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Could Ivanka and Don Jr. be any more different?

The eldest daughter distances herself from her father’s political views, while the eldest son wallows in them.

August 3, 2018

9:14 AM

3 August 2018

9:14 AM

It’s a tale of two Trump scions. Ivanka is trying to wall herself off from the old man whose behaviour often seems to border on madness. Don Junior, by contrast, is doubling down on the lunacy.

On Thursday Ivanka declared that she disagreed with her father’s depiction of the media as the “enemy of the people”— a statement, incidentally, that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to make yesterday — and that she was “vehemently against” plucking migrant children from their parents as they crossed into the U.S. from Mexico. But she has not been able to avoid the taint of working for her father. The brand may be soiled beyond repair. Already she’s had to shutter her eponymous fashion line. Now she wants to claim the moral high ground.

Poor Ivanka. No sooner had she disavowed the “enemy of the people line” than Dad was on Twitter explaining what she had really meant to say: “It is the FAKE NEWS, which is a large percentage of the media, that is the enemy of the people!” Trump amplified this sentiment at a rally last night in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, where tried to boost the fortunes of Lou Barletta, who is running way behind Senator Bob Casey, by explaining that the media “can make anything bad because they are the fake, fake disgusting news.”

The media, for example, had thus misrepresented his visit with Queen Elizabeth. He wasn’t late; she was the one who kept him waiting: “I landed and I’m on the ground and I’m waiting with the king’s and the queen’s guards. I’m waiting. I was about 15 minutes early and I’m waiting with my wife and that’s fine. Hey, it’s the queen, right? We can wait. But I’m a little early.” For good measure, only hours after his top national security officials spoke at the White House to warn about Russian interference in the upcoming November midterm elections, Trump also decried the “Russian hoax.” Four legs good, two legs bad.

Meanwhile, Don Jr. and his new inamorata Kimberly Guilfoyle, late of “Fox News,” were yukking it up at the E Street Landmark cinema in Washington, DC, where a freshly pardoned Dinesh D’Souza was premiering his new film “Death of A Nation: Plantation Politics and the Making of the Democratic Party.” It equates Trump and Lincoln, suggesting that only he can save America from the perfidy of the left. The film sounds pretty deadly boring, but Don Jr. explained that “You see the Nazi platform in the early 1930s . . . and you look at it, compared to the DNC platform of today, you’re saying, ‘Man, those things are awfully similar’ to a point where it’s actually scary . . . It’s the exact opposite of what you’ve been told.” What does Ivanka think of that probing insight?

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