In a brutal op-ed entitled “Ivanka Trump: Born to legitimize corruption and make the shoddy look cute,” the Los Angeles Times’ Virginia Heffernan skewered the First Daughter for her complicity in her long, sordid history of not only whitewashing – and enabling – flagrant corruption, but frequenting so shamelessly with a crowd of would-be criminals.
“Crooks seeking legitimacy are not fenced out in America. The U.S. is teeming with enablers champing at the bit to serve rich thugs: lawyers, lobbyists, bankers, security firms, consultants and PR people.
The enabler sector now boasts several household names. Among them are the lobbyist and onetime Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, who has been indicted for financial crimes; and Trump’s favorite child, Ivanka, who holds an indeterminate public-facing position in the White House — or in real estate, or maybe fashion.”
Heffernan slams Trump for her “warehouses upon warehouses of petroleum-based separates, many of them sewn for poverty pay in sweatshops” and the “multitudes of flesh-and-blood rogues who flock to her for redemption,” like General Michael Flynn, whom she profusely praised for having “amazing loyalty” before he was ultimately brought down by the FBI for lying.
“It’s impossible to keep track of all the gangsters Ivanka has palled around with. But what’s truly damning are the shady real-estate projects she has made rise and go forth.”
From Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower in Panama City, which is connected to a Brazilian money launderer and a jailed Russian investor, to the Trump SoHo, which was the subject of a criminal case for defrauding prospective buyers, to the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Vancouver, which is under investigation by FBI counterintelligence officials, Ivanka is at the center of a slew of shady deals.
“When an organization exists not to build buildings but to brand them, its business is optics. And Ivanka has long window-dressed the Trump Organization’s deals. She was born to make the shoddy look cute, to legitimize corruption.”
Ivanka may be out to make the shoddy look good, but there’s no recovery from this damning expose.