The crowd cheered on continuously. There was an incredible display of enthusiasm and support. There was excitement in the room. There was determination and vigour in her voice.
This was Ivanka Trump’s speech on the night of 21st July at the final evening of the Republican National Convention. Here’s what you may want to know about the much anticipated and later much talked about address by Ivanka.
Who is Ivanka Trump?
She is the eldest daughter of the US Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump. A former model, she is now a businesswoman and a writer. As Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions at the Trump Organization, Ivanka is involved with all aspects of the company’s real estate and hotel management initiatives.
Where did she speak?
She spoke at the concluding night of the Republican National Convention. Though she was there to introduce her father who delivered the keynote address, her address was described as the highlight of the evening by many.
What did she say?
Ivanka spoke about talked about her father’s yearning to improve America, childcare, equal pay for women and other issues that found resonance with the audience. She also appealed to female voters, a section that Donald Trump has probably alienated enough, with his numerous remarks.
She echoed a voice quite different from her father. While talking of women and children, here’s what she had to say:
“American families need relief. Policies that allow women with children to thrive should not be novelties; they should be the norm.”
“He will fight for equal pay for equal work and I will fight for this too, right alongside of him”
“As President, my father will change the labor laws that were put in place during a time in which women were not a significant part of the workforce and will focus on making quality childcare affordable and accessible for all.”
Controversies have surrounded Trump in how he has addressed women. He had got into a public, verbal feud with Fox News Host Megyn Kelly, had said Republican challenger Carly Fiorina doesn’t have the face to be president, and had also said that pregnancy was an ‘inconvenience for employers’.
Refuting all such criticisms, Ivanka said,
“My father values talent. He recognizes real knowledge and skill when he finds it. He is colorblind and gender-neutral. He hires the best person for the job, period.”
Ivanka also presented a personal and humane introduction of her father as a fighter who will look out for those suffering and struggling. She urged people to judge Donald by his results, rather than by his promises. “Judge his values by those he’s instilled in his children. Judge his competency by the towers he’s built, the companies he’s founded and the tens of thousands of jobs he’s created,” she said.
She attempted to certify her father’s patriotism by saying, “I have seen him fight for his employees. Now, I am seeing him fight for his country.”
Moreover, she described Donald Trump as the “people’s champion”.
How was her speech received?
The speech turned out to be a much talked about one. Having been in the public eye for long, she was expected to orate well. But on Thursday, she went beyond expectations. It was truly her evening, as she offered a different tone than the other convention speakers. The fact that she did not speak negatively of Hilary Clinton, and instead went on a positive mission to draw an appealing image of her father , went down very well among the audience.
Her oratory skills were not unanticipated; but the reception and impact of her speech was unprecedented. Post her address at the Convention, she was more widely searched on Google than her father. There were also many who saw a future Presidential candidate in Ivanka!
Whether Ivanka Trump goes on to take on a frontal role in US politics is a distant future. What will be known sooner than that is whether Ivanka proves to be Donald’s Trump card.