Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.
Life

Eric Trump: Ivanka Is Too ‘Strong’ to Experience Sexual Harassment

Eric Trump delivers a speech on the third day of the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Image by Getty Images

To hear Donald Trump’s son Eric tell it, his sister Ivanka is too “strong” and “powerful” to ever be affected by sexual harassment.

The declaration comes at the heels of Donald Trump telling Kirsten Powers, a columnist at USA Today, that his Jewish daughter Ivanka would be able to find another job or career if she were sexually harassed at a current one.

After USA Today broke the story, Trump’s second-oldest son Eric told CBS’s Charlie Rose on “CBS This Morning” that everyone had simply misinterpreted his father’s comments — his sister Ivanka is not someone who should be concerned about experiencing sexual harassment.

“Ivanka is a strong, powerful woman, she wouldn’t allow herself to be [subjected] to it,” Eric Trump said in the interview.

Both Trump and Eric’s comments drew the necessary ire for a wide range of reasons — the victim blaming, downplaying sexual harassment and equating women who get sexually assaulted as “weak” and less deserving of protection are just a few of the ones that are easiest to spot — and Twitter was quick to respond.

While Eric Trump later tried to downplay the significance of what he said on Twitter, the internet wasn’t convinced.

Perhaps next time Eric Trump will think twice about how he chooses to “stick up” for his family.

Contact Veronika Bondarenko at [email protected] or on Twitter, @veronikabond.

Engage

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.