Sickening? Read on.
In June 2016 when he was the presumptive presidential nominee, Trump wanted Ivanka to be his running mate, saying this to his top campaign aides:
“I think it should be Ivanka. What about Ivanka as my VP? She’s bright, she’s smart, she’s beautiful, and the people would love her!”
It sounded like Trump was talking about a contestant in one of his beauty pageants, but no – he was describing daughter Ivanka.
This is according to a book that debuts next week, Wicked Game, by Rick Gates.
I had to stop for a moment to try and remember who Rick Gates was.
I associated the word “Gates” with “Trump” and “convicted,” but which criminal was he? There are so many…
Gates, pictured in the bottom row, was Trump’s former deputy campaign manager and pal of former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, also pictured above. Gates pleaded guilty in February 2018 to conspiracy against the United States and lying to federal investigators about lobbying work he and Manafort did in Ukraine before joining the Trump campaign.
Trump berated the “Fake News” for reporting the excerpt from Gates’ book…
But Trump stopped short of calling Gates a liar.
I find the story quite plausible. First, because Trump lies all the time.
And second, Trump’s regard for Ivanka has been visible for years:
So let’s imagine Trump and Ivanka on the 2016 ticket…
Instead of kissing babies, Ivanka and Trump would kiss each other…
In her favor: Ivanka has been a public speaker for years, hawking her jewelry line…
And her cleverly named clothing line:
And her cleverly named perfume line:
Plus – another Trump talking point – Ivanka had large breasts. Or at least, she does now:
So I think Ivanka could have done well on the 2016 campaign trail.
For example, when giving a speech about her position on climate change and the natural world…
And her speeches about international relations would have wowed us:
And her commitment to child and adult literacy would have been front and center as well:
Yes, if Trump had been granted his wish, tonight at the VP debates we might have been treated to scenes like this:
But, alas, it was not to be.
Still, if you’re so inclined, you can hope that someday Ivanka will actually have her place in the White House, not down the hall as her Daddy’s senior suckup, but in the Oval Office:
Or perhaps even sooner than “someday…”