Wednesday 7 December 2016

Donald Trump's daughters Ivanka and Tiffany claim their father 'empowers and inspires women'

Sasha Brady

Published 13/04/2016 | 11:55

Donald Trump, Hayden Panettiere. actress Tiffany Trump, Ivanka Trump pose at the Nakheel Introduces Trump International Hotel and Tower Dubai party on August 23, 2008. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Donald Trump, Hayden Panettiere. actress Tiffany Trump, Ivanka Trump pose at the Nakheel Introduces Trump International Hotel and Tower Dubai party on August 23, 2008. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Donald Trump's daughters Ivanka and Tiffany have claimed their father "inspires" and "empowers women."

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"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.

Donald Trump’s wife Melania (right), daughter Ivanka, and son Eric at a Republican debate in Charleston, South Carolina. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Donald Trump’s wife Melania (right), daughter Ivanka, and son Eric at a Republican debate in Charleston, South Carolina. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

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.

Ivanka Trump and children Arabella Rose (4) and Joseph Frederick (2). Photo: Ivanka Trump / Instagram.
Ivanka Trump and children Arabella Rose (4) and Joseph Frederick (2). Photo: Ivanka Trump / Instagram.

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.

Ivanka Trump (L) and her half sister Tiffany Trump attend the Launch of Ivanka's Spring 2011 Lifestyle Collection of Footwear at the Topanga Nordstrom on February 17, 2011 in Canoga Park, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump (L) and her half sister Tiffany Trump attend the Launch of Ivanka's Spring 2011 Lifestyle Collection of Footwear at the Topanga Nordstrom on February 17, 2011 in Canoga Park, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

"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."

Ivanka Trump
Ivanka Trump

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.

Donald Trump's wife, Melania, pictured at a debate in the University of Miami (Reuters)
Donald Trump's wife, Melania, pictured at a debate in the University of Miami (Reuters)

"Other politicians talk about gender equality but its not evidenced in their daily employment practices,” she explained.

“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.”

Eric Trump, Lara Yunaska Trump, Donald Trump, Barron Trump, Melania Trump, Vanessa Haydon Trump, Kai Madison Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Donald John Trump III, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, and Tiffany Trump pose for photos on stage after Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the U.S. presidency at Trump Tower on June 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Christopher Gregory/Getty Images)
Eric Trump, Lara Yunaska Trump, Donald Trump, Barron Trump, Melania Trump, Vanessa Haydon Trump, Kai Madison Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Donald John Trump III, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, and Tiffany Trump pose for photos on stage after Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the U.S. presidency at Trump Tower on June 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Christopher Gregory/Getty Images)

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.”

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