Ivanka Trump visits the Holocaust memorial during her visit to Berlin (ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
It hasn’t been a good week for Ivanka Trump.
First, Donald Trump’s beloved daughter and White House assistant faced boos and hisses when she tried to defend his record on women’s rights while speaking at the W20 Summit in Berlin. Then came a Washington Post report that had to have been embarrassing for her as she tries to cast herself as both a champion of workplace issues and a defender of her father’s “buy American, hire American” agenda.
The report showed that her Ivanka Trump fashion line contracts a factory in China to make its dresses, blouses and other clothes. Moreover, the report showed that workers at the factory worked nearly 60 hours to earn wages of little more than $62 a week.
But things only got worse for Ivanka as the week wore on. Notably, one of Trump’s most rabid supporters has turned against her.
Alex Jones, the conspiracy-spewing, anti-globalist radio host, went on a nine-minute rant against Ivanka on his YouTube page Thursday, the Boston Globe reported. He decried her for having so much power in the U.S. government without being elected — a complaint for which he would certainly find support, far and wide outside of his right-wing fringe.
But his complaint about her lack of credentials — elected or otherwise — was based on his anger at her for sounding like she was OK with opening U.S. borders to migrants fleeing war-torn Syria.
“Infowars” host Alex Jones arrives at the Travis County Courthouse in Austin on April 17. (Tamir Kalifa/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
Jones is an avid supporter of hard-line immigration policies and regularly uses his radio program and Infowars website to warn the public about the supposed dangers posed by refugees, particularly those from Muslim countries.
‘‘We did not elect Ivanka Trump to be the 45th president of the United States,’’ he said in the video. ‘‘I think she’s talented, she’s beautiful, I think the dresses she wears, her clothing line are cool. I have nothing against her personally, or Jared Kushner. But we didn’t elect him to be president either.’’
Kushner is Trump’s husband and a senior adviser to the president.
Jones was referring to remarks Ivanka made at the W20 Summit in Berlin. Ivanka participated in a panel discussion on women entrepreneurship with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other female world leaders. With no government experience, she faced heavy criticism in Germany and from Trump opponents worldwide for being allowed to be in the company of such highly accomplished and experienced women. Most notably, she invited faced boos and hisses from a female-dominated audience when she defended her father’s record on supporting families and women’s empowerment.
But Jones didn’t have a problem with what Ivanka said about women’s rights. He was mad about remarks she made during a later interview with NBC News about how she was open to the idea of the United States accepting more people seeking asylum from the Syrian crisis.
‘‘I think there is a global humanitarian crisis that’s happening, and we have to come together, and we have to solve it,’’ Ivanka Trump told NBC News. Asked about admitting more Syrians in particular, she responded, ‘‘That has to be part of the discussion, but that’s not going to be enough in itself.’’
Ivanka’s father has taken the opposite position, both as a candidate and as president. Donald Trump has spoken of new refugees bringing the risk of terrorism to the United States. Since taking office, he has issued a pair of executive orders seeking to bar refugees and migrants from several Muslim-majority countries.
Jones lamented Ivanka’s apparent willingness to buck her father’s position on this issue. He again objected to her having such a powerful platform with which to share these views and to discuss them with other world leaders.
‘‘We didn’t elect her. And she’s over in Germany with Merkel that opened the borders up for all the Islamicists,’’ said Jones, who apparently shot his video while sitting in traffic in downtown Austin. ‘‘And she says for women we should let refugees in, and that her dad’s wrong and she wants him to change his mind. What! From seven unvetted countries where the Islamicists just issue fake passports basically to terrorists.’’
Jones argued that the president was making good on his promises to defeat the Islamic State and al-Qaida in Syria, the Globe said. He noted, though, that this pressure on ISIS and al-Qaida could result in some terrorists being ‘‘squeezed out’’ and committing to attacks against Westerners.
‘‘So the answer is bring more in, because you’re for women,’’ he said.
Still, Jones ended his rant sounding hopeful that Trump would continue to support the nationalist cause, the Globe said.
‘‘We can’t just become demoralized if Trump starts going sideways or off his trajectory or something,’’ he said. ‘‘Don’t let the fact that Trump hasn’t gotten everything done – he’s gotten a lot done – or that his daughter’s out there doing bizarre stuff get you depressed.’’