‘I don’t know if she has any relevance’: CNN’s Don Lemon hits out at Ivanka Trump and insists she has achieved nothing as a White House adviser in response to Donald Trump’s claims that she’d be ‘tough to beat’ as a presidential candidate
- CNN Tonight host Don Lemon took aim at First Daughter Ivanka Trump on Friday
- He laughed off claims Ivanka is a ‘serious adviser’ with presidential credentials
- Lemon also criticized her for not being vocal on issues during the 2016 election
- An article published by the Atlantic quoted Donald Trump as saying Ivanka would be ‘very hard to beat’ if she ever decided to run for president
- Democratic strategist Jessica Tarlov also said during a separate show that Ivanka ‘wasn’t a feminist’ and lacked the ‘policy chops’ to launch a presidential bid
CNN Tonight host Don Lemon took aim at First Daughter Ivanka Trump on Friday night, questioning if she still had any ‘relevance’ and insisted she’s achieved nothing as an adviser to the White house.
During a segment focusing on a recent profile published of Ivanka in the Atlantic, Lemon scoffed at conservative commentator Alice Stewart’s claims that the 37-year-old was a ‘serious adviser and a dutiful daughter at the same time’.
‘You’re good, Alice,’ Lemon laughed, before calling out the president’s oldest daughter for not being more vocal on issues such as abortion rights and climate change during the 2016 election.
He insisted her sudden activism ‘doesn’t fly’ now that she works in the White House, suggesting Ivanka’s current declarations to address problems such a gender-pay disparity may be too little, too late – or insincere all together.
CNN Tonight host Don Lemon took aim at First Daughter Ivanka Trump on Friday night, insisting she’s achieved nothing as an adviser to the White House
Ivanka Trump (above) was criticized by the TV personality for not being vocal enough during the 2016 election and for lacking ‘relevance’
As the panel discussion came to a close, the host said he ‘struggled’ to even have the discussion of Ivanka’s role in the White House.
‘I don’t know if Ivanka Trump has any relevance now,’ he told the panel. ‘I don’t know if she has any relevance now and I don’t know what she’s actually accomplished.’
The comments came in reference to an Atlantic article in which President Trump is quoted as saying: ‘If [Ivanka] ever wanted to run for president…I think she’d be very hard to beat.’
Trump also said he had previously considered nominating his daughter to head up the World Bank, because she’s ‘very good with numbers’.
‘I’ve seen her under tremendous stress and pressure,’ he continued. ‘She reacts very well — that’s usually a genetic thing, but it’s one of those things, nevertheless.’
Don Lemon wasn’t the only person to attempt to contradict the glowing review of Ivanka’s credentials that her father issued earlier this week.
Democratic strategist Jessica Tarlov said on The Story with Martha MacCallum that Ivanka Trump is not a feminist, questioning the suggestion she’d ever make a strong presidential candidate.
In a separate show on Friday, Democratic strategist Jessica Tarlov said on The Story with Martha MacCallum that Ivanka Trump is not a feminist
The comments came in reference to an Atlantic article, in which President Trump is quoted as saying: ‘If [Ivanka] ever wanted to run for president…I think she’d be very hard to beat.’
‘The policies that Ivanka Trump supports do not help women, raising the minimum wage, for instance, two-thirds of people in America who are on the minimum wage are women. She’s not for raising the federal minimum wage,’ Tarlov said.
Her comments were sparked in reference to criticism aimed towards the First Daughter by celebrity Chrissy Teigen, during a House Democrats conference on Thursday.
‘It’s a painful thing to see that,’ Teigen said when asked about photos of children being separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border. ‘And it’s a painful thing to see such a complete lack of empathy when it comes from people, like Ivanka.’
Echoing Teigen’s sentiments, Tarlov went on to say that Ivanka lacks ‘the policy chops’ to be considered a presidential contender.
‘I have heard that she is very well liked. I don’t think that she has the policy chops or experience to be jumping into a presidential race in 2024 or 2028 or 20 anything. And I don’t think that she is someone who is going to really rally a lot of support beyond Trumpers.’