Trump Loves Being Called Daddy (By His Adult Daughter)

Trump Loves Being Called Daddy (By His Adult Daughter)

Dissecting the implications of his cringe-worthy comments in North Dakota.

Dissecting the implications of his cringe-worthy comments in North Dakota.

Text: Justin Ragolia

Early this month, a minute-long clip of President Trump's North Dakota tax reform speech went viral because of some off-script comments the president made about his daughter, Ivanka. After crooning for Ivanka to come up and join him on stage, Trump remarked about how excited his daughter was to travel to North Dakota with him for the event, saying, "She wanted to make the trip, she said "Dad, can I go with you?" She actually said, "Daddy, can I go with you?" I like that, right."

There he is, the President of the United States, telling a crowd of North Dakota citizens that he enjoys it when his nearly 36-year old daughter calls him "daddy." We're not at all surprised by this fact; it's one of the quirks of Don and Ivanka's dynamic that we all were already clued in on, but hearing the president mention it casually during an official speech makes it even more off-putting.

This is the latest in a decades-long series of gag-inducing instances in which Trump has made pseudo-sexual references to his daughter, headlined by an odd comment made during an interview with The View in 2006 about how "If Ivanka weren't [his] daughter, [he'd] be dating her."

So what exactly is this about? Does Trump actually have an incestuous relationship with his eldest? Probably not, but he's shown on many occasions that even though his daughter is an esteemed business and media professional, she deserves to be belittled as a child at best, or completely sexualized at worst. Remember, President Trump has proven he's not above denigrating and objectifying women publicly, much to the discomfort (or sometimes approval, in Billy Bush's case) of the accompanying parties. Both his recent and dated comments about Ivanka prove that even the women in his family aren't exempt from his hypersexual, objectifying gaze should they be "voluptuous" enough.

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