Eric Trump Says Ivanka ‘Has Done More for Women Than Probably Anybody in Washington’

Eric Trump is speaking out after the debut of an ongoing performance art piece in Washington, D.C. taking aim at his sister, Ivanka.

The installation, put on by artist Jennifer Rubell, features an actress resembling Ivanka Trump clad in pink and vacuuming. Visitors are invited to toss crumbs for “Ivanka” to vacuum up.

A press release describes the installation as “simultaneously a visual celebration of a contemporary feminine icon; a portrait of our own relationship to that figure; and a questioning of our complicity in her role-playing.”

Ryan Maxwell Photography/CulturalDC
Ryan Maxwell Photography/CulturalDC

The artist spoke of the feelings visitors may experience at the exhibit:

“Here is what’s complicated: we enjoy throwing the crumbs for Ivanka to vacuum. That is the icky truth at the center of the work. It’s funny, it’s pleasurable, it makes us feel powerful, and we want to do it more,” notes Rubell. “We like having the power to elicit a specific and certain response. Also, we know she’ll keep vacuuming whether we do it or not, so it’s not really our fault, right?”

Of course, art is subjective, and not everyone is happy with the installation. Eric Trump discussed the work during a Tuesday morning appearance on “Fox & Friends.”

“These leftists called up a modeling agency saying, ‘You know what, I want to get a nice woman to come stand on a carpet so — with a vacuum of all things — so our people can throw food and crumbs to mimic a powerful woman who has done more for women than probably anybody in Washington, D.C.,'” Trump said.

Watch the video below, via Fox News:

Ivanka Trump also weighed in on the art piece on Twitter.

“Women can choose to knock each other down or build each other up,” she wrote. “I choose the latter.”

Artist Jennifer Rubell responded by inviting Ivanka to visit the gallery and see the piece for herself.

“I would be happy to arrange for you to do it alone with none of the media circus that has formed around it,” Rubell wrote in a tweet. “Not knocking anyone down. Exploring complicated subjects we all care about.”

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Phyllis Softa
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Where is the video of Eric telling the FOX News audience all the wonderful things his sister has done for women? I realize it is FOX, but even Screwtape would have asked Eric to share some of Ivanka’s accomplishments. I thought perhaps the wrong video was inserted but I could not find it on other articles discussing Eric’s claim.

Rocky Drummond
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Some artists try to provoke discussions about a subject. It’s working, but it won’t last long.

This one seems destined to be short-lived.

Phoenix
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I’m confused by both sides of this. Ivanka Trump has tried in some scenarios, but i’d hardly say she has helped women more than anyone else in DC at this moment.

More confusing to me though… what the hell is the deal with the art display? Why put Ivanka Trump, of all people, on blast? Unless you just want attention.

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