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Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, said on Thursday that she does not agree with one of her father’s most talked about opinions. In her mind, she said, the media is not the enemy of the people.
Trump’s daughter made the comments at an event held by the news outlet Axios.
When asked directly whether she agreed with the president’s notion that the media is the “enemy of the people,” she answered bluntly:
“No, I do not,” and later elaborated: “I’ve certainly received my fair share of reporting on me personally that I know not to be fully accurate, so I have some sensitivity around why people have concerns and gripe, especially when they sort of feel targeted, but, no, I do not feel the media the enemy of the people.”
Ivanka Trump’s opinion of the media is quite a contrast to her fathers.
On numerous occasions the president has called news he didn’t like “fake news,” and in February he infamously said that the media was not just his “enemy,” but rather it was the “enemy of the American people!”
His assertion that the media is “fake” and an “enemy” has caught on among his supporters.
Earlier this week, reporters at a rally in Florida posted video of the president’s supporters shouting at the media members covering the event and giving them the middle finger. One person in a video posted by CNN’s Jim Acosta wore a shirt that said “Fuck the Media.”
Just a sample of the sad scene we faced at the Trump rally in Tampa. I’m very worried that the hostility whipped up by Trump and some in conservative media will result in somebody getting hurt. We should not treat our fellow Americans this way. The press is not the enemy. pic.twitter.com/IhSRw5Ui3R— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) August 1, 2018
The attacks against the press have become so ingrained that earlier this year, one poll by Gallup and the Knight Foundation found that 2 in 5 Republicans felt that the definition of “fake news” should be expanded to include accurate stories that cast leaders in a negative light.
In her conversation with Axios, the president’s daughter also called the administration’s separation of undocumented immigrant children from their families a “low point” of her tenure as an assistant to the president, another break with her father.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).