Donald Trump is not exactly the world’s greatest dad. Not only has he gotten his kids into all manner of legal trouble, but he’s already picked which one should serve jail time. (Spoiler: It’s not the one he’s subjected to gross, pervy comments.) He may not even know their ages, as suggested by his typically bizarre attempts to defend them from the clutches of the House select committee investigating the time his violent supporters tried to overturn democracy.
“It’s a very unfair situation for my children. Very, very unfair,” he said. “It’s a disgrace, what’s going on. They’re using these things to try and get people’s minds off how incompetently our country is being run. And they don’t care. They’ll go after children.”
Trump has never been great with words; he seems to only know 100 of them tops. But he wound up inadvertently highlighting a strange quirk of the English language: Trump can call his fully grown kids “my children” but that doesn’t make them “children” in the general sense of the word. Because, again, they are adults. In Ivanka’s case, she was born during the Reagan administration.
When Trump’s latest gaffe went public, people couldn’t help but point out that Ivanka is his child but not a child.
Ivanka is a 40-year-old woman who was employed by the White House as an advisor to the President and who has three *children* of her own. This is not a little girl with pixie tails and a lemonade stand! https://t.co/ZPtyhUUALT
— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) January 23, 2022
Ivanka is not a child. Ivanka is 40.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) January 23, 2022
She's 40 and Trump wanted to have Ivanka lead the World Bank pic.twitter.com/YaQHlqXPa3
— Alicia Smith 💙🌊🌊 #FBR (@AliciaSmith987) January 23, 2022
Ivanka Trump is 40 years old. https://t.co/825aErUwZa
— Miranda Yaver, PhD (@mirandayaver) January 23, 2022
Ivanka Trump is older than any of the three women Donald Trump has married were on their wedding day. https://t.co/7jAWrbbtI1
— Jamison Foser (@jamisonfoser) January 23, 2022
Ivanka is middle aged. You made her a White House Senior Advisor. The fact that she's your child does not make her *a* child. https://t.co/Lu2nZhPt4g
— Elizabeth Spiers (@espiers) January 23, 2022
BREAKING NEWS: Trump Says Multimillionaire Forty-Something Senior White House Adviser Should Be Exempt From Federal Subpoena Because She Is a Child*
*Or he meant something else. It's unclear. He's incoherent these days. Very sad. Just a huge, sad loser. https://t.co/PfuBxxbzg2
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) January 23, 2022
Trump is also no stranger to hyperbole and to painting himself as a victim when people try to hold him accountable for his many alleged crimes. Instead of playing ball, as an innocent person would do, he’s tried — and, in some cases, failed — to block the Jan. 6 committee from probably incriminating records. And failing that, he’s called them names.