A short 19-second video clip of Ivanka Trump at the G-20 summit gained a lot of popularity in the last few days because it showed the President’s daughter standing in a group with French President Macron, British Prime Minister Theresa May, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde. However, the reason the video went viral is that many people noticed that Ivanka was humiliated in the clip.
Ivanka tried to make an argument about how the whole ecosystem has been male-dominated, and at this point, the others, most notably Lagarde, appear to respond to Ivanka’s comments in a manner that many suggested shows that they were irritated by her involvement in the conversation.
However, Piers Morgan writes in his column for Daily Mail that most 19-second clips of conversations like that would look awkward, especially when taken out of context.
He says that if you ask every one of the people involved in the clip if they were actually irritated by Ivanka, they would all be totally bemused even by the question asked.
Ivanka Trump appears to be trying to get involved in a talk among Macron, May, Trudeau and Lagarde (IMF head).
The video is released by French Presidential palace. pic.twitter.com/TJ0LULCzyQ
— Parham Ghobadi (@ParhamGhobadi) June 29, 2019
Morgan writes that Ivanka is not just some random person trying to “muscle her way into a leader chat”, but she’s a formal White House Advisor to President Trump.
So, as such, is neither unusual nor inappropriate for her to engage in such conversations at events like this one.
He notes that Twitter screams that she wasn’t elected, but Morgan notes that President Obama had four Senior Advisors: David Axelrod, David Plouffe, Valerie Jarrett, and Dan Pleiffer.
Even though none of them was an elected official, this omission was never used against them.
However, he says that none of it matters to the legion of Trump critics, because this was just another chance to toss Ivanka onto social media’s bonfire once again.
Leading the charge was Democrat Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who wrote a powerful tweet about the video clip:
Piers Morgan thought that AOC’s sneering tone was particularly inappropriate, given that she is, in his opinion, arguably the least “qualified” member of the House of Representatives in U.S. political history.
So this is what he tweeted back:
He notes, though, that this wasn’t a dig at bartenders, because he has worked behind the bar many times himself.
This is how Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responded to Piers Morgan’s tweet:
Piers Morgan writes in his column for DailyMail that Ivanka has, in fact, worked very hard all her life. He acknowledges that she was born into vast wealth and privilege, but that was not her choice. She enjoyed a successful modeling career before joining her father’s business, he writes, and she has worked for Versace, Thierry Mugler, and Tommy Hilfiger.
In Morgan’s opinion, she could have chosen not to do that at all, as she had no financial need to work at all, but she devoted herself to becoming a top businesswoman instead.
He writes that he met Ivanka while filming Celebrity Apprentice, and she’s one of the most impressive people he knows: whip-smart, charming, warm, generous, and gracious. She is also a proven skilled negotiator and has a very thick skin that enables her to soak up all the relentless and disgusting things said to her, just like her father.
Yet, he writes, throughout it all, she gives service to her country for zero compensation.
And, unlike her father, she doesn’t engage in unedifying public spats or any unedifying behavior.
So, Morgan says that Ivanka’s the kind of person who any major company would love to have on their top executive team, and he’s glad she’s in the White House.
As for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, he writes that he admires the way she pulled off one of the US political sensations of this Millennium, but he cries “whoa there, my little firebrand..” when she tries to the high moral ground with Ivanka.
He writes that Ocasio-Cortez constantly brags about being a working-class girl from the Bronx, but she doesn’t brag about how her architect father Sergio moved the family from the Bronx to a nice home in Yorktown Heights in Westchester County, one of New York’s wealthiest suburbs when she was just 5.
So, Morgan writes that, like Donald Trump but on a far smaller scale, AOC’s father used his wealth to give his kids an advantage in life.
He also noted how AOC portrays herself as a feminist icon and makes endless pronouncements about the need to respect women, yet she makes a vicious and deliberately belittling “critique” on Ivanka Trump, mocking her for never having properly worked.
According to Morgan, it’s hard to imagine a more degrading insult for a woman who has, in fact, worked hard all her life, both during her education and during her career, and it comes from someone with minuscule political experience whose own father gave her a headstart too.
Ivanka did not respond to Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet, but she did tweet that the United States is the only country in the G20 with an entirely female negotiating team representing President Trump and advancing his policies.
He writes that the irony of all this is that the 2024 US election could possibly be between Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ivanka Trump, and he thinks that not only would Ivanka win, but she’d make a much better president than a hypocritical former bartender with a constant “jealousy chip on both shoulders”.
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