Chelsea Clinton and Ivanka Trump may be friendly, but Clinton had no problem criticizing the speech her friend gave at the Republican National Convention last week.
In Cleveland, Trump portrayed her father as a feminist hero who would fight to close the gender pay gap. He “will focus on making quality child care affordable and accessible for all,” she said.
Since Donald Trump had never spoken substantively on either issue and the GOP has a history of standing in the way of such policies, Ivanka’s speech came across as more than a little bizarre. Though some lauded her speech as one of the best of the convention, labor groups and journalists who cover equal pay and child care were critical. “An enormous crock” is how Rebecca Traister put it in New York magazine.
Chelsea Clinton got the chance to weigh in during a Facebook Live panel Tuesday hosted by Glamour magazine. The clip drew attention in the following days in anticipation of Clinton’s speech introducing her mother at the Democratic National Convention Thursday night.
Noting that Chelsea and Ivanka are friendly, Glamour Editor-In-Chief Cindi Leive asked the former first daughter if there was anything she wanted to ask her friend about how the Republican nominee would achieve equal pay or affordable child care.
“If you got to ask her a question about how her father would do that, what would it be?” Leive said, around 10 minutes into the panel.
Clinton looked slightly amused.
“It would be that question: ‘How would your father do that?’” she said. “How would your father do that given it’s not something he’s spoken about. There are no policies on any of those fronts on his website. Not last week. Not this week. The how question is super important.”
Clinton and Trump reportedly put their friendship on ice during the presidential campaign, but on the “Today” show Thursday Clinton said she’d consider a “daughters summit” to talk about about their parents’ campaigns.
Hillary Clinton has spoken extensively about equal pay and childcare and has policy proposals on her website.
While Ivanka’s father hasn’t put out recommendations on these issues, he does have a track record of saying hostile things about women and mothers. He’s said “I think putting a wife to work is a very dangerous thing” and famously told a lawyer “you’re disgusting” when she took a break to pump breastmilk, from a deposition they were both attending.