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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Following in her daddy's footsteps

by digby

Ivanka Trump said this last night on Fox News, after her father said the same thing on the campaign trail:
 “There’s no policy on Hillary Clinton’s website pertaining to any of these issues, childcare, eldercare, or maternity leave or paternity leave for that matter. There’s no policy that’s been articulated on how to solve the problem.”
This is the kind of every day blatant lying the Trump campaign gets away with on a regular basis. It's been fact checked. No one will care. As Think Progress reports:
Hillary Clinton has three different pages on her website that describe her plans for paid family leave and childcare.
Clinton, in fact, rolled out her own plans months ago. She called for paid family leave in her first speech of the campaign and unveiled her proposal to guarantee 12 weeks in January. Her plan would ensure eligible workers, mothers and fathers alike, would get two-thirds of their regular pay up to a certain cap and pay for the cost of the benefits with higher taxes on the rich. When Hillary Clinton ran for president in 2008, she also put forward a paid family leave plan. 
And in May she unveiled her proposal to address the cost, quality, and availability of childcare. She has pledged to use government spending and tax breaks to make sure that no family pays more than 10 percent of its income on care. She also paired it with a proposal to increase pay for childcare providers and early childhood educators as a way to ensure quality and availability. 
Here's the Washington Post headline from last May:
The enormous ambition of Hillary Clinton’s child-care plan 
Granted, nobody heard about it because everyone was fulminating over emails at the time as usual, but it is on her website and she talks about it on the trail all the time.

This is Ivanka's special project so she surely knew that Clinton had a plan. She just adopted the Trump campaign strategy of going on right wing media and blatantly lying about it knowing that the people who watch will never hear otherwise.

She has now added to her lie by going on mainstream morning TV and saying that Clinton has been around forever and never passed any plans for women and children so she's a big fat failure. That's not true and to the extent that Democrats including Clinton have tried to get paid family passed it was Ivanka's party that blocked it.

When asked whether she and the Trump Organization provide it for her own employees, as millions of private companies do, she said they do. Her own small company does provide a measly 8 weeks of paid leave but there's no documentation anywhere that the international Trump organization has a policy on it. And her father has lied about his properties before saying that they provide child care at his hotels. it turned out it was for the guests not the employees.

It's part of their attempt to get women voters, as was the Dr Oz gambit today. And it could work. The fact that it's all lies doesn't really matter for the Trump campaign. It's all about impressionistic attitude. But it remains to be seen if the impression most women have of him is now too set to change.