Ivanka Trump has come under scrutiny for some of her more hypocritical pro-women statements while supporting her father’s anti-women policies in office. But on Thursday, Ivanka opened up about an emotional, still-taboo issue during her much-publicized interview on The Dr. Oz Show: She suffered from postpartum depression after giving birth to each of her children.
“With each of my three children, I had some level of postpartum depression,” Trump said during the interview. “It was a very challenging emotional time for me because I felt like I was not living up to my potential as a parent or as an entrepreneur and executive.”
Postpartum depression especially hit Ivanka Trump hard, she said, because she considers herself ambitious. Having depression got in the way of her drive.
“Look, I consider myself a very hard-charging person. I am ambitious. I’m passionate. I’m driven, but this is something that affects parents all over the country,” she said.
For some, hearing about Ivanka Trump’s depression was a humanizing moment.
She's a shitty person, but don't get on her for this…post-partum depression is real, and it's not cured by being wealthy.— Trivia Jockey (@TheTriviaJockey) September 20, 2017
Though I agree, depression has nothing to do with wealth. Being rich doesn't mean you can't suffer from postpartum depression.— Alyssa Geisinger (@AlyssaxG87) September 21, 2017
But not everyone was sympathetic to Ivanka. Many complained that her father’s Obamacare repeal agenda would target working- and middle-class mothers with postpartum depression around the world. Some considered her coming out ill-timed for that reason or hypocritical.
I've got post-election depression re Party that excludes pregnancy/women's healthcare from coverage https://t.co/6HeJFAzJrF— Laura Kennedy (@AmbKennedy_ret) September 21, 2017
Ivanka Trump reveals her struggles with postpartum depression. Is Ivanka trying to pretend to relate to normal, everyday moms??? Clueless— PEACE, LOVE, UNITY (@Flowerstoall) September 21, 2017
Disingenuous comes across as represented. Stay woke— Mavis Emory (@MCEmory) September 21, 2017
Others replied with two words: “Who cares?”
Who cares— GotTrees? (@lee_trees) September 20, 2017
Who cares?— Debra Ramos (@Debr1049Debra) September 20, 2017
Who cares? Won't be covered for everyday moms under Graham-Cassidy bill— Sally G (@sallyagale) September 20, 2017
Who cares?— realj (@realjfriedman) September 20, 2017
In summary, destigmatizing a condition many mothers suffer from is good, but not using your privilege to protect these mothers’ healthcare is, again, the definition of complicity.