Ivanka, always a supporter of her father President Donald Trump, has been a liberal Democrat all her life, advocating for progressive policies and registering as a Democrat in her home state of New York.
Now, that’s all changed.
The eldest Trump daughter told the NY Times that her official party switch came because of the Democratic Party itself, which Ivanka says strayed from her beliefs, and out of a desire to vote for her father in the New York primary in 2020 (New York state has a closed primary where residents can only vote within their registered party).
But the Times took note of a different fuel: the hyper-partisan impeachment proceedings against her father.
“Once seen as a moderate voice in the White House, the president’s older daughter was angered by his impeachment and plans on an active role as a fund-raiser for his re-election campaign,” Times journalists Maggie Haberman and Annie Karni wrote.
Haberman and Karni highlighted Ivanka’s recent appearance on Fox News’ Sean Hannity’s show, where the White House advisor said Democrats decision to reject celebrating Trump’s successes for the country was “not forgivable.”
“For us not to come together as a nation and celebrate America’s success is not forgivable,” Ivanka told Hannity in early February, Fox News reported. “And I think that’s why the viewers who were watching today and realizing and celebrating alongside the president, alongside the rest of this country, what is happening. Because we have completely changed the trajectory of this country.”
“And the president is unabashed in being excited about it and celebrating it and just being a cheerleader for American excellence,” she continued.
“What motivates this president and what motivates all of us who work for him is the desire to uplift all Americans, which is why it was so important to start at the beginning of the speech talking about how all Americans are benefiting from these policies,” Ivanka said of her father’s State of the Union Speech. “Especially blue-collar Americans and those who have been left behind.”
The Times reporters noted that Ivanka’s online “persona” has became more aggressive since the impeachment proceedings against her father began.
“This factional fever and incoherent, ill-conceived process has finally ended and the President has rightfully been acquitted,” the First Daughter tweeted when the Senate impeachment trial came to a close. “POTUS has accomplished so much and is just getting started. The best is yet to come!”
This factional fever and incoherent, ill-conceived process has finally ended and the President has rightfully been acquitted. It is time for our Country to move forward. Together.
POTUS has accomplished so much and is just getting started.
The best is yet to come! 🇺🇸
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) February 5, 2020
On the day of Trump’s acquittal, Ivanka celebrated the Trump win, the Times reported:
On the day of her father’s acquittal, the woman who once used her popular Instagram account to show herself off as a not-quite-relatable working mother raising a young family posted a photograph of herself giving the signature Trumpian double thumbs-up in front of an American flag, wearing a USA hat. In a caption, she wrote that the portrait captured her “#Mood.”
Ivanka’s formerly liberal husband and advisor Jared Kushner made the party switch to Republican, too.
“I was not a Republican,” Kushner recently told reporters, the Times noted. “Now I’m a Republican. I think the Republican Party is growing now that people like me feel comfortable being part of it.”