Ivanka Trump tried to portray her father as a champion of women while introducing him on the last night of the RNC. But not only is there no evidence that the man who has a reputation for demeaning women is actually a champion for them — an examination of his platform and history indicates quite the opposite.
“Politicians talk about wage equality, but my father has made it a practice at his company,” Ivanka said. “He will work for equal pay for equal work, and I will fight for it too right alongside of him.”
Trump Organization’s salaries are not public, but that claim doesn’t hold up on his campaign. Trump pays his male campaign staffers 35 percent more money than female staffers. That’s partly because he has only two women among his senior-level staff, and just 28 percent of his staff is made up of women. One former staffer filed a complaint earlier this year saying she was paid $2,000 a month — about half what several men with the same title make.
She also talked about how Trump would help families. “As president, my father will change the labor laws,” she said, suggested he’d make “child care affordable and accessible for all” and provide support for working mothers.
While affordable child care is a cornerstone of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, Trump has not released any plan for child care. The candidate has also shown zero interest in thinking about the issue. When an organizer asked him for his thoughts on child care back in December, he replied, “I love children” but refused to engage further, saying, “It’s a big subject, darling.”
Trump has said that he thinks it’s easy for companies to set up daycares themselves because all you need is “some blocks and… some swings and some toys.”
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— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) July 22, 2016
Ivanka also discussed her father’s credentials as a dad, at one point describing him as “honest and real” family man whose “kindness and compassion that will enable him to be the leader this country needs.”
Over the years, Trump has actually been quite vocal about his aversion to caring for children. In 2006, he said he refused to change diapers and left the domestic care to his wife.
“There’s a lot of women out there that demand that the husband act like the wife,” he told a radio host at the time. “I’m really a great father but certain things you do and certain things you don’t. It’s just not for me.”