Surveys consistently show that our nation is more divided than any time in recent history. They also indicate that the two-thirds of the public (ABC/WP, 9-17) believes this is directly due to Donald Trump.
I do not have sources in the White House. But, based on things Trump has said and tweeted in the past, I imagine a conversation between Ivanka and her father would go something like this:
Donald: Ivanka, you are looking good this morning. I bet Jared just can’t keep his hands off you, cause it’s hard for me. Come sit on my lap. I mean, if I weren’t your father…
Ivanka: Stop, Dad. I wanted to talk because I am upset. Sh**hole, Pop? Dad, what could possibly have motivated you to use that language? Haven’t you ever heard of diplomacy?
Donald: I don’t need to have any experience in foreign affairs or diplomacy, I just call them like I see them. Besides, what are they going to do about it, nuke me?
Ivanka: That’s not the point, Dad, and that is nothing to kid about. It is racist to just declare a whole continent to be worthless. And, it is just plain wrong and against our values as Americans.
Donald: As I have said many times before, I am the least racist person you know. And, America has done lots of bad things before me.
Ivanka: Dad, have you ever heard “two wrongs don’t make a right”? And, saying you aren’t racist is all well and good, but you do not act that way. You act like a bigot and have a long record of discriminatory actions and statements going back 30 years. Now, you want immigration from Norway, but not Africa and Haiti.
Donald: Hey, it’s not racist to want Norwegians who look like us to move here. They can become real Americans, not like those other people. “America for Americans” is what I always say.
Ivanka: Dad, the only “real” Americans are the unfortunate people we proudly exiled to reservations. And, the native Americans are not white
Donald: Listen, I know those guys running those Indian casinos, and they don’t look like Indians to me. Anyway, I say what I think about all countries, not just Haiti and Africa. I call that Korean guy “Rocket Man”.
Ivanka: So, you’re proud of that term? That sort of name calling is just immature schoolyard bullying, not fitting for a President. In any case, it has just made things worse.
Donald: It’s not just North Korea that I dislike. Take Mexico, for example. They are sending criminals, drug pushers and rapists into America.
Ivanka: The vast majority of Mexicans who come here legally or illegally are coming to America for employment, to escape poverty. They are not criminals and are doing the work that Americans do not want to do, like picking crops. And, the areas that they are migrating to, like Texas, were part of Mexico not long ago.
Donald: I suppose there may be some good people among all those criminals. But, they are spreading infectious diseases.
Ivanka: It seems to be impossible to change your mind, Dad.
Donald: I am a stable genius who is always right. Why would I ever want to change?