The internet immediately took issue with the sentiment of Trump relating to people wanting to work for what they have, with many calling her a hypocrite given that her position as executive vice president of development and acquisitions at the Trump Organization and her current position in the White House are both jobs that she “earned” — with the little help of her father.
Even Padma Lakshmi chimed in, noting that “‘pulling yourself up by your bootstraps’ is, and has always been, a conservative fairytale.” The irony of someone like Ivanka speaking about income disparity when she’s never been on disability, worked two jobs, struggled financially, or earned only minimum wage wasn’t lost on the internet.
Another point of contention: While she was running her now-defunct fashion label, Trump was oft criticized for utilizing factories which did not pay workers a livable wage. The Guardian spoke to employees at an Indonesian factory in 2017, some of whom reported that they were paid as little as $173 per month. Around the same time, The Washington Post reported in that in China, factory workers at a facility which produced Ivanka Trump goods were paid between $255-$283 per month, which is below minimum wage in some parts of China.
Just last week, Trump visited the Munich Security Conference in Germany, where she touted the importance of female economic empowerment as a “smart defense” measure in “both Germany and around the world.” We wonder if she’s changed her tune since last year, when her namesake company utilized factories that paid a barely-livable wage to its workers in Asia?
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Trump’s statement about Americans’ desire to work seemed to underline the perception that she’s out of touch with what’s going on outside of the Trump bubble. Thanks to her own job security, owed to the supposed idea that she’s got a job with the Trump Organization no matter what, she can’t see that others would like the same.