Ivanka Trump Tries to Woo Millennials and Women in RNC Speech

By Denisse Moreno
Denisse Moreno
Denisse Moreno
July 22, 2016 Updated: July 22, 2016

Ivanka Trump took the stage to introduce her father on the night he accepted his nomination at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Thursday.

In her speech, Trump’s oldest daughter tried to appeal to millennials, women, and minorities by arguing that her father is compassionate and caring.


She compared herself to “fellow millennials” in the speech saying she did not consider herself as Republican or Democrat, but that she has voted on what she believes is right.

“Sometimes it’s a tough choice. That is not the case this time,” she said.

“As the proud daughter of your nominee, I am here to tell you that this is the moment and Donald Trump is the person to make America great again.”

‘Color Blind’

Trump’s daughter said her father cares about minorities and that she has seen it first hand at his job sites.

“These sites are also incredible melting pots, gathering people from all walks of life and uniting them to work towards a single mission,” she said. “There have always been men of all background and ethnicities on my father’s job sites.”

Women’s Rights

She also said her father has been a champion for women’s equality for quite some time now.

“At my father’s company, there are more female than male executives. Women are paid equally for the work that we do and when a woman becomes a mother, she is supported, not shut out,” she said as people at the convention cheered.

Ivanka then went on to talk about the gender wage gap and motherhood.

“As researchers have noted, gender is no longer the factor creating the greatest wage discrepancy in this country, motherhood is,” she said.

Ivanka said her father will change labor laws that were implemented when women were not a significant part of the workforce. She also said he will focus on making quality child care affordable and accessible for all.

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 21:  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump walks on stage after his daughter, Ivanka Trump, introduced him during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump walks on stage after his daughter, Ivanka Trump, introduced him during the evening session on the final day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016, at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Ivanka, who has three children, then pointed out that like many women in America, she is also a working mom.

“I know how hard it is to work while raising a family. And I also know that I’m far more fortunate than most. American families need relief. Policies that allow women with children to thrive should not be novelties, they should be the norm. Politicians talk about wage equality, but my father has made it a practice at his company throughout his entire career,” she said.

However, the presidential nominee has failed to win women over after a series of high-profile gaffes. His image among U.S. women is strongly negative, with 70 percent of women holding an unfavorable opinion, an April Gallup poll shows.

Student Debt

Ivanka Trump again tried to reach out to millennials by talking about student debt, aguing that her father “can’t bear the injustice of college graduates who are crippled by student debt.”

“Other politicians see these hardships, see the unfairness of it all, and they say I feel for you. Only my father will say, ‘I’ll fight for you,'” she said.

She ended her speech by comparing her father to hard-working Americans.

“He is tough and he is persevering. He is honest and he is real. He’s an optimist and he’s a relentless believer in America and all of her potential. He loves his family and he loves his country with his heart and his soul,” she said.

Ivanka then introduced her father, who formally accepted the Republican nomination. He followed her remarks with a 75-minute speech in which he told “forgotten” Americans “I am your voice.”