Ivanka Trump, noted woman of the people who pulled herself up by the bootstraps to earn a coveted job in the White House, is sharing hard-won wisdom on how other average Americans can do the same. Wait, scratch that. Ivanka Trump, famous heiress whose career has depended almost entirely on being given jobs by her father, is taking issue with Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal, the sweeping climate-change policy vision that also includes goals for federal job guarantees and universal health care.
“I don’t think most Americans, in their heart, want to be given something,” Trump told Fox News in an interview set to air on Sunday. “People want to work for what they get. So, I think this idea of a guaranteed minimum is not something most people want.” Excuse me for a moment while I locate the brain-exploding emoji.
Not surprisingly, this supremely un-self-aware statement elicited some eyebrow-raising, given Trump’s family wealth and general privilege, and the aforementioned fact that she herself has been the beneficiary of an unofficial Trump family job guarantee for most of her career.
Among the colorful responses on Twitter was one from Padma Lakshmi, who provided a brief yet informative history lesson.