Thursday, September 15, 2016

Ivanka Trump is a Social Justice Warrior Lightweight

Ivanka Trump did media interviews yesterday to promote her father's social justice warrior-type government interventionist childcare and maternity proposals when she ran into a serious social justice warrior.

She did an interview with a reporter from Cosmopolitan magazine. The Hill reports on what happened:
Ivanka Trump accused a Cosmopolitan magazine reporter of asking "negative" questions in a tense interview about her father's new child care and maternity leave policy.

Cosmopolitan reporter Prachi Gupta appeared to rattle the 34-year-old daughter of Donald Trump when she asked her in a phone interview to clarify whether his plan would address paternity leave or cover leave for gay couples when the parents are both men.
“So it's meant to benefit, whether it's in same-sex marriages as well, to benefit the mother who has given birth to the child if they have legal married status under the tax code,” Ivanka Trump said.

"Well, what about gay couples, where both partners are men?" Gupta asked.

Ivanka responded that the “intention” of her father’s plan was to “help mothers in recovery in the immediate aftermath of childbirth.”

The reporter did not let up, once again asking Ivanka to clarify how the plan would cover gay couples “where the two parents are both men.” Gupta asked if the policy would not allow leave for fathers “because they don’t need to recover for anything?”

"Well, those are your words, not mine," Trump responded, laughing, according to Cosmopolitan. "The plan, right now, is focusing on mothers, whether they be in same-sex marriages or not.”

Ivanka then accused the reporter of putting “a lot of negativity” in to her questions after Gupta cited a 2004 NBC interview during which Trump said pregnancy is “inconvenient” for employers and called Trump's plan "surprising."
I should add that Ivanka accusing the reporter of  “a lot of negativity” is a pretty good social justice warrior comeback. Skip the logic and just hurl charges of emotional hurt. Give her time and Ivanka could end up being worse than Hillary.



CNN has more on what went down:
Ivanka Trump cut short an interview with Cosmopolitan published Wednesday after being asked about some of Donald Trump's past comments about childcare and maternity leave...

"So I think that you have a lot of negativity in these questions," Ivanka Trump said, according to Cosmopolitan's transcript. "So I don't know how useful it is to spend too much time with you on this, if you're going to make a comment like that."...

She said the question was "an unfair characterization of his track record and his support of professional women."
Gupta pressed on: "I would like to say that I'm sorry the questions -- you're finding them negative, but it is relevant that a presidential candidate made those comments. So I'm just following up."
"Well, you said he made those comments. I don't know that he said those comments," Trump said.
Presented with the source of her father's quote -- an NBC interview in 2004 -- Trump shot back that "there's plenty of time for you to editorialize around this," and again pitched the campaign's new childcare policy.
"I hope that regardless of what your political viewpoint is, this should be celebrated," she added.
When Gupta pivoted to asking Trump about how Donald Trump proposed to pay for some of his most expensive policy proposals -- such as the border wall with Mexico, infrastructure investment, and increased defense spending -- Trump said that the policies would all be paid for as a result of the Trump campaign's forthcoming tax reform plan.
Shortly thereafter, she cut the interview off.
"I'm going to jump off -- I have to run. I apologize," Trump said.


  1. Please Robert. Ivanka is not an SJW of any variety. "Negativity" is not a tell of an SJW either. Raciss [sic], homophobe, xenophobe, Islamophobe, and so forth are.

    She's a garden-variety moderate liberal.

  2. I think libertarians should adjust their approach to the SJW crowd. I have personally converted some. Embrace their instinct that powerful people victimize vulnerable people. Then explain HOW. Explain how the fed enriches the wealthy and connected at the expense of everyone else. Explain the war on drugs, foreign policy, minimum wage. All of these problems can be explained in libertarian terms from a SJW perspective. Stop rolling your eyes at these people. It that could help, it would have done so by now. We need to use mental judo to redirect their enthusiasm toward our purposes. While we're at it, we should just start referring to ourselves as Social Justice Warriors. Is the state not the greatest source of social injustice?

    1. Disagree, libertarians have tried reaching out to the left and it's gone nowhere. Even when explaining with facts that many of their concerns can be addressed through voluntary means they'll find something to accuse you of. The LP has also done this with it's leadership and nominations of Gary Johnson twice.

      However this doesn't mean that there are some good liberals out there. I highly respect Glenn Greenwald for his work on the National Security state and also Carlos Miller the founder of the police accountability website Photography is Not a Crime.

      This however doesn't mean that working with the conservative or alt-right is any better, they hate us too at least they're more honest about it.

      As we know Rothbard tried reaching out to these people to achieve his goals and look how that turned out. Both the left and the right view us as useful idiots and when the day one of the sides is defeated the other will turn their guns on us next.

    2. Gone nowhere? I have met many many progressives turned libertarians. It is very doable. You just have to stop dancing on their landmines.