Yowza. At one time, Team Trump pushed the idea that Ivanka Trump could become the next generation of a political dynasty. She served a critical role in her father’s term as both a key advisor and to some extent a calm and moderating PR presence in a chaotic White House.
Instead of following through on those efforts, the former First Daughter has abdicated her place in the succession, refusing to participate in the Donald Trump Restoration effort:
Former first daughter Ivanka Trump said late Tuesday that she would play no part in her father’s 2024 presidential campaign, one day after The Post reported the former commander-in-chief had pleaded with her to be on stage with him when he announced his run.
“I love my father very much. This time around, I am choosing to prioritize my young children and the private life we are creating as a family. I do not plan to be involved in politics,” Ivanka, 41, said in a statement.
“While I will always love and support my father, going forward I will do so outside the political arena,” she added. “I am grateful to have had the honor of serving the American people and I will always be proud of many of our administration’s accomplishments.”
The Post’s earlier report foreshadowed this development, even if it seemed a bit gossipy at the time. Sources told the Post that Trump had “cajoled” Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner — an official adviser to Trump in the White House — to join him on stage for last night’s announcement. As it turned out, Jared was in the audience but not on stage, and Ivanka didn’t show up at all.
Even a silent no-show would have eventually gotten some notice. The fact that Ivanka decided to issue a public statement at nearly the exact moment of her father’s campaign-launch announcement speaks volumes about the tension in the Trump empire over the new effort. Forget the megadonors for a moment — Ivanka’s declaration that she will only support her father “outside the political arena” is a mega-Trumpian anti-endorsement, and from the real inner circle: the Trump family and its heir apparent.
That certainly takes some shine off of Trump’s announcement, but it hurts him politically in other ways. Plenty of voters, even some of Trump’s earlier supporters, have gotten fatigued of the Trump drama over the last couple of years. Ivanka’s statement validates that in a way that a thousand polls and/or mainstream media stories wouldn’t. If even Ivanka’s tired of Trump’s campaigns, a whole lot of people will start considering their own fatigue legitimate.
Furthermore, Ivanka actually was a key political asset for Trump, helping smooth the roughest edges of his persona and working to salvage support from women, especially younger women. She may not have been poised for dynastic ascension, but Ivanka kept Trump from alienating female voters that he might have otherwise lost — or at least stemmed the exodus to some extent.
Some Trump supporters might not be too sad to see Ivanka go. They considered her more of a centrist, and perhaps even more distant than that. (Non-Trump conservatives had the same reservations, for that matter.) Still, Trump used that to good effect to woo disaffected centrists, blue-collar classic liberals, and others who saw Ivanka as a signal of pragmatism in the first campaign. No one in the family can fill that political role now, and no one outside the family would be close enough to have the credibility to pull it off.
With Ivanka out, so go the dynastic ambitions, if they ever really existed at all. And it leaves the impression that Team Trump has already thrown a wheel just getting off the line, which is not likely to help build much enthusiasm for the race.