Remember when Donald Trump won the election and people suggested that his eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, would be able to reign him in?
Long after Donald defeated Hillary Clinton, critics believed that Ivanka could keep her father’s right-wing pandering in check.
6 months in and Ivanka has failed to stop her father on any of his most disastrous policies.
On Sunday, Politico wrote an essay about this very subject and it revealed how Ivanka is learning the hard way that her father is a difficult man to persuade.
Some would say that Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, scored a victory by pushing out former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Trump’s transgender military ban was seen as a huge failure.
“For all the talk of a White House war between New York City liberals and traditionalist conservatives, it was the latest example of the limited influence the moderates have been able to wield on policy,” wrote Politico’s Annie Karni and Eliana Johnson.
In April, Ivanka suggested that her father always took her opinion seriously and that he even listened to her.
“Where I disagree with my father, he knows it. And I express myself with total candor,” Trump told CBS News.
“Actions speak louder than words,” said the Human Rights Coalition’s national press secretary Sarah McBride. “Either Ivanka is ineffective in her advocacy within the building, or her voice doesn’t matter to the president as much as she hopes it does.”
Other critics believe Ivanka has done everything she can to try and influence her father.
“She’s in there doing what she can,” said former National Enquirer gossip columnist turned PR professional R. Couri Hay, a longtime Trump booster. “It’s unrealistic, unfair and cruel to expect her to change climate policy and pre-K and women’s issues in six months.”
Other allies claim “desperately wants to lower her expectations of what she can achieve” in the White House.
Politico remained unconvinced that the First Daughter is trying and suggested that Ivanka only wanted to be held accountable on issues that she was working on.
“She has told allies that she wants to be held accountable solely on those issues she is actively working on,” Politico wrote.
According to Politico, Ivanka is heavily focused on pushing for women’s rights and putting a stop to human trafficking.
“Allies have bucked up her spirits by telling her that her legacy will look better in hindsight if she is successful in moving the needle on her stated issues,” Politico said. “And as she navigates the unique role of working-daughter-in-the-White House, she is reading Eleanor Roosevelt’s biography for guidance and inspiration.”
A person close to Ivanka said that she doesn’t have the courage to stand up to her father and that she was tarnishing her image in the process.
“I know her well enough to know her relationship with her father, which is that she will never, ever, go against the grain,” said one person to Politico.
While another person close to Ivanka spoke of how she always sought to be that perfect daughter in her father’s eyes.
“She wanted to be the apple of her father’s eye. There’s no question, she worked hard to be the perfect image her father wanted.”