Bob Woodward of Watergate fame is releasing a book about the Trump administration built around interviews with officials and those in the orbit of the regime. Appropriately entitled Fear: Trump in the White House, the book paints a disturbing picture of an astoundingly inept presidency hanging on by a thread.
The Washington Post received the book early and relayed some of its most memorable pieces. As Woodward explains in Fear, the Trump administration is a cesspit of infighting, petty egos, and predatory personalities largely incapable of getting anything substantive accomplished. Drawing on numerous sources, Woodward has revealed that things are far worse than most people ever imagined.
During one particular segment, former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon is depicted as deeply frustrated with Ivanka Trump’s behavior. Ivanka has been serving as a sort of political surrogate for her father, traipsing around the world as an unpaid official, exploiting her father’s newfound political power. Bannon got fed up with her presumptuous nature.
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“You’re a goddamn staffer. You walk around this place and act like you’re in charge, and you’re not. You’re on staff!” Bannon is said to have yelled at Ivanka.
“I’m not a staffer! I’ll never be a staffer. I’m the first daughter,” Ivanka shot back, perfectly encapsulating the degree of entitlement she feels due to her father’s presidential ascension.
It’s clear that Ivanka thinks quite highly of herself, this despite the fact that her only real claim to fame is being the daughter of the worst president in American history. She gives lip service to feminism and social activism but remains complicit in an administration guilty of heinous human rights violations.
Ivanka is just as much a crook as everyone else involved with this corrupt administration, she just presents herself in a better light. If future generations remember her at all it will be for her failure to stand up to her monstrous father.