Once again, the media is attacking Ivanka Trump, given the fact that she is an active contributor to her father, Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. The GOP presidential nominee, Donald Trump unveiled his child care and paternity plan, which would involve tax credits for child care, paid maternity leave, and subsidies for parents who choose to stay at home to care for their children, according to his website.
After a sitting down for an interview recently with Cosmopolitan writer, Prachi Gupta, Ivanka was not having it. As Gupta continually pressed her on what benefit same-sex couples would have from Trump’s policy:
Gupta: OK, so when it comes to same-sex—
Ivanka: So it’s meant to benefit, whether it’s in same-sex marriages as well, to benefit the mother who has given birth to the child if they have legal married status under the tax code.
Gupta: Well, what about gay couples, where both partners are men?
Ivanka: The policy is fleshed out online, so you can go see all the elements of it. But the original intention of the plan is to help mothers in recovery in the immediate aftermath of childbirth.
Gupta: 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?
Ivanka: 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.
Ivanka continued to reiterate that this plan Trump has created focuses solely on mothers who gave birth and need to physically recover. Along with that statement, she did say mothers who give birth in same-sex relationships would benefit from the policy.
That was not good enough for Gupta, she turned to a different subject brought up Trump’s previous statements about “working moms-to-be”:
Gupta: 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?
Ivanka: 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.
So, there you go. Again, political bias is extremely important in the media and publishing world and Ivanka Trump’s work for the working woman should be recognized, not bashed because of who her father is. This is what will continue to bring the divide of strong working women, negativity and it has to stop. Ivanka Trump did eventually cut the interview short after answering a few more questions from Gupta. Gupta did say she was “sorry” Ivanka found the questions “negative,” but felt they were “relevant” in light of Donald Trump’s comments.