Beginning with her speech at the Republican National Convention and a separate address on child care and women’s issues, Ivanka Trump has been central to her father’s efforts to court female voters. Unfortunately for the GOP nominee, his daughter has been largely silent since the now-infamous Access Hollywood tape — in which Donald Trump brags about sexual assault — was unearthed.
In a one-sentence statement given to Fast Company, Ivanka says: “My father’s comments were clearly inappropriate and offensive, and I’m glad that he acknowledged this fact with an immediate apology to my family and the American people.” Her sentiments echo those of her stepmother (and the Donald’s current, third wife), Melania.
It should be noted that Ivanka’s statement refers exclusively to the comments made on the Access Hollywood bus with Billy Bush, and not to the series of sexual assault allegations that have surfaced over the past two weeks.
Earlier this year, in an interview with CBS This Morning, Ivanka insisted that her father “is not a groper.” At the time, the most visible claims of sexual impropriety against Trump came from a New York Times story, the contents of which seem particularly chaste in light of this month’s news.