As Ivanka Trump has made abundantly clear, she wants nothing to do with her father’s 2024 campaign, or his seedy little hush money crimes—in public. After all, they’re not great for her brand or social standing, which took a severe hit in early 2021 and does not yet appear to have recovered. That’s why you won’t see the former first daughter participating in his quest to earn a second stint in the White House, or hysterically decrying the whopping 34 felony charges against him by the Manhattan district attorney’s office, or, like, vowing to get revenge on the people who have hurt him, as we assume her older brother will be doing shortly. But if you thought Ivanka had well and truly excised her dad from her life, or that keeping her distance was anything more than a PR exercise, we regret to inform you that you thought wrong.

Page Six reports that the former first daughter and presidential adviser visited Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago on Sunday, two days before he surrendered to the authorities in New York to be charged with nearly three dozen felony counts stemming from his 2016 hush money payment to adult-film star Stormy Daniels. As the outlet put it, “The move…marked a seeming display of support for him privately,” which we assume is the only kind of support she wants to show him at the moment. After the news of his indictment broke last week, Ivanka said in a statement posted to her Instagram Stories—that’s right, not even a grid post!—“I love my father, and I love my country. Today, I am pained for both. I appreciate the voices across the political spectrum expressing support and concern.” The remarks stood in extremely stark contrast to those of her brother Donald Trump Jr., who likened his father’s indictment to the murder of tens of millions of people. Even Ivanka’s husband, Jared Kushner, offered more robust support for his father-in-law, saying last week of the indictment, “I think that it shows, obviously, the fear that the Democrats have of Trump and the political strength that he has.” 

Speaking of familial responses to Trump’s plight, late last month, ahead of a grand jury voting to indict him, we learned that Melania Trump reportedly has no sympathy for her husband, whom she is still pissed at for his alleged Affair with Stormy Daniels, which the porn star claimed took place shortly after Melania gave birth. (Trump has denied the affair, but has acknowledged the hush money payments.) While it’s not clear how the former first lady feels now that her spouse is facing more than 100 years in prison, it should be noted that she did not show up with him at the Manhattan courthouse on Tuesday.

Is it possible she had plans in Palm Beach she simply couldn’t get out of, and, in fact, will “support him” no matter what? Sure! Is it also possible that, like millions of people around the world, she hates his guts? Also yes!


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