"When my father says that he will make America great again," declared Ivanka Trump before a rapturous audience eagerly awaiting their party's presidential nominee in Cleveland, "he will deliver."
It was a compelling, effective speech, delivered by Donald Trump's most prominent child. As the successful, independent, and attractive daughter of a man who has managed to alienate nearly every demographic in American society, Ivanka was in prime position to convince voters, particularly women, that Donald was squarely in their court — a monumentally challenging effort, considering his well-documented touchiness and penchant for knee-jerk reactions.
And Ivanka was excellent on stage. At once articulate, composed and pleasant, she spoke highly of her father and highlighted a number of issues not pertaining to Donald's usual spiel about making America safe, great or win again.
Except those issues seemed uncomfortably out of place at the Republican National Convention, where, for four consecutive days, speakers were more inclined to list out all the ways that the country was falling apart. (Sad!)
They were important issues that many Americans were concerned about, and unquestionably the best parts of her speech — only it seemed like a strangely progressive platform, one that would have been right at home at the Democratic National Convention next week.
Like a speech, perhaps, that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton would have given.
Here are the three issues she talked about that sounded suspiciously like a moderate Democrat's stump speech.
1. Equal pay
"Politicians talk about wage equality, but my father has made it a practice at his company throughout his entire career," Ivanka said. "He will fight for equal pay for equal work, and I will fight for this too, right along side of him."
This came hours after her father's campaign chairman Paul Manafort said the candidate can appeal to women because some of them "can't afford their lives" and their husbands "can't afford... paying for the family bills."
Interestingly, a Boston Globe analysis found that the Trump campaign paid its female staff 35 percent less than its male staff.
2. Parental leave and affordable childcare
"As president, my father will change the labor laws that were put into place at a time when women were not a significant portion of the workforce. And he will focus on making quality childcare affordable and accessible for all," Ivanka said.
It's worth noting that when Donald Trump was asked about paid family leave months ago, he said, "I think we have to keep our country very competitive, so you have to be careful of it."
What puts Ivanka's words into clearer context is that she was speaking to the party that consistently votes against paid parental leave measures.
3. Student debt
Ivanka's brief mention of student debt raised eyebrows as well. The country's massive student loan debt amounts to about $1.3 trillion and both Clinton and Bernie Sanders made it a central issue in their campaigns. The GOP? Not so much.
While Ivanka surprised many by bringing up these points in her speech at the RNC on Thursday night, perhaps it could be a sign that she is trying to shift the party's rigid stance on these issues — which, if true, then kudos to her for yet again taking up another monstrously difficult responsibility.
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