Democratic National Committee doesn’t hold anything down when it dropped a 5-megaton bomb on Ivanka Trump this week.
DNC Spokesperson Elizabeth Renda issued a statement this week calling out first daughter and White House special adviser Ivanka Trump’s “blatant hypocrisy” in promoting the Trump administration’s “Hire American” initiatives.
Titled: “Ivanka Trump is a Hypocrite,” the statement was published on the DNC website Thursday (19 July 2018) and is one of the strongest rebukes of Ivanka yet.
Renda began her statement blasting Ivanka’s hypocrisy for promoting the creation of American jobs while her own products are manufactured exclusively overseas:
While Ivanka Trump is busy writing op-eds calling on American companies to ‘create more jobs, strengthen our economy and restore hopeful futures to countless families,’ workers in countries like Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Bangladesh, and India are busy too – working in conditions below industry standards to manufacture clothing and shoes for the first daughter’s namesake brand.
Next, she tore into what she called Ivanka’s “faux feminism,” stating:
The first daughter and special adviser to the president loves to portray herself as a champion for working women, but one look inside the overseas factories where she chooses to manufacture her products proves that she is anything but. The women manufacturing ‘Ivanka Trump’ clothes and shoes are paid so little that many of them are forced to live without their own children. The American people will not be fooled by the Trumps’ political publicity stunts calling for the creation of more American jobs, and they won’t fall for Ivanka’s faux feminism.
Concluding her remarks, Renda turned her attention to the hypocrisy running rampant throughout the entire Trump family:
The reality of how this family runs its own businesses is clear: choosing not to buy American, hire American, or make meaningful investments in American workers.
The remainder of the statement included a series of direct quotes from powerhouse media companies speaking out about Ivanka Trump.
For example, The Washington Post is quoted discussing the fact that Ivanka’s clothing line practices are out of step with industry trends:
In China… assembly-line workers produce Ivanka Trump woven blouses, shoes and handbags. Laborers in Indonesia stitch together her dresses and knit tops. Suit jackets are assembled in Vietnam, cotton tops in India and denim pants in Bangladesh… And in Ethiopia, where manufacturers have boasted of paying workers a fifth of what they earn in Chinese factories, workers made thousands of pounds of Ivanka Trump-brand shoes.
Refinery29 offered a similar rebuke, concluding that: “We guess ‘hiring American’ is easy to say as long as you don’t have to put your money where your mouth is.”
The Guardian is quoted from an article revealing the reality of life working in a factory manufacturing Ivanka Trump clothing:
The reality of working in a factory making clothes for Ivanka Trump’s label has been laid bare, with employees speaking of being paid so little they cannot live with their children, anti-union intimidation and women being offered a bonus if they don’t take time off while menstruating. The Guardian has spoken to more than a dozen workers at the fashion label’s factory in Subang, Indonesia, where employees describe being paid one of the lowest minimum wages in Asia and there are claims of impossibly high production targets and sporadically compensated overtime.
Other quotes included:
- Newsweek: Ivanka Trump Touts Hire American Program As Mar-a-Lago Seeks To Recruit More Foreign Workers
- Glamour: New Report Reveals the Overwhelming Hypocrisy Behind Ivanka Trump’s Clothing Brand
- Quartz: Ivanka Trump, champion of working women, hasn’t done much for those making her brand’s clothes
- W Magazine: Ivanka Trump’s Clothing Brand Grows But Its Ethics Are Egregiously Lagging Behind
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