Chelsea Clinton reveals disgust for ‘complicit’ Ivanka Trump

Noble Horvath

It’s part of the lore of the 2016 presidential campaign that Chelsea Clinton and Ivanka Trump, the daughters of the rival candidates, were once good friends, bonding over shared lives as working moms, Manhattan socialites and the beloved daughters of famous and powerful American figures. From left, Ivanka Trump, Keri […]

It’s part of the lore of the 2016 presidential campaign that Chelsea Clinton and Ivanka Trump, the daughters of the rival candidates, were once good friends, bonding over shared lives as working moms, Manhattan socialites and the beloved daughters of famous and powerful American figures.

From left, Ivanka Trump, Keri Russell and Chelsea Clinton arrive at the 2014 Glamour Women of the Year Awards, hosted by L’Oreal Paris, at Carnegie Hall on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) 

It’s hard to imagine that the friendship could have have survived the campaign, especially after Ivanka’s reality TV father, Donald Trump, invited women who had accused Chelsea’s father of sexual abuse to sit in the audience for one of his debates against Chelsea’s mother, Hillary Clinton. Ivanka Trump appeared to have gone along with her father’s attempts to rattle the former Secretary of State with a stunt targeting former President Bill Clinton.

Chelsea Clinton, 40, now reveals in a new interview with Andy Cohen that the friendship broke down over other issues during the 2016 campaign. Clinton also said she joins others objecting to the way Ivanka Trump has sought to play such an active role in her father’s “corrupt” presidential administration. Ivanka Trump is a senior advisor in her father’s White House.

“I’ve not spoken to her since 2016 and I have no interest in someone who is not only complicit but actively taking part in this administration’s everyday collision of cruelty and incompetence,” Chelsea Clinton told Cohen.

“I have no interest in being friends with someone like that,” Chelsea Clinton added. Among other things, this statement certainly expresses the views of many Democrats who’ve broken off with friends who continue to support Donald Trump.

As recently as 2015, Chelsea Clinton praised Ivanka Trump in a lengthy and flattering Vogue magazine article. The feature focused on Ivanka Trump emerging from beneath the shadow of Donald Trump’s reality TV fame to assert her own identity as a real estate executive, a fashion brand entrepreneur and glamorous wife and mother. “There’s nothing skin-deep about Ivanka,” Chelsea Clinton said. Ivanka Trump, likewise, told People magazine in 2016 that she and Chelsea “have great respect for each other.”

Once Trump was elected, Chelsea Clinton began using her social media platform to speak out against his administration’s policies. She focused her criticism on Ivanka Trump when she landed herself at the center of a diplomatic scandal that erupted six months into Trump’s administration.

Ivanka Trump broke protocol by sitting in for her father during a meeting of world leaders at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany in July 2017. Critics pointed out that Ivanka was unelected and lacked foreign policy credentials to sit in on such a senior diplomatic meeting. They also said the first daughter’s move was another example of the way she and her father have tried to blur the lines between family and official business in his presidency.

Trump defended his daughter on Twitter, but dragged Chelsea Clinton into his argument.

“If Chelsea Clinton were asked to hold the seat for her mother, as her mother gave our country away, the Fake News would say CHELSEA FOR PRES!” Trump tweeted.

Chelsea Clinton replied that had Hillary Clinton been elected president, she would have never considered bringing her daughter into her administration, much less have her sit in for her at a G20 meeting.

Chelsea Clinton’s criticism of Ivanka Trump has grown more pointed in the past couple years. During a 2018 appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” she told the host that the pair had “not spoken… in a long time.”

“It’s clear that she has supported policies and decisions that I don’t agree with,” Chelsea said at the time. “I’ve been very vocal about my opposition to President Trump.”

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