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

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

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 or on Twitter, @veronikabond.

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

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

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

Thank you!

This article has been sent!