UPDATE: Donald Trump’s Family Seemingly Crumbles as Ivanka Distances Herself Further
The Trump family unity appears to be cracking after Ivanka distanced herself from father Donald Trump ahead of a court battle over a lawsuit against the Trump Organization.
UPDATE: Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, are distancing themselves even further away from Donald J. Trump. According to our source close to the family, Ivanka was considering a comeback to the political sphere last week, but that was all squashed when the fourth indictment came down.
Original story [April 27, 2023]: If there’s one thing you can say about the Trump family, it’s that they’ve always stood in lockstep behind Donald Trump.
Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump have always been openly supportive of their dad’s political and business career, at times even putting themselves in legal jeopardy to defend him.
Even Tiffany Trump and Barron Trump are often seen supporting their dad, alongside Barron’s mother, Melania.
But the happy family image may be crumbling after daughter Ivanka has taken even more steps to distance herself from her imperiled father.
Ivanka Has Always Been the Favorite
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The Trump family has always seemed to be perfectly in sync.
They work together for the same goals, share the same business career, and often post the same inflammatory content on social media.
There are a few minor exceptions, of course.
Trump’s niece, Mary Trump, has been an outspoken critic of her Uncle for years. During his impeachment trials, people turned to Mary for insight into how her Uncle might be feeling, or what he might be thinking.
All in all, she’s proven to be insightful about his state of mind and motivations, but is certainly considered a family pariah for willingly trash talking the powerful businessman.
Tiffany Trump is also less of a public-eye supporter. While she shows up for her dad and speaks in his favor, she’s not on the front line of the business or political stages.
And Barron, of course, is just 17 years old, so he isn’t as involved as his older half-siblings.
She’s always been the most outspoken and involved of the children, even though Eric and Junior have been open in their father’s defense.
Ivanka married Jared Kushner, and the two of them together were vital and instrumental to Trump’s first term in the White House. According to those closest to the former POTUS, Ivanka was often the only one who could get through to her father on certain topics, was the most influential voice close to his ear many times, and was relied upon to keep the cogs of the administration turning when her father was distracted or otherwise unfocused.
There have been rumors through the years that Trump’s attention towards Ivanka has been inappropriate; at one time he said that if she wasn’t his daughter, he would date her.
But through all the speculation and legal troubles, Ivanka has remained steadfast.
Family Woes are Spreading
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That may no longer be the case.
When Donald Trump announced that he was seeking reelection in 2024, neither Ivanka nor Kushner were anywhere to be found at the announcement.
And it soon came out that the two planned to be uninvolved in his run for a second term and subsequent administration if he should win.
One could make the argument that they’re simply stepping out of the limelight and turmoil of a Trump political campaign, to focus on their careers and their children.
But signs are starting to show that the cracks in the family unity go beyond a desire to avoid the spotlight.
Business Insider reports, “Ivanka Trump has distanced herself from her family, notably her brothers Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, by ditching their attorneys and hiring her own to represent her in an upcoming civil lawsuit, Forbes reported.
Former President Donald Trump, his three eldest children, and the Trump Organization are named in a $250 million fraud civil lawsuit, in which New York Attorney General Letitia James is also seeking to permanently bar the Trumps from officiating or directing any businesses in New York.
The Trumps, their real estate company, and its top executives are accused of inflating the value of properties to secure cheaper loans.
The defendants dispute the allegations.”
Initially, the Trumps all retained the same lawyers.
Ivanka has now sought her own representation. That’s not entirely unusual, considering the fact that all parties involved have different interests, but what is unusual is the timing.
Insider adds, “Former federal prosecutor Michael McAuliffe told [Newsweek] that the lawsuit’s discovery period is nearing an end, with the trial set to begin in October, which means that the evidence in the case is already ‘largely identified and developed.’
McAuliffe said that ‘it might well be that Ivanka Trump is looking ahead to the trial in the fall and wants a separate advocate who is free to point out the disparity in the evidence against the various defendants.’
He added: ‘A lawyer representing all or several of the defendants can’t realistically or effectively make that argument.'”
This could even mean that the counsel representing Ivanka could provide information that would call testimony from the rest of the family into doubt.
It’s not exactly a declaration of war, but it’s certainly a sign that the Trump family cohesion is a thing of the past.
And it’s not just Ivanka.
Melania has been conspicuously absent recently, leading to rumors that she’s giving her husband the cold shoulder as he faces mounting civil and criminal peril, and looks poised to thrust his family back into the chaos that was his first term in the White House.