12 July 2017

Note from Norm: Ivanka Trump fills the chair and women entrepreneurs win

There may be no more glaring example of the hypocrisy of America’s collapsing Democratic Party and the one-party mainstream media that continues to prop it up than their treatment of Ivanka Trump.

Case in point:  The outcry over the Ivanka Trump briefly sitting in the President’s chair during a conversation over a proposed $1 billion initiative to support women entrepreneurs.

Ivanka, along with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and Merkel, helped launch the World Bank-backed program that will promote women’s entrepreneurship in developing countries.

It should be noted that Ivanka Trump isn’t just the daughter of the President of the United States of America.

She is a successful business woman who has now taken a formal position in the White House and has made women’s issue her primary policy area of concern in that role.

In announcing the public-private loan program, initiated by Ivanka Trump 5 months ago, which will provide over $1 billion to support women entrepreneurs in developing countries, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim had this to say:

“This is not a cute little project…this is going to be a major driver of economic growth in the future….and it is going to drive gender equality at the same time.”

Oh, and he also praised Ivanka Trump for being the “champion” of the initiative.

That this successful woman entrepreneur would make it a priority to drive resources to support women entrepreneurs in developing countries would come under fire from those who profess to be the great advocates of women is at the base of the hypocrisy that is killing the political left in America.

Witness the Tweets by some leading liberal voices when pictures of Ivanka Trump sitting at a chair showed up on the internet:

  • “Ivanka Trump, unelected, unqualified, daughter-in-chief, is representing the US at the G20 summit next to May, Xi, Merkel”. – Brian Klaas


  • “Sort of the whole point of America was that governmental authority was bestowed by the people not by birth” – Dan Pfeiffer


  • Ivanka fills in for her dad beside Xi Jinping. To me, it feels banana-republicky for the US to be represented by an inexperienced daughter” – Nicholas Kristoff


  • “The G20 is not Take Your Daughter to Work day.” – Elizabeth Spiers


  • “Having Princess Ivanka represent US at G20 table a slap in face to other G20 leaders, other top admin officials, American people. Grotesque.”– David Rothkopf

German Chancellor Angela Merkel even had to weigh in on the strident left-wing controversy by responding to a press question this way:

“The delegations themselves decide, should the president not be present for a meeting, who will then take over and sit in the chair…Ivanka Trump was part and parcel of the American delegation, so that is something that other delegations also do. It’s very well known that she works at the White House and is also engaged in certain initiatives.”

I get the obsession with wanting to tear down the President.  It’s been a coordinated (consciously or subconsciously) strategy between the left leaning media and the left collapsing Democratic Party since Donald Trump was elected.

I also get that Ivanka Trump is fair game for critique and attacks by the press and the Democratic Party.  She’s no shrinking violet and her relationship as the daughter of the President of the United States does not shield her from those attacks.

But, lost among the frenzy of liberals pulling their hair out at the picture of a powerful woman sitting in a chair was the actual story about the important initiative she was the catalyst for creating.

It was lost because the media didn’t focus on the importance of the initiative.

They obsessed about who was sitting in a chair.

And, the media wonders why its credibility in America is vanishing.

By the way, if you’re wondering about what the Women Entrepreneur Finance Initiative (We-Fi) is all about, I have included a link to the World Bank web page that outlines in detail how the initiative will work.


Even if the press won’t report the important news about this initiative it doesn’t mean the rest of America shouldn’t read about the great possibility it provides for women entrepreneurs throughout the world in developing countries.

To be honest, I’m proud to see that Ivanka Trump took a seat, and a stand, for women entrepreneurs in developing countries.

After all, the seat of political leadership in the Democratic Party is as empty as the one which used to hold the substance of American news reporting.