"When dynasties come into power the relatives are unsackable. Nepotism matters. Money matters. Connections matter. Qualifications certainly don’t." 🐷
"Ivanka, the daughter as wife substitute, travels the world talking about the empowerment of women. I think this means ear-rings. That her fembot ways enable her father to embolden those who will strip women of their rights is disarming but not new. Thuggish men have always used women to soften their images. Asma al-Assad, anyone? What Ivanka does for the Trump regime is branding. Product placement. She is both product and placement, and no one knows quite how to deal with it. World leaders may look awkward when she is placed in the middle of photographs, but they are complicit in allowing this to happen."
"That Ivanka is on some permanent take-your-daughter-to-work day has long been evident. She sat on stage with Angela Merkel in 2017, again to talk about women in the workforce. Last month another woman came forward with a rape allegation about Ivanka’s father, yet the story hardly gained traction at all."
When dynasties come into power the relatives are unsackable. Nepotism matters. Money matters. Connections matter. Qualifications certainly don’t. When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called out Ivanka’s presence at the G20 the response was a shrug and the usual jibes about AOC having been a bartender. Jobs are apparently for little people."
"When no one is held accountable a democracy can become a dictatorship; that is the dividing line. No one elected Ivanka, but here she is, repping the Trump brand. Imagine the Obama girls having done this, if they had reached adulthood while their father was president. There would have been uproar about the constitution. Instead the toxicity of Trump, a patriarchal mobster, is still met with appalled politeness. The British royals prostrated themselves before these low lifes."
We laugh at Ivanka Trump – because to take her seriously is frightening
Irish Times, July 2, 2019