"I am a proud Trump Republican."
The White House aide opened up that she officially made the switch to Republican from Democrat on 22 October 2018, enabling her to vote for her father in New York’s GOP primary.
“I believe he’s broadened the reach of the Republican Party, which is really important to me,” Ivanka Trump was quoted as saying.© REUTERS / Alex Brandon/PoolWhite House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump arrive for a state banquet at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi, India February 25, 2020.
As she touched upon her political transformation, the US President’s daughter said she was not “going to speculate” on how others perceived her:
“In areas outside of my portfolio, I tend to agree more with the more conservative viewpoint more often than where the Democrats are today. No one person or party has a monopoly on good ideas.”
Twitter users weighed in on the news, with opponents of Donald Trump taking the chance to lash out at the US President’s daughter.
She's as monstrous as her father. If not at times worse for her calculated personal manipulation of his office and the one he gave her, for profit.— Erin Brown (@speedmouse) March 3, 2020
Well, of course,she is. They were all Democrats until they realized the massive amount of profits were available by fraudulently being Republicans. And,then it became a reality. They are fraudulent republicans.— sby (@jcleever) March 3, 2020
Pride before the Fall ( pun intended). See you in November— jordan wade (@west8181) March 3, 2020
Well at least she admits they are not just the republicans anymore, they are trump republicans.— Tara🌸 (@SweetTreat80) March 3, 2020
What she really means is her old friends won’t talk to her anymore.— besthiker (@besthiker) March 3, 2020
She’s an embarrassment, a grifter and needs to pack her bags and leave DC.— #NoOneIsAboveTheLaw (@5thGenCaliNativ) March 3, 2020
Some users made sarcastic comments regarding the “revelation”.
Gee I never could have guessed......— lynpalmer (@klpalm2000) March 3, 2020
THIS JUST IN: SHE'S A TRUMP AND A REPUBLICAN.— Devin Nunes' Undocumented Housekeeper (@MyDiabolical) March 3, 2020
groundbreaking info— Phil Lacio (@PhilLacio2) March 3, 2020
Some were quick to speculate on what the statement by Ivanka Trump might be hinting at.
You realize she will run for office as the torch-bearer of Trumpism, right?— J.H. Jamshidi 🌈 (@britneysho) March 3, 2020
This was an announcement.
IVANKA2024— thomas baker🇺🇸 (@lilkimkitty) March 3, 2020
Prior to their political shift, Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, also a White House aide, were registered Democrats who donated to Democratic politicians in their home state New York. The two did not vote in the 2016 primary election, having missed the October 2015 deadline to register as Republicans.
Jared Kushner, who also recently registered as a Republican, was cited by The New York Times as confiding to reporters at a campaign briefing in December 2019:
"I was not a Republican… Now I'm a Republican. I think the Republican Party is growing now that people like me feel comfortable being part of it.”
The couple are currently in campaign mode ahead of the elections in November, with Ivanka Trump headlining a spate of fundraising events for her father, and speaking out following his acquittal in the Democrat-launched impeachment process against him.
Ivanka Trump went on Twitter to urge the country to move forward "together" after the Republican-controlled Senate voted to acquit Trump on both articles of impeachment that he faced.
This factional fever and incoherent, ill-conceived process has finally ended and the President has rightfully been acquitted. It is time for our Country to move forward. Together.— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) February 5, 2020
POTUS has accomplished so much and is just getting started.
The best is yet to come! 🇺🇸