Former Secretary of State and current author-of-the-moment Hillary Clinton continues to make news in interviews to support her new book “What Happened,” often by saying what lots of us are thinking. For example, First Daughter and Human Embodiment of a Low Whisper Ivanka Trump gets an awful lot of credit from the media for the allegedly moderate influence that she never actually exerts, yet succeeds at legitimizing Trump every chance she gets.
True to her barely-corporeal presence in the world, Ivanka didn't merit a single mention in “What Happened,” but when asked about her in a recent interview, Hillary Clinton told Refinery 29's Arianna Davis, very nicely, that Ivanka is endorsing Trump's hateful, racist agenda:
DAVIS: So, Ivanka Trump. She’s started to champion a lot of the same issues that you did, she even wore a white pantsuit to inauguration, but she’s kind of failed to live up to a lot the things that she said that she would. Do you feel that she’s complicit in the administration’s actions? And should we be sympatheic for her?
CLINTON: The way I look at it is that the person who has to be held responsible is Donald Trump. He is the president, he listens to who he listens to, he tweets and speaks out, makes common cause with white supremacists, and neo-Nazis, and Ku Klux Klanners, takes away the protections that were granted to 800,000 DREAMers, and in so many ways just trying to impose a political agenda that is turning the clock back, or attempting to do so in ways that I find not only really repulsive, but wrongheaded in terms of the kind of country we are.
So everyone associated with him, they’re either on board with that, or they’re not.
CLINTON: And if they’re not they need to be speaking out or leaving. But if they remain silent, and just give lip service to contrary points of views, then they are part of his agenda and should be judged and held accountable for that.
That's also not including the one time Ivanka has spoken up in recent weeks, which was to support gutting a key equal pay protection.
Listening to Hillary Clinton speak about Ivanka Trump is a stark reminder that, as Kellyanne Conway recently pointed out, the ineffectual and barely-there Ivanka Trump is the highest-ranking woman in the White House right now. As anyone who looks at the state of the country during the Trump presidency can tell you, it shows.
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