Donald Trump's daughters Ivanka and Tiffany claim their father 'empowers and inspires women'
Published 13/04/2016 | 11:55
Donald Trump's daughters Ivanka and Tiffany have claimed their father "inspires" and "empowers women."
"The way he raised me and the way he raised Tiffany is a testament to the fact that he believes in inspiring women and empowering women," said the US presidential hopeful's eldest daughter Ivanka.
The 34-year-old, who is the business mogul's daughter with first wife Ivana, was speaking at a televised town hall on Tuesday night for her father, ahead of next week's New York primary.
The entire Trump clan was present, including Donald, his wife Melania and children Ivanka, Tiffany, Donald Jr. and Eric.
Along with questions from CNN's Anderson Cooper, the Trumps took questions from Republican voters who were present for the taping.
While most of the questions were aimed at Donald, quite a few were directed at his family.
When questioned about their father's apparent sexism, his two daughters rushed to his defence.
"I think the facts speak for themselves, I've witnessed these incredible female role models that he's employed in the highest executive positions my entire life," Ivanka said.
"He always taught me that there wasn't anything that I couldn't do if I set my mind to it, if I had deep passion and worked very hard to achieve it," she continued.
"I don't think that's a message that a father would relay to a daughter that he didn't believe had potential to accomplish exactly what her brothers could."
The businessman is no stranger to controversy and during his campaign has called his critic Rosie O’Donnell a fat pig and seemingly attributed Fox News reporter Megyn Kelly’s hard questioning during a debate to her menstrual cycle.
Donald's youngest daughter Tiffany (22), from his second marriage to Marla Maples, agreed: "He has the utmost faith that we can accomplish whatever we put our minds to just as well as men, if not better.
“Every time I speak to him on the phone, whether it be at school or when I’m with him in his office or in Palm Beach, he wants us to do the best,” she said. “He has the utmost faith that we can accomplish whatever we set our minds to, just as well as men, if not better.”
As for Melania, she offered a a more straightforward response about Trump’s approach to women.
“He treats everyone equally,” she said. “If you’re a woman and they attack him, he will attack back, no matter who you are. We are all human, and he treats them equal as men.”