WASHINGTON — Ivanka Trump, a White House aide and daughter of President Donald Trump, praised Oprah Winfrey’s Golden Globes speech Monday night, describing it as “empowering” and “inspiring.”
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) January 9, 2018
Trump’s support for the #TimesUp hashtag, which refers to countering abuse at the hands of powerful men in Hollywood and beyond, was met with accusations of hypocrisy in light of the sexual misconduct allegations against her father.
Great! You can make a lofty donation to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund that is available to support your father’s accusers.https://t.co/A8HCVa715v
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) January 9, 2018
This is the most hypocritical, clueless statement in her regrettable time in the WH. Your father has a trail of victims and supported Roy Moore, Ivanka. YOU are indeed part of the problem Ivanka. #complicit
— Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) January 9, 2018
Winfrey’s speech was interpreted by many within the Beltway as a potential sign that she could be considering a 2020 run, something she has publicly batted down, but that those in her inner circle have left open as a possibility.
🚨 @GayleKing confirms @Oprah is thinking about running: “I do think she’s intrigued by the idea. I do think that… I don’t think at this point she is actually considering it. But listen, there are people who’ve said they want to be her campaign manager…”
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) January 9, 2018
Deputy White House Press Secretary Hogan Gidley told reporters aboard Air Force One on Monday that the President welcomes a 2020 challenge “whether it be Oprah Winfrey or anybody else,” but predicted that it would not be an easy race.
“Regardless of who’s on the ballot, regardless who decides to run against this President, they are going to have to face a President who has record-setting achievements in record-setting time, whether it’s an economy that is booming, job creation, historic tax cuts and tax reform when that hadn’t been touched in 30 years, an increase in wages, an absolute decimation of ISIS in Iraq and Syria,” Gidley said.