Trump’s eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, were among the last people on earth who would be deemed eligible to work in the White House advising the leader of the free world when Donald Trump was unlikely to be elected President in 2016. But being Trumps and Trumps by marriage, thanks to exaggerated professional titles given to them by their fathers over the years and chart-topping illusions of greatness, the pair clearly saw themselves as eminently equipped for the work.
As Michael Wolff reported in Fire and Fury, though friends warned ‘Javanka’ of the risks of getting into politics, “balancing risk against reward,” they “decided to accept roles in the West Wing over the advice of almost everyone they knew. It was a joint decision by the couple, and, in some sense, a joint job.
The two had made an earnest compromise between themselves: if the chance arose sometime in the future, she would be the one to run for President. Hillary Clinton would not be the first female president, Ivanka entertained; it would be Ivanka Trump. (Oh, to have been a fly on the wall as the pair had a serious discussion agreeing that she would be the one to rise to the Oval Office as if that was really a possibility. “It’ll be me. I’ll be the president,” we assume the first daughter said in her whisper voice, slowly stoking the side of Jared’s face).
Of course, Ivanka was never, ever going to be president out here on planet Earth, even if Trump turned out to be just one-quarter of the unbounded sociopath the world has been forced to suffer for the last four years. And now that a racist mob has been incited to strike the Capitol and reverse the results of a free and fair election, the odds of the first daughter are just as likely as her father appearing this Sunday on 60 Minutes to inform the country that he acknowledges the mistakes of his ways and wishes that he could take it all back.
Nevertheless, the Trumps never had a strong grasp of reality, a clearly inherited characteristic that a generation did not miss and was passed down from father to daughter.
Although Ivanka seems to realize that the situation of rebellion is not optimal for her brand, hence her furious attempts at damage control, including the decision to delete her tweet calling the violent mob “American patriots,” the first daughter continues to believe that she can save all of this and that Jared’s unintentionally hilarious plan is still on track.
In an attempt to “save her reputation” and her “promising political career,” which she claims is a real thing that exists, Princess Purses had plans to attend Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20, according to the Daily Mail.
The report goes on to claim that Trump told his daughter it would be “an insult that she would even want to engage with the crooks [who] are trying to bring him down,” which checks out, and that he supposedly told her that “her presence at the inauguration will cost her thousands of supporters and would be the worst decision she could ever make.”
According to the story, Ivanka believed that attending the inauguration would come across as “being a good sport and [would] gain [her] future supporters.” The Daily Mail source said that Ivanka made clear she “has to protect her own political aspirations.”
A source from the White House denied that the first daughter would attend the inauguration, and while we’re sure she would like people to believe she was accepted with open arms by the Biden inaugural committee, it’s not really obvious that she would be invited, in light of both the armed storming of the Capitol building and the fact that the proceedings are going to be pared down compared to previous years.
Presumably, for such a case, the daughter of the man who sent an army to prevent Biden from becoming president will not be on the A, B, or even C list.
Still, it’s entirely believable that Ivanka believes she should be invited and that she’s going to ride this thing out absolutely and eventually emerge unscathed, unharmed by her chances of a shot at the White House despite the supporters of her father literally smearing shit through the Capitol halls.