Ivanka Trump introduced her father, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, to a national audience last night as a skilled businessman who would replicate his boardroom success in the Oval Office.
Trump, 34, in her address at the Republican National Convention, sought to paint a softer image of her father than his signature blunt and outspoken persona. She described him as “compassionate” and “kind,” while also emphasizing his business experience as proof he could make his “vision become reality.”
“When you have my father in your corner you will never again have to worry about being let down,” Ivanka Trump told the audience on final night of the convention, just moments before her father accepted the presidential nomination.
Trump’s other adult children — Donald Jr., Eric, and Tiffany — addressed the convention earlier in the week, but Thursday’s prime-time spot was reserved for Ivanka, a former model turned business executive who has emerged as one of her father’s most trusted campaign advisors.
Ivanka, a mother of three who runs a clothing company bearing her name, has served as one of the campaign’s most visible female campaign surrogates, fiercely defending Trump when his record on women’s issues and his treatment of women has come under attack.
Last night was no exception as she touted her father’s history of hiring female executives at his companies, and noting that he paid women and men equally in his companies.
“He is color blind and gender neutral,” she said. “He hires the best person for the job period.”
She said her father would push to make “quality child care affordable and accessible for all” and fight for “equal pay for equal work” — policy initiatives that Trump has seldom mentioned on the campaign trail and that are often touted by presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Last night’s address was a familiar role for Ivanka — she introduced her father last summer when he declared his candidacy inside of Trump Tower’s lobby and has often been tapped to warm-up the crowd at rallies before her father takes the stage.
She billed her father as someone who “listens to everyone,” noting that on construction jobs, he will talk to painters, electricians, and other workers for their feedback.
Ivanka Trump described her father as a “fighter” who was “a relentless believer in America and its potential.”
She said her father’s greatest “talent is his ability to see potential in people before they see it in themselves,” and said he inspired those around him to “strive for excellence.”
“In Donald Trump you have a candidate who knows the difference between wanting something done and getting something done,” she said.