[size=9]By MAGGIE HABERMAN and JENNIFER STEINHAUERJULY 21, 2016
CLEVELAND — Ivanka Trump, the eldest daughter of the Republican presidential nominee, Donald J. Trump, and perhaps the most poised and articulate defender of his character and ideas, introduced her father as “a fighter” who will “fight for you.”
“I ask you to judge my father by his results,” Ms. Trump told the rapt crowd in a speech that was equal parts familial praise and a recitation of his accomplishments. “He is colorblind and gender-neutral.”
She discussed the number of female executives at her father’s company, describing them as treated well even as new mothers, in an attempt to build a bridge to female voters with whom Mr. Trump’s ratings are low. She also said that as a young girl, her father told her that if she was going to think at all, she should “think big.”
The speech was a sharp departure in tone from some of the earlier presentations at the convention — the first three nights were filled with thunderous oratory and chants of “lock her up!” about Hillary Clinton. But Ms. Trump presented a far different approach to the convention delegates.
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Ivanka Trump: A Real First Lady?
Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka has been playing an active role in his campaign, while his wife, Melania, has preferred to take a back seat. The Times’s Jennifer Steinhauer explains how Ivanka Trump is taking a lead.
By NATALIA V. OSIPOVA and JENNIFER STEINHAUER on Publish DateJuly 21, 2016. Photo by Eric Thayer for The New York TimesWatch in Times Video »
Ms. Trump’s influence with her father is almost unrivaled in their family. And her goal at the convention was to serve as one of his strongest character witnesses, offering a warmer portrait of one of the most famous celebrities in the world — yet someone who is known mostly superficially, and most recently in a negative light through his slashing campaign.
“I think for someone so famous, in certain regards my father is not very well known, and his warmth and compassion have not been fully experienced by the American public,” Ms. Trump said in a brief interview before her speech.
In recent months, Ms. Trump, 34, has operated as something of the superego of the evolving Trump campaign, gingerly influencing and promoting her father’s ambitions while avoiding becoming ensnared in his controversies. Her efforts have impressed donors, Republican members of Congress, skeptics and delegates here at his nominating convention.
Mr. Trump’s wife, Melania, has been a reluctant co-campaigner, preferring to remain out of the spotlight and focused on the couple’s young son, Barron. When Mr. Trump announced his once-seemingly quixotic candidacy in June, it was Ivanka Trump who introduced her father, while Melania Trump lingered behind them.
In an interview this week with People magazine, Ms. Trump defended her stepmother, calling her an “unbelievable mother” while offering praise for her decision to let parenting take priority over being on the campaign trail on behalf of her husband. The remarks came as Melania Trump has been dealing with accusations that passages from the convention speech she gave Monday night were plagiarized.
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