First daughter Ivanka Trump is coming under fire from both worlds of fashion and politics. Senior White House aide Trump feeling the heat following a supposed fashion statement she made this week. More specifically the white Max Mara handbag she carried to church.
So what was in the handbag? Was it actually something meant to give aid? If you pause CSPAN’s video of the event at the 4:47 mark, you’ll see, as one eagle-eyed tweeter noticed, a hand-off: Ivanka passing her father the very Bible he abused for a photo op. (“Is that your Bible?” a reporter asked. “It’s a Bible,” Trump responded.)
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany expressed: “For this President, it was powerful and important to send a message that rioters, the looters, the anarchists, they will not prevail. That burning churches are not what America is about. In that moment, holding the Bible up, something that has widely hailed by Franklin Graham and others and it was a very important symbol for the American people to see that we will get through this with through unity and through faith.”
Ms. Trump had posted days before on Twitter that, “People in Minneapolis are hurting for a reason. Justice is how we heal. My heart goes out to George Floyd‘s family and all Americans who are hurting.”
Yet Washington Post ‘fashion critic’ Robin Givhan wasn’t so forgiving: “The president was accompanied by a throng of staff, but the person who stood out in the blur of dark suits crossing the square was his daughter and adviser Ivanka. Always Ivanka. She stood tall on her stilettos. She rose, golden-haired, above the group. She was dressed in black cropped pants and blazer. She was toting a very large white handbag and later was wearing a matching face mask with tiny metallic stars.”
She added, “Ivanka long ago perfected the art of playing the part, of moving through life like an Instagram feed made real.” Vanity Fair even ran a piece called “Ivanka’s Max Mara Handbag Probably Won’t Sell Quite Like Nancy Pelosi’s Max Mara Coat.” What a slap in the face.