A few weeks ago, Saturday Night Live ran one of their fake-ad skits featuring Scarlett Johannsen as Ivanka Trump. In the skit, the president’s daughter was hawking a new perfume line: Complicit. And the joke was that by supporting her father, Ivanka was responsible for whatever monstrous things he did.
In an interview with CBS last Wednesday, Ivanka was asked about the skit. Host Gayle King asked Ivanka if she felt “complicit” in furthering Donald Trump’s agenda.
“If being complicit means wanting to be a force for good and wanting to make a positive impact, then I’m complicit,” she said.
Was that the best answer? Perhaps not, but what can you do when you’re subjected to this kind of nonsense journalism? King is asking her about what? An SNL joke? Her responsibility as a liberal to rein her father in? What exactly can be said in such a situation other than, “Hey, go take a flying leap.” And we know that Ivanka is far too classy for a response like that.
“You also talk about the critics, and you have a couple who say, ‘Why isn’t Ivanka speaking out? Where is she on Planned Parenthood? Where is she on gay rights? Where is she on the rights of women? Where is she on climate change?’ And it’s like you’re being held personally accountable for not speaking up. What do you say to your critics?” King asked in the interview.
What a bunch of nonsense. Who is saying any of this? Who expected that Ivanka would turn her father into a Democrat once he ascended to the White House? Is that really what the writers of SNL and the, ahem, journalists at CBS actually thought was going to happen? Did they get the idea somewhere along the line that President Trump is someone who just goes along with whatever someone says? It’s ludicrous.
We don’t doubt that Ivanka has her father’s ear, and we know for certain that she’s responsible for leading him down a more liberal path than he might otherwise want to take on the subject of Planned Parenthood and other feminist issues. But we expect – or at least hope – that will be the extent of her liberal influence over the president.
In the meantime, Ivanka is in no way “complicit” in allowing the Donald Trump agenda to materialize. Her allegiance is to her father, and her father’s allegiance is to the American people – particularly the ones that voted him into office. If Ivanka’s crime is to let democracy take its course, she’s got nothing to be ashamed of.