In a lengthy and in-depth profile of First Daughter Ivanka Trump in New York Magazine‘s “The Cut” released this morning, details are thick on her youth, her plans, and even what socialite society thought might become of her. In fact, it opens on her conspicuous absence from a gathering she’s been attending for years, the birthday of an old-money heiress now approaching her 80’s, and what the echoing emptiness of her chair in the Hamptons estate where the soireé is held portended: Is she bigger than all that now that she’s hobnobbed with Euro Prime Ministers and North Korean sinisters?
As I skimmed the passages of Ivanka lore that even those with a cursory knowledge of Trump’s favorite child now by now (Marla Maples on the ski slopes, and Ivanka used to –GASP– smoke and drink), the only things that caught my eye were notations from the author of ways in which she had succeeded and had not succeeded — terrible performance at the G20, but excellent job at the political jiu-jitsu that’s kept her at the table even as Spicer and Sanders and John “adult in the room” Kelly all fade into obscurity.
Well, those things and a little section that said Donald once encouraged Ivanka to bare it all on film and leak it to the public, a lá Paris Hilton.
That, of course, immediately becomes the lede for this story, and even led to a musing between myself and my publisher that perhaps it was simply the most Trumpian way possible for The Donald to emulate Conrad Hilton, two generations removed. The hotels, after all.
Or maybe he thought about Paris in the creepy way that we all think he perhaps thinks of Ivanka herself; Paris did, after all, begin her modeling career with Trump Model Management when she was a teen.
Regardless, the passage from NYM, here in its gory glory:
His chauvinism frustrated her, however, and she was repelled by the way he talked about women’s bodies — who was fat, who was not. In 2003, when Paris Hilton’s sex tape was leaked on the internet, Donald wouldn’t stop talking about it, saying, ‘Paris is laughing all the way to the bank, she’s got the last laugh, she’s marvelous.’ Ivanka could not believe her father was not only idolizing an airhead heiress caught blowing a guy on a night-vision video but encouraging her to follow Paris’s lead. “
Sarah Sanders 2.0, Stephanie Grisham, is already deep in her role as official White House scold, telling the author of the piece that this is “untrue and disgusting.”
Yes, but does anyone actually doubt it happened?
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