Earlier this week, we learned that as a wedding present to his daughter Tiffany and her new husband, Michael Boulos, Donald Trump gave a father-of-the-bride speech about how he was too cheap to pay for a tent at Mar-a-Lago in case of rain. Now, it’s been revealed how else he showed his fourth child and second daughter he cares: by spending her big day begging Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump to appear with him onstage when he announces his third run for office.
Yes, according to the New York Post, Trump devoted part of Tiffany’s nuptials to “trying to convince his much-loved elder daughter” and her husband to literally and figuratively back him during his expected 2024 announcement Tuesday night. And, much like Tiffany trying to get him to show her some affection as a child, he was apparently rebuffed. (What part of the wedding did Trump ignore to make his entreaty? We’re guessing cocktail hour, most of dinner, and all of the newlyweds’ first dance. In other words, every moment other than whatever the hell this was, which surely had his rapt attention.)
“Trump thought he could convince Ivanka this weekend to come back and campaign for him as she was the most requested speaker after the president himself last time around…but so far she’s resisting his entreaties and holding firm, as is Jared,” said a source familiar with the family affair, seemingly suggesting Trump still believes they could change their minds and show up at the eleventh hour. “They both feel they got burned in Washington and don’t want to go back and expose themselves and their children to another bitter campaign.” The outlet notes that Javanka’s refusal to get involved has led to “extra behind-the-scenes tension”: Don Jr. and Eric Trump are “all in on yet another White House bid,” as are their partners, Kimberly Guilfoyle and Lara Trump, the latter of whom regularly appears on Fox News to offer her totally unbiased opinion on her father-in-law’s affairs.
As the Post notes, “Jared and Ivanka were hardly Mr. and Mrs. Popularity while working on Trump’s two prior presidential campaigns and in his administration,” and were known for conveniently always being on vacation when s–t really hit the fan. The duo also earned a considerable amount of (entirely well-deserved!) ire when it was reported that Kushner’s response to the prospect of thousands of New Yorkers dying from COVID-19 was “that’s their problem”—a quote that led to a billboard in the middle of Times Square basically telling the couple to go f–k themselves. For her part, Ivanka’s decision to initially address the violent rioters storming the Capitol on January 6 as “patriots,” before apparently realizing how bad it looked, was received about as well. As was the news that the pair allegedly refused to let their Secret Service detail use any of the six and a half (six and a half!) toilets in their DC mansion, forcing the individuals tasked with protecting their lives to go to extreme lengths “to find a bathroom.”
Nevertheless, Ivanka is quite clearly Trump’s favorite offspring by a Mar-a-lago mile, and the fact that she and her husband don’t want to tarnish their already crappy reputations by associating with him obviously makes the insurrection-inciter look extra bad. And it’s presumably got to especially sting his very bronzed skin that his daughter and son-in-law are withholding their support the same week many Republicans and his pals in the conservative media decided to abandon him.
As for how tonight‘s 9 p.m. announcement will play out, much of it is reportedly still “up in the air,” with a source telling the Post that the ex-president “could do his announcement solo if he can’t persuade Jared and Ivanka to present a united Trump family front” to the world. “Trump’s playing this close to his chest, so no one knows for sure,” a person said, adding that Tiffany is “expected to be excused from the announcement” due to her honeymoon, though it seems like a stretch to assume that Trump would care or even notice if she wasn’t there. (Don’t feel bad, Tiff! Being the outsider means you’re not implicated in things like this!)
On Tuesday, Axios reported that Trump scheduling the “very big announcement” for November 15 was actually a compromise to his advisers, who begged him not to kick off his candidacy the night before the midterms. Now, some of them wish he’d delay doing so until after the Georgia runoffs, lest the Eau du Trump alienate voters even more than it already does. But at this point, that seems about as likely as the former guy taking to the stage and telling the crowd, “Ivanka and Jared said they didn’t want to be here tonight but you know what? F–k ’em. I’ve got my boys Donny and Eric, and that’s all I need,” and then giving his two eldest sons an advance on their biannual hugs.