Before you start tweeting #NotMyPresident or #Resist at the Hollywood actress, take a deep breath. Jennifer Garner is not a Trumper. She's a proud Democrat who campaigned for Hillary Clinton and raised money for Barack Obama in 2008. And, yes, Garner has reached out to the Trump administration with open arms — to the point that Breitbart News is writing positively about her — but it's with a specific focus: to hold President Donald Trump accountable to his promises to the rural working class.
The Washington Post reported that Garner was in Washington, D.C., this past weekend. On Friday she was on Capitol Hill, pressuring representatives and senators to make progress on early childhood education. She also was set to sit down with Ivanka Trump to speak about child care funding, but scheduling issues ultimately kept that from happening. Garner told the Post she is hopeful they'll be able to meet soon.
Garner is originally from West Virginia, and helping poor, rural communities has long been her charitable focus. Trump, of course, won the state in November.
"People felt like Trump really understood them, that he was going to come in and create jobs for them," Garner told the Post. "They felt like they needed something to just turn everything upside down."
Now, Garner is hoping to grow that connection Trump has with and the promises he has made to rural Americans like coal miners in West Virginia. Garner is basically trying to hold him to his word. "I’m looking forward to helping him make good on what they saw as promises, a mandate from him, that he was going to make their lives better,” Garner told the Post.
"If he’s willing to help the poor kids who got him elected, then let’s do it. They certainly think he’s going to," Garner added. Poor kids are truly her focus, which is perhaps why she's willing to go to bat for them, even with many seeing Trump as on the opposing team — or worried that any progress made under Trump could lend legitimacy to his presidency and campaign for reelection.
Most of her work on this front is with the organization Save the Children. The Post reported that she has been on their board for nine years, and she has regularly responded to issues that affect poor, rural children — be it educational policy or disaster relief, like last June when her home state of West Virginia experienced record-breaking floods.
And thus comes her willingness to reach out to Trump. "Send me a ticket to Mar-a-Lago. I’m ready to go down and have a steak and a good chat,” she told the Post. “I really think it’s great, if he’s willing to help the poor kids who got him elected."
Hopefully, Trump meant what he said on the campaign trail about creating jobs and equal opportunities in rural communities. If he didn't, you'd better hope he's a huge Alias fan, because it may depend on Garner's persuasion to make something happen.