Ivanka Trump is both the First Daughter and Special Assistant to the President, given a West Wing office, classified information clearance and a government-issued phone, something that caused the public to cry nepotism.
Since her appointment, the 37-year-old has only taken on more responsibility, attending state events in place of her father and even considered for the role of UN Ambassador last year.
People were outraged therefore when the Assistant to the President took on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, rubbishing her proposal for guaranteed jobs for all Americans.
Yes, in an interview released by Fox News, Ivanka Trump spoke about AOC’s Green New Deal proposal, insisting, ‘I don’t think most Americans in their heart want to be given something’.
She continued: ‘I’ve spent a lot of time traveling around this country over the last four years. People want to work for what they get, so I think this idea of a guaranteed minimum is not something most people want. They want the ability to be able to secure a job. They want the ability to live in a country where there's the potential for upward mobility.’
Well, it’s hardly surprising that the internet wasn’t happy, pointing out how she herself was given her job by her father.
‘Ivanka Trump is of course the very first name that comes to mind when you try and think of prominent people who have “worked for what they got” in life,’ tweeted Mehdi Hasan. Another Twitter user added: ‘There’s something ironic about Ivanka Trump discussing the importance of hard work, but I can’t quite put my finger on it…’
'As a person who actually worked for tips & hourly wages in my life, instead of having to learn about it 2nd-hand, I can tell you that most people want to be paid enough to live,' Ocasio-Cortez clapped back on Twitter. 'A living wage isn't a gift, it's a right. Workers are often paid far less than the value they create.'
Ivanka has yet to respond, but we have no doubt that her dad will be tweeting about it soon.
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