Jennifer Garner has not given up on Donald Trump’s Washington.
The 44-year-old actress spent the weekend lobbying the town’s pillars of power to support early education for poor rural children. She spent Friday on Capitol Hill meeting dozens of top staff. On Saturday, she delivered the keynote address before the annual National Governor’s Association winter meeting here. A potential sit-down with Ivanka Trump, who is advocating for more funds for child care, fell apart because of scheduling conflicts, but she remained optimistic about a face-to-face greeting soon.
Other Hollywood liberals have shunned the new president — notably during Sunday’s Oscar award ceremony, when many jokes were told at Trump’s expense. But Garner, a true-blue Democrat who campaigned for Hillary Clinton last year and hosted a fundraiser for Barack Obama in 2008, is taking a unique approach: pushing a cause that would benefit the new administration’s political base.