Was she even invited?

By Christopher Luu
Jan 13, 2021 @ 7:44 pm
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After President Donald Trump announced (via his now-defunct Twitter account) that he would not be attending President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony, reports surfaced that Trump's daughter, Ivanka, would be there in an effort to bolster her future political ambitions. However, People reports that an official statement from the White House confirmed that Ivanka would not be attending.

"Ivanka is not expected to attend the inauguration nor was she ever expected to," a White House official told People.

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After last week's riots at the U.S. Capitol building, Ivanka faced criticism for a now-deleted tweet that called the rioters "American Patriots" while urging them to stop the violence. After she deleted the tweet, she replaced it with a second: "Peaceful protest is patriotic. Violence is unacceptable and must be condemned in the strongest terms."

Previous reports stated that President Trump saw Ivanka's supposed attendance as a personal attack. Now, it seems, he won't have to worry about an instance of insubordination from his daughter.

"He said it's an insult that she would even want to engage with the crooks that are trying to bring him down. The president told his daughter that her presence at the inauguration will cost her thousands of supporters and would be the worst decision she could ever make," sources told the Daily Mail. They continued, saying that Ivanka saw attending as a way to show that she was "being a good sport and will gain future supporters."

"Ivanka is worried that her promising political career is in jeopardy and she's doing whatever she can to save her reputation," a source added.