Thursday, April 06, 2017

Mrs. Kushner Is A Trump

Several years ago, when right-win talk radio was in its infancy, there was in New York City a conservative show host named Bob Grant, born Robert Ciro Gigante. Lacking a Ph.D. in English grammar but possessing a keen nose for controversy, he often would refer to an individual he disagreed with as "a fake, a phony, and a fraud."

There is no indication whether Grant ever knew Ivanka Trump, but he might as well have. Annie Karni of Politico reports that Ms. Trump recently was interviewed by CBS' Gayle King, wherein she
"defended her role both as a champion of women and as someone who is choosing to stay away from the public fight to defund Planned Parenthood." She

defended her position, arguing that she is playing a long game, and that speaking out on issues where she doesn’t see a win won’t help her be effective in the White House.

“I’ll take hits from some critics who say that I should take to the street,” she said. “And then other people will in the long-term respect where I get to. But I think most of the impact I have, over time most people will not actually know about.” She has also noted that the line item for women’s health increased in the Trump administration’s proposed budget.

The latter smacks as an accounting trick because funding for women's health is cut in Trump's budget.

Most of the impact I have, over time most people will not actually know about. The future may not be ours to see, but the present is in plain view.

The president's daughter and trusted advisor was not able to stop her father from pushing the GOP's healthcare bill by playing on his opposition to reproductive freedom. "The irony is" Trump tweeted on March 24,"that the Freedom Caucus, which is very pro-life and against Planned Parenthood, allows P.P. to continue if they stop this plan!"

Ms. Trump's alleged influence did not extend to Vice President Pence, who on March 30 cast the deciding vote in the Senate to advance a bill which would allow states to deny funding to Planned Parenthood. Nor did it stop daddy from encouraging the legislation when twenty-four days earlier he told The New York Times

As I said throughout the campaign, I am pro-life and I am deeply committed to investing in women’s health and plan to significantly increase federal funding in support of nonabortion services such as cancer screenings.   Polling shows the majority of Americans oppose public funding for abortion, even those who identify as pro-choice. There is an opportunity for organizations to continue the important work they do in support of women’s health, while not providing abortion services.

"Polling shows the majority of Americans oppose public funding for abortion." The wife of Jared Kushner was unable even to prevent the President from implying the existence of public funding for abortion, illegal (except in the rarest, most dire circumstances) under terms of the annually re-authorized Hyde Amendment.

Posting on Slate, Matthew Dessem notes President Trump's

policies couldn’t possibly be any worse, which means it’s impossible that Ivanka made them any better. That shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who’s followed empowerment feminism, a philosophy whose alliance with capitalism means its support of women stops the second rich people start getting uncomfortable. Or as (Samantha) Bee puts it, Ivanka “pushes #WomenWhoWork, but not in, like, a pushy, cunty way that would alienate social conservatives.” It seems like pretty good preparation for her current job, which, as Bee ably documents, is pushing Donald Trump’s punishingly racist, sexist, and anti-poor policies, but not in, like, a badly-dressed, southern accent way that would alienate social liberals. Nice work, if you can get it.

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