Ivanka Trump, the eldest daughter of President Donald Trump and one of his senior advisers, is widely beloved by her father’s supporters, although her prior status as a New York-based socialite and businesswoman has given some social conservatives cause for suspicion.
However, Ivanka may well have allayed those concerns, at least on one major issue, as she has publicly revealed her “unapologetically” pro-life stance, The Hill reported.
On the issue of abortion
Ivanka has rarely if ever spoken directly about the topic of abortion, and the concerns about her possible liberal stance on the issue were fueled in 2017 when, shortly after her father had taken office, it was leaked that she had met with Cecile Richards, the then-head of Planned Parenthood.
While there may have been a basis for suspicions at that time, such a view of the president’s daughter would be completely unfounded now in light of what she just revealed in an in-depth interview for RealClearPolitics.
Much of that interview was centered on Ivanka’s self-professed “pragmatism” in the world of politics and how, over the past few years, she has shifted from a prior moderate agnosticism about politics toward an embrace of the sort of populist conservatism espoused by the president.
“I am pro-life”
That was no more evident than when the topic of abortion was raised during the interview, to which she initially replied, “I respect all sides of a very personal and sensitive discussion.”
“But I am also a mother of three children, and parenthood affected me in a profound way in terms of how I think about these things,” she said, and added, “I am pro-life, and unapologetically so.”
RCP noted that an unnamed White House aide close to Ivanka later clarified that the shift in her position was a result of the political left’s increasingly radical position on abortion as much as her own experience with motherhood.
“A huge driving part of” her becoming openly pro-life, according to the aide, “is where the Democratic Party has gone.”
An ideological shift has occurred
In addition to her revealed stance on abortion, the president’s eldest daughter also seemed to suggest that, despite her dislike of “limiting” ideological labels, she is perfectly fine with being referred to as a “populist” and is proud to call herself a “Trump-Republican.”
That is a shift from when she introduced her father at the 2016 Republican National Convention and disavowed any sort of political label, including “Republican” or “Democrat.”
A lot has changed over the past four years during Trump’s time in Washington, D.C., and that apparently includes his daughter Ivanka’s place on the ideological spectrum and her stance on one of the most important issues of the day, the right to life for the innocent unborn, and it ought to be reassuring to social conservatives to now know exactly where she stands.