Ivanka Trump has done scores of media interviews over the course of her life in the public eye. But her latest interview with CBS's Gayle King was a bit different, marking her first time being interviewed after getting a job in the White House. Charges of nepotism followed Trump's becoming Assistant to the President, a.k.a. her father Donald Trump. King and Trump covered a lot of ground in the segment that aired on CBS This Morning on April 5. But considering the many biting responses to Trump's CBS interview, many people weren't feeling what the first daughter was laying down.
The part of the interview that seems to have caused the most uproar is when King asked Trump to respond to critics who say she is complicit in the White House's actions. Her puzzling answer included a creative reframing of the definition of "complicit" followed by praise for her father's administration. The two also discussed her current involvement in her company, privately disagreeing with her father, moving to Washington, D.C., and whether her husband Jared Kushner is qualified to serve as a senior adviser to the president.
Critics of the segment are making their feelings known all across social media. But at least one thing Trump said that we can all agree on, she certainly is in a "unique and unprecedented situation."
The Dictionary People Lend A Helping Hand
📈'Complicit' is trending after Ivanka Trump told CBS "I don’t know what it means to be complicit." https://t.co/qE6UcB8pUz— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) April 4, 2017
Defending Trump Is A Slippery Slope
Whenever I see Ivanka defend her dad I remember when he said he didn't sexually assault all those women because they weren't hot enough https://t.co/vbfdEFUBDX— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) April 5, 2017
Ivanka and Jared pay $15K a month to rent their DC home. That’s like $30 million less than what we pay for Melania to live in Trump Tower.— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) April 5, 2017
At Least Someone Enjoyed It
I hope Ivanka Trump never stops being interviewed. https://t.co/J6mKXVpx64— Joe Berkowitz (@JoeBerkowitz) April 5, 2017
Another Good Samaritan
Ivanka, official advisor to the President, says she is "complicit" after admitting she doesn't know what the word means. Allow me to help. pic.twitter.com/C4sThWghnA— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) April 5, 2017
There's Not Usually A Good Side To "Complicit"
Pro tip: the word "complicit" is usually NOT associated with something good. https://t.co/o6RYDjjzKw— Jorge Guajardo (@jorge_guajardo) April 5, 2017
Short And To The Point
That's not what complicit means. https://t.co/x9TftYfRyS— Nicole Merchut (@nicolemerchut) April 5, 2017
Some Heard The Interview Differently
IVANKA: I stand by my father, a literal monster, regardless of what he says or does— Mark Byrne (@markwby) April 5, 2017
ALSO IVANKA: lol of course family can act independently https://t.co/RS4N4zWfYx
There's Some Contradiction In All This
Ivanka needs to do a better job influencing her father and also not be working in any official capacity to influence her father.— Luke O'Neil (@lukeoneil47) April 5, 2017
Ivanka Has Some Unsound Reasoning
Ivanka Trump saying Kushner is qualified to broker Middle East peace deals because Trump was unqualified yet still elected is just perfect.— Chris O'Shea (@ChrisJOShea) April 5, 2017
This Glaring Omission
Ivanka says she often pressures Trump on issues she cares about. She declined to offer an example. https://t.co/Zn1atwsq5N— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) April 5, 2017
Ivanka Wasn't Wearing Her Clothing Brand
I demand to know why Ivanka Trump isn't wearing Ivanka Trump https://t.co/barDukOMjW— Anushay Hossain (@AnushayHossain) April 5, 2017
So Many Different Definitions Of Bravery
Very brave of Ivanka to speak out against.... something (?) in secret and behind closed doors https://t.co/mRLMI9Z5ni— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) April 5, 2017
Pelosi Got In On The Action
Pelosi on Ivanka q: We're not here to talk about the president's family, but I think everybody knows what complicit means.— Lissandra Villa (@LissandraVilla) April 5, 2017
Ivanka's On It
The Quote Was Taken Out Of Context
Guys, Ivanka didn't mean she doesn't know the definition of "complicit." She just meant she doesn't know why she should feel bad about it.— Adam Feldman (@FeldmanAdam) April 5, 2017
Ivanka's Sound Defense
Don't Forget That That Pepsi Ad Still Happened
Ivanka is like that Pepsi ad IRL— Tim Murphy (@timothypmurphy) April 4, 2017
A White House/Arrested Development Crossover
Gayle: "How do you feel about the accusation that you are complicit in your father's actions?"— Hayley MacMillen (@hlmacmillen) April 4, 2017
There Are Some Lingering Questions
But... how?— Steve Marmel (@Marmel) April 5, 2017
I mean, Ivanka has been a "Force of Good." https://t.co/LfYmE7u0mN
A Creative Redefinition
Gayle: Critics say you're complicit, what do you think?— Ashley C. Ford (@iSmashFizzle) April 4, 2017
Ivanka: If being the queen of love & happiness is complicit, then yes, I'm complicit
I see Ivanka has begun practicing her answer to this question for a future political run. https://t.co/s8sx6s4yJz— Michael Arceneaux (@youngsinick) April 4, 2017
Trump is no stranger to being widely criticized, so it's likely she expected there would be backlash after the interview aired. But now that she has set up the expectation that she is working behind the scenes for causes she supports, the microscope she is under is bound to get even more focused.
This interview did nothing to quell accusations of nepotism in the White House or the Trump family's complicity in the Trump presidency. If anything, it just sparked more questions. Let's hope this interview won't be her last and her next will be a bit more pointed.