We beg to differ
We don’t know exactly how powerful Ivanka Trump is. It’s obvious she carries a lot of influence with President Trump, but it’s equally unclear whether any of that presumed power translates into results. After all, leaked details of her meetings with individuals, such as Cecile Richards, the head of Planned Parenthood, reportedly did not go well at all.
But that didn’t stop one cable news network from calling her “America’s most powerful Jewish woman.” In an op-ed published on CNN, Maeve Reston and Betsy Klein wrote:
“Ivanka is arguably the most powerful Jewish woman in America today, someone who has long had a special influence on her father (though doesn't always win him over) and is now settling in as an unpaid adviser to the President.”
And with the public’s opinion on Ivanka Trump quickly becoming nearly as divisive as that of her father, you better believe the internet was ready to respond to CNN’s bold claim.
One of the most immediate responses was from people on Twitter who pointed out that we already have two female Jewish Supreme Court justices: Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan. And the last time anybody checked, justices on the high court are pretty powerful—maybe even more so than a president’s adult child:
Oh, and let’s not forget Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. You’ve heard of Facebook, right? It’s a pretty big deal:
And then there’s Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen, one of the most influential financial voices—not just America, but in the world. But does she have a line of handbags?
As journalist Steve Goldstein wrote:
“Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen can, on certain days, be considered the most powerful person, male or female, Jewish or gentile, in the entire world.”
Needless to say, that’s some stiff competition for Ivanka Trump, and that’s only scratching the surface of potential rivals. So, at a time when her influence over her father’s policy making is being directly called into challenge, it might not be the best time to anoint her with such a bold distinction.