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Ivanka Trump says her dad “is a feminist”. The world laughs

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By now, it’s a well-established fact that Donald Trump has a problem with woman. At the last count, some 70% of American women had unfavourable views of the Republican nominee, compared to 58% of men. Even white Republican women – the female demographic he’s most likely to attract – have turned against him in droves, with only 29% saying that they view him positively.

In the US, more women vote than men. And so if Trump can’t get enough women (or “girls”, as he calls them) onside, he’s unlikely to be successful in his increasingly crazed presidential bid.

Consequently, his daughter Ivanka and wife Melania have been dutifully giving interviews in which they make the case that a Trump presidency will be good for women – because, um, he’s been good to them.

Ivanka, 34, has wheeled out this rather rickety argument again in a new interview with the Sunday Times Magazine – going so far as to declare The Donald a feminist.

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Ivanka Trump speaking at her father's announcement of his presidential bid

“My father is a feminist. He’s a big reason I am the woman I am today,” she declares. “People talk about gender equality. He has lived it, he has employed women at the highest levels of the Trump Organization for decades, so I think it’s a great testament to how capable he thinks women are and has shown that his whole life.”

It’s true that privately-educated multibillionaire’s daughter Ivanka doesn’t appear to have been majorly held back by her possession of two X chromosomes. An executive vice-president in the Trump Organisation, she also runs her own fashion label, where you can buy shoes that are eerily similar to those made by other designers and scarves that pose a legitimate fire safety risk.

“He always told me and showed me that I could do anything I set my mind to if I married vision and passion with work ethic,” she told the Sunday Times Magazine. (He also said he would date her if she wasn’t, you know, his daughter, but that’s by the by.) “He’s also surrounded me with strong female role models who have done just that since I was a little girl.”

Now, we (sort of) understand Ivanka’s compulsion to jump to The Donald’s defence; he is her dad, after all. But really – come on.

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Trump: not great for women, all told

This is the man who has made too many offensive comments about women’s appearances to count. This is the man who has suggested that her husband’s infidelity makes Hillary Clinton ill-equipped to be president (“If [she] can’t satisfy her husband what makes her think she can satisfy America?”).

As far as policy is concerned, Trump has brushed off women’s questions about equal pay, suggested that women should receive “punishment” for having abortions, and made light of the shockingly low conviction rate for sexual assault in the US military – suggesting that it wouldn’t be a problem if women hadn’t been allowed to serve in the first place.

So it’s very nice that Trump has been known to employ women to make money for him (woohoo!) and be kind to his female family members (double woohoo!). But Ivanka – it’s not quite enough.

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Moya Crockett

Moya is Women's Editor at stylist.co.uk, where she is currently overseeing the Visible Women campaign. Carrying a tiny bottle of hot sauce on her person at all times is one of the many traits she shares with both Beyoncé and Hillary Clinton.

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