Trump Kids Should Be Off-Limits in Campaign

Politico – Ivanka Trump was challenged to rectify her father’s 2004 statement that pregnancy was an “inconvenience for a business” with his newly unveiled family leave plan in a contentious interview with Cosmopolitan Wednesday. Donald Trump, with Ivanka by his side, unveiled the plan Tuesday, elaborating on his proposal to make child-care tax deductible for individuals making up to $250,000 annually and adding a new component: six weeks of paid family leave for expectant mothers. Trump has touted Ivanka, herself a mother of three, as one of the chief architects behind the plan. In an interview Wednesday with, the mogul’s daughter was asked to explain how his newly stated policy lined up with his 2004 comments lamenting the toll of maternity leave on companies. At the time, Trump said pregnancy is “a wonderful thing for the woman, it’s a wonderful thing for the husband, it’s certainly an inconvenience for a business. And whether people want to say that or not, the fact is it is an inconvenience for a person that is running a business.”

In an interview with Cosmopolitan magazine, Ivanka Trump was unfairly blind-sided with inane facts about her fathers policies and pressed on details that would be beyond what could be expected of any candidate’s child. Ivanka, who is only 34 years old,  was expected to answer alleged statements that Donald Trump has made in the past as if she was some sort of campaign policy advisor.

Washington Post – One trademark of the most unconventional campaign in modern history is that members of Trump’s family — who have virtually no political experience — are so deeply involved in his campaign that they often act as gatekeepers and strategists. Their influence was clear this week when Trump decided to fire his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, after his adult children and Kushner met with him on Father’s Day at a Trump golf course in New Jersey.

It is an unwritten rule of political journalism that the children of a candidate are off limits from rigorous political questioning. Sasha and Malia did not get the types of tough questions that Ivanka was confronted with, and it is hard to imagine conservative journalists attacking a young Chelsea Clinton back when Hillary thought she was too good to be baking cookies.

The media needs to make up its minds about how they are going to cover children and relatives of the candidates. While Ivanka Trump is being excoriated by liberal journalists, no one in the media has even bothered to interview Chelsea Clinton’s daughter, who is as close to the Clinton campaign as anyone. Ivanka Trump did not ask to be in the spotlight and it is unfair for the media to cover her as if she was some sort of surrogate for her dad.

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