Editor, the Advocate:
I am responding to the Letter to The Editor “The double standard strikes again” regarding the offspring of presidents. You compared the handling of Chelsea Clinton and Ivanka Trump by the public and the media. You failed to address the difference between the two.
Both are children of a president, but only one is employed by the government. The current president has employed Ivanka, whether paid or not, to work in and for his administration (nepotism without any prior governmental experience). As a public employee, you are fair game to be judged for your actions or inactions by the public and the media.
How you are treated is a direct result of your actions or inactions. You might be treated differently by the public and media if you:
- Are under investigation for links between Trump and Russian officials
- Use your political role or government employees (Kellyanne Conway) to promote your jewelry and fashion line
- Advocate for “America First” while manufacturing your fashion line in another country
- Advocate for women’s rights while having a hands-off approach to a code of conduct that prohibits physical abuse and child labor in the production of your fashion line, delegating compliance to your suppliers
- Degrade immigrants while employing illegal immigrants illegally in your family businesses
The children of politicians should be off-limits to the public and media unless they are governmental workers or inject themselves into the political arena. Chelsea is not a government employee, but Ivanka is working for the current administration. As a governmental employee, Ivanka is fair game for the public and the media. You reap what you sow.
Janice Ullman, Victoria