Despite her father’s incessant and dangerous references to the media as “the enemy of the people,” the First Daughter claims to not share Donald Trump’s views on the subject. While speaking with Axios’ Mike Allen, Ivanka Trump explained that she does not feel that the media is the enemy of the people, signaling a public break with the president, for whom she serves as a senior adviser.
Mike Allen: Do you think the media is the enemy of the people?
Ivanka Trump: Sorry?
Allen: Do you think the media is the enemy of the people?
Ivanka: No, I do not.
Allen: That's not a view that is shared in your family. pic.twitter.com/bq5aRYBVHp
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) August 2, 2018
Trump, for his part, has not only tweeted his disdain for a media intent on holding him accountable for his misdoings, but has gone so far as to stoke disdain for the press at his rallies, inviting a chorus of jeers and threats from his supporters onto the assembled press.
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— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017
Just a sample of the sad scene we faced at the Trump rally in Tampa. I’m very worried that the hostility whipped up by Trump and some in conservative media will result in somebody getting hurt. We should not treat our fellow Americans this way. The press is not the enemy. pic.twitter.com/IhSRw5Ui3R
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) August 1, 2018
It has become clear that those who are not blindly loyal to the president will invite his ire. The media, by virtue of pressuring him to answer for his seemingly endless list of crimes, has done just that. Ivanka’s admission, however, serves as a bold rebuke to an otherwise unified administration.
Perhaps she’ll admit next that her father is clearly more of a threat to the people of this country than those who seek to hold him accountable.