Ivanka Trump’s Reading List Demonstrates She Wants To Be The Real First Lady2 months, 22 days ago
The president’s daughter seems to be enjoying a not-so-light read this summer. According to a report by, IvankaTrump has beengettinginspiration from an iconic and telling source: The biography of former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.
The article, from reporters Annie Karni and Eliana Johnson, says that Trump is reading Roosevelt’s biography to gain guidance and inspiration. So, what does it meanthat she’s selected this particular source for inspiration at a time like this?
Elite Daily reached out to the White House for commentary from Ivanka Trump but did not hear back at time of publication.
It might be simply a good summer read. Roosevelt, after all, was a fascinating woman whose contributions to the country’s history during the course of its Progressive Era running deep.
But perhaps most relevant to Trump’s predicament is Roosevelt’s front-and-center role in politics She had huge sway in not just her husband’s administration, but in Woodrow Wilson’s.According to the National First Ladies’ Library, Roosevelt, a cabinet spouse, was already building change. When tasked with assessing the conditions of mental health facilities,
Eleanor Roosevelt successfully implored the Wilson Administration’s Interior Secretary to create a commission that conducted an investigation with the intention of improving the facility’s services.
Roosevelt was( and continues to be) a stand-out amongpresidential spousesforhow much power and influence she had while First Ladyand for advocating social and human rights issues.
The Trump daughter has been seen as the lone progressive in a vortexof conservatives, the one( perhaps) moderating force-out for the Trump presidency. But as the weeks tick by, more and more decisions go across that run counter to her own stated beliefs, includingwomen’sandLGBTQ+ rights, andmost recently, thetransgender military forbidding.
reports that those close to Ivanka say she’s often frustrated by the limits of what she can do in the White House, and thatshe desperately wants to lower expectations of what she can achieve in her father’s administration. In the past, she has expressed both the desire to advance certain agendas, but also tostay out of politics.
What kind of inspiration, precisely, is Trump looking for? Afterthe week the administration has had, we can only imagine.