At the core of both his popularity and unpopularity is Donald Trump’s off-the-cuff, often politically incorrect comments. It’s both the reason he’s struck a chord with so many Americans tired of politicians and political correctness run amok — and the reason he’s repelled so many, particularly on the politically correct left, by his sometimes shocking words.
Fox News’ Megyn Kelly was at the center of some of those shocking words last fall, in a well-publicized skirmish between her and the GOP candidate. The months-long feud began with Kelly confronting Trump about some of his — shall we say — more colorful remarks about women at the very first Republican debate. (The two ultimately called a truce when Kelly interviewed Trump last spring.)
While Kelly and Trump may have called a cease-fire, the criticisms of Trump’s attitude toward women haven’t ceased; they continue to be a central theme in attacks against him — and Megyn Kelly was once again asking about Trump’s “trouble with women” this week. Only this time, she was asking not Donald Trump himself, but his daughter, Ivanka.
And far from denying that her father indeed does sometimes utter some rather rough words, Ivanka forthrightly acknowledged them with three words that should take the wind out of the cries of Trump’s alleged “sexism”: equal opportunity offender.
Host Megyn Kelly asked Ivanka what she thought of her dad’s “rough and tumble campaign tactics” that has led to problematic polling numbers with female voters, Fox News Insider noted.
“I’ve always wondered how you reacted to that, you know, like the re-tweet of Heidi Cruz next to Melania,” Kelly said to the successful business woman.
In response, Ivanka had to admit the obvious… her dad is an “equal opportunity offender.”
“If somebody says something against him he will speak his mind,” Ivanka said straightforwardly. “And he treats women equal to how he treats men. He’s said plenty of rough things about men over the years, and I discourage him from doing that as I discourage him from doing that with women.”
On the other hand, Ivanka pointed out that her father treats women the same way he treats men, without “kid gloves,” and that, she said, shows he recognizes women are “equipped to handle it and are able to do so.”
“So, in a certain way there’s no bias in his viewpoint. He views all people equally, men or women, it doesn’t matter, and he treats them accordingly,” Ivanka added.
She concluded saying, “He’s very authentic, and he’ll tell anyone, man or woman, what he’s thinking and how he feels.”
Hard to imagine a better response to Kelly’s question. Ivanka, once again, demonstrates both her authenticity, poise and eloquence.
And, as for her father, isn’t equal opportunity what the left says they want?
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]