kəmˈplās(ə)nt/ adjective adjective: complacent 1. showing smug or uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one's achievements."you can't afford to be complacent about security" 2. synonyms: smug, self-satisfied, self-congratulatory, self-regarding, conceited; triumphant, proud; pleased, satisfied, content, contented "in this competitive field we can't afford to be complacent" Dear @ivankatrump, A childcare bill that gives more of a return to those who make MORE money- even when childcare costs for both parties are the same? Rich children don't really cost more than poor children, even if you buy them a new iPhone every year or horseback riding lessons or take them to a music for toddlers class on your Tuesday afternoons to give one of your nannies a break. The question is- are you complicit or are you complacent? And the question for us is- which is worse? Someone who is acting in accordance with her father and his cabinet and their beliefs- doing her part to cover up the misogyny that goes hand in hand with an ethos of billionaires for billionaires? Or someone who thinks she's helping but is so complacent, uncritical and self satisfied, that this is what she imagines doing her part for women looks like? #dearivanka #itwisewords #womenwhowork #pussygrabbingPOTUS

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Some months into Donald Trump’s presidency, such critics appear to have given up on Ivanka. In a recent Saturday night live skit, Ivanka, portrayed by Scarlett Johansson, can be seen advertising a fictional perfume called, “Complicit — the fragrance for the woman who could stop all this, but won’t.”

Speaking with CBS on Tuesday, Trump suggested that it was unfair to declare her “complicit” in her father’s agenda just because she didn’t publicly disavow his policies.

“I would say not to conflate lack of public denouncement with silence,” she said. “In some case it’s through protest and it’s through going on the nightly news and talking about or denouncing every issue in which you disagree with. Other times it is quietly, and directly, and candidly. So where I disagree with my father, he knows it, and I express myself with total candor. Where I agree, I fully lean in and support the agenda.”

Watch the full interview with Trump below.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.


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