LA Times: Ivanka Trump's 'Complicit' In Her Father's Agenda, or 'Collective Rape Fantasy'

The Los Angeles Times published a front-page story Monday on Ivanka Trump that highlighted she was “complicit” in her father’s evil. The headline read: “She once made liberals hopeful -- Ivanka Trump is now seen as 'complicit' in her father's agenda.”

Times reporter Barbara Demick promoted four radical-left artists from New York who started an Instagram page called Dear Ivanka to supposedly lobby her to mend her father’s ways. In one Instagram post, they used the dictionary to define their accusation. Ivanka’s involved in crime or generic wrongdoing:

dear_ivanka com·plic·it
kəmˈplisit/
adjective

1. involved with others in an illegal activity or wrongdoing."all of these people are complicit in some criminal conspiracy"

They put that next to a definition of “complacent,” meaning “1. showing smug or uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one's achievements.” Her apparent stance now is to "cover up the misogyny that goes hand in hand with an ethos of billionaires for billionaires."

Demick explained that Ivanka used to hang out with Chelsea Clinton and host fundraisers for Democrat Cory Booker, but now? The Times felt the pain of these disappointed lefties like Obama donor Alison Gingeras:

They were sure that Ivanka Trump, a 35-year-old self-professed feminist, patron of the arts and Democratic fundraiser, would play a moderating role in her father’s White House and were appealing to her to intercede on abortion rights, climate change and other issues. The artists considered her part of the “liberal bubble of New York,” said Alison Gingeras, an art curator and one of the organizers of the initiative known as Halt Action Group.

So far Ivanka has largely disappointed the bubble. While she may have softened President Trump’s stance on equal pay for women and childcare for working mothers, he has pushed ahead with hard-line conservative measures on immigration, the environment and domestic spending, leaving liberals feeling betrayed. 

“Ivanka is completely complicit because she is the one who white-washed him during the campaign,” Gingeras said....

Saturday Night Live slammed her with a skit in which Scarlett Johansson, playing Ivanka, hawked a perfume called “Complicit,” with the tagline: “It’s for the woman who could stop all this but won’t.”

The feminist icon Gloria Steinem last month ridiculed the Trump child-care plan as resembling Nazi Germany’s policy of paying German women to give birth while curtailing abortion. “Subsidizing one choice and not others is the very opposite of freedom,” she wrote in a posting to the @dear_ivanka Instagram account.

The #dearivanka campaign is a way of both shaming her and trying to connect.

Demick’s account cannot be considered accurate. You can’t compare someone to a Nazi while “trying to connect.” How dumb does a reporter want to look for writing that sentence?

Actually, these artists borrowed from Steinem's Facebook page. Let’s take a look at the Steinem posting, shall we?

dear_ivanka Perhaps people are boycotting Ivanka's line not because of her father -- as Jack Kennedy said, "Everybody has a father" -- but because of her. I gave up hope when she broke off a respectful Cosmo interview because she was asked why she was calling for six weeks of maternity leave protection for women who gave birth, but not also for adoptive and non-birth parents. She and her husband must know that paying German women to have children -- while padlocking family planning clinics and declaring abortion a crime against the state -- is what Hitler's National Socialist Party did immediately after his election. Subsidizing one choice and not others is the very opposite of freedom.
@gloriasteinem

To sum up: Fervently advocating the holocaust of millions of unborn babies makes you the opposite of the Nazis? How on Earth does bumbling in a hostile Cosmopolitan interview about whether gay men adopting a child deserve parental leave drag one into Hitler territory?  

Let’s just display one more example of how hateful this Instagram site is, that the new team is an “administration of wife beaters,” including Kellyanne Conway, apparently. They promoted an old painting:

...Magritte's "The Rape" incarnates President Trump’s conception of woman— silencing their voices, reducing us to a pussy to be grabbed, taking away our freedom to choose what happens to our bodies. Trump normalizes rape in an administration of wife beaters. On the eve of International Women’s day, we give you this image as an act of defiance. Trump’s election has enacted a collective rape fantasy— the metaphorical woman he so revoltingly sought to grab by the pussy, is in fact state power. We are not afraid to see the long history uniting tyrannical political power grabs with the iconography of sexual violence. We are also not afraid to see in his desperate attempt to take, to seize, to lord over, that the woman is also the most powerful, the most coveted, and the one who can and must say NO.

Pardon us, but the best-known presidential candidate with a collective rape fantasy problem was Bernie Sanders.

The conservative reaction? Just say NO to the Los Angeles Times. They are deep inside the liberal bubble they are championing.

[HT: Gary H. ]

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