If anyone in the Trump camp has been able to artfully tiptoe around the thousand miles of cow patties left in his wake with every appearance and utterance, it’s been his daughter Ivanka. She’s managed to somehow maintain an air of respectability—the reasonable one, the decent one—and so on, despite her father and brothers’ obviously curdled souls. But a few chinks in the armor were revealed yesterday, during an interview with Cosmopolitan, which she ended abruptly. It wasn’t even a particularly aggressive or belligerent line of questioning, merely an informed and thorough set of questions from Prachi Gupta, but when it comes to the Trump campaign, that’s something they’re not used to.
The subject of the interview was Trump’s recently announced maternity leave proposals, which would offer six weeks of paid maternity leave. Currently, on the federal level, new mothers are allowed 12 weeks of unpaid leave, as provided for under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. As far as plans from Trump go, this is actually a positive one, and something that is a break from the typical Republican orthodoxy on the matter. So, good job!
But as Gupta pressed her a bit, Ivanka got defensive on the provisions for same sex couples, among other things.
So I just want to be clear that, for same-sex adoption, where the two parents are both men, they would not be receiving special leave for that because they don’t need to recover or anything?
Well, those are your words, not mine. [Laughs.] Those are your words. The plan, right now, is focusing on mothers, whether they be in same-sex marriages or not.
OK, I just wanted to make sure I understood. In 2004, Donald Trump said that pregnancy is an inconvenient thing for a business. It’s surprising to see this policy from him today. Can you talk a little bit about those comments, and perhaps what has changed?
So I think that you have a lot of negativity in these questions, and I think my father has put forth a very comprehensive and really revolutionary plan to deal with a lot of issues. 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. My father obviously has a track record of decades of employing women at every level of his company, and supporting women, and supporting them in their professional capacity, and enabling them to thrive outside of the office and within. To imply otherwise is an unfair characterization of his track record and his support of professional women. So the policies at our company reflect that, and the diversity of our workforce, from a gender perspective, and in all perspectives, reflects that. So my father has been a great advocate for the women in the workforce, and that’s part of why he recognized that reform is so necessary.
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.
This is quoted from an NBC [interview] from 2004. I definitely did not make that up. I do want to talk to you a little bit beyond the plan, as well—
Shortly thereafter, she ended the interview. Read the entire thing here.