First daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump introduced her father as ‘the People’s President’ during her Thursday night speech at the Republican National Convention, delivering her remarks from the White House’s South Lawn.
‘I recognize that my dad’s communication style is not to everyone’s taste. And I know his tweets can feel a bit unfiltered,’ she said with a pause. ‘But the results speak for themselves.’
She talked of the admiration she’s seen from working Americans for her father, ‘to see these stoic machinists and steelworkers come to him with tears in their eyes and thank him for being the only person willing to go to the mat for them.’
She called that a ‘new and profound experience for him, and for me’ despite Trump having ‘admired and befriended construction workers on countless jobsites,’ a reference to her father’s real estate tycoon past.
The first daughter, wearing a black Gabriela Hearst number, began her remarks discussing her move to Washington in 2017.
‘We didn’t exactly know waht we were in for, but our kids loved it from the start,’ she said.
‘My son Joseph promptly built grandpa a Lego replica of the White House,’ she continued. ‘The President still displays it on the mantel in the Oval Office and shows it to world leaders, just so they know he has the greatest grandchildren on earth.’
In Washington, Ivanka Trump said, she found that politicans would ‘silence their convictions and skip the hard fights’ in order to survive.
‘I couldn’t believe that so many politicians actually prefer to complain about a problem, rather than fix it,’ she said. ‘I was shocked to see people leave major challenges unsolved, so they can blame the other side and campaign on the same issue in the next election.’
‘But Donald Trump did not come to Washington to win praise from the beltway elites,’ she said.
Her father’s unpopularity among certain groups became a theme of her speech.
‘For the first time in a long time, we have a President who has called out Washington’s hypocrisy – and they hate him for it,’ she said.
‘Dad, people attack you for being unconventional, but I love you for being real, and I respect you for being effective,’ she added.
She also took time to soften her father’s image, playing tour guide for the audience during pivotal points of his administration.
Ivanka Trump described him as a president ‘who is fighting for you from dawn to midnight, when the cameras have left, the microph….