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Ivanka Trump’s tone-deaf Tuesday

Jen Psaki

By Jen Psaki (original source CNN)

“Ivanka Trump had quite a day on Tuesday. She started it as the face of one of the most tone-deaf campaigns the White House has launched yet — and there is no shortage of competition in that category — and ended it by possibly violating a government ethics rule.

In the morning, the first daughter and White House adviser launched an initiative that called on the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs because of Covid-19 to “find something new.” It wasn’t just a turn of phrase or a misstatement during an otherwise well-orchestrated announcement. In fact, it appears to have been the planned campaign tag line.

Someone in the White House thought that having Ivanka Trump, the poster child for nepotism — having been appointed to a senior government position without any political experience — announce this campaign at a time when the country is reeling from a recession wrapped in a global pandemic and an overdue conversation on race, was the right move.

Let’s start with the elephant in the room. Ivanka Trump has never taken out student loans, never subsisted on ramen noodles and scrambled eggs to make ends meet, never struggled to find a job, never received an unemployment check — never. And her call to struggling Americans to think outside the box, explore switching industries or reconsider the role of higher education in employment, reflects her complete disconnect from the reality facing so many right now.”

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