Ivanka Trump was her father’s staunchest supporter from the moment that he first announced he was running for the presidency in 2016. Same thing in 2020 when he hoped to have a second term. But this time Ivanka has made it clear that she’s off the bandwagon. Soon after Donald Trump announced his third bid for the presidency, Ivanka declared to the world, “I love my father very much. This time around, I am choosing to prioritize my young children and the private life we are creating as a family. I do not plan to be involved in politics,” she told Fox News.
The question being asked is: “why has the former first daughter forsaken him now?”
According to The New York Times, it has something to do with the $2 billion investment that her husband, Jared Kushner, secured from Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, not long after the end of her father’s term.
As they say, optics is everything and as MSN suggested, “the payday was not a good look; it came from the man who ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.”
CREW found that Ivanka and Kushner’s outside cash flow also enriched them to the tune of up to $640 million while they worked for the former president, again, the revelation of this fact, when Donald has professed all along that the honor of the presidency cost him $2 to $5 billion dollars was not good.
Just to set the record straight, Forbes clarified that this was nowhere near the truth. In fact, “Trump is not losing $3 billion to $5 billion. His income isn’t anywhere near $3 billion.”
But according to some sources, Ivanka’s campaign decision isn’t all about the money. An insider told Us Weekly that it was the messy end of Donald Trump’s presidency that made Ivanka Trump decide that she was through helping him with his political career. From the first Trump campaign Ivanka tried to moderate his extreme positions, especially his misogyny after the incident with Megyn Kelly when he said “blood was coming out of her…everywhere.” While in the White House, she tried to curb his worst instincts: outrageous comments, tweeting in the middle of the night, associating with white supremacists. She tried to curate his public image—something that proved to be an impossible task.
Then she was ultimately put in a position of testifying for the congressional panel investigating the insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, where she told them that she does not believe her father’s false claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him because of voting fraud. In a video deposition, shown to the public for the first time during the first hearing of the House panel, she said her perspective changed after hearing that Bill Barr, who was Trump’s attorney general for most of 2020, until he resigned that December, had explained to her father repeatedly that he had lost the election. “I respect Attorney General Barr. So I accepted what he was saying,” she said. Whether anybody actually believes that she had a change of mind or that she knew this all along but merely went along with her father’s lies is anybody’s guess.
In the end, “She saw firsthand how vicious and toxic the backbiting was and still is, and when the time came for her to step away she couldn’t do so fast enough,” said the source. “Her priority is to pursue a calm, low-key life now.”
She’s enjoying her life, “My kids are thriving, and I want to maintain this cadence — this rhythm — at this point in our family’s life.” Politics would spoil that.
She is still close with her father and that’s the role she likes to emphasize now: “I’ve had many roles over the years, but that of daughter is one of the most elemental and consequential,”