On Thursday night at the GOP convention, Ivanka Trump gave a rousing speech in which she talked about the need for equal pay and affordable child care. I could not agree more. But that's about the extent of our agreement.
Ivanka went on to claim that her father, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, would be a champion for working women, making sure that women will be paid equally to men, and that he will "focus on making quality child care affordable and accessible for all." Unfortunately, it seems that Ivanka is not familiar with her father's own record on these issues, so let me shed some light on a few relevant facts:
- When asked by a "Make It Work" activist about his position on affordable child care at a campaign event in Iowa, Trump gave a pathetic response dripping with condescension. In short, he said that he didn't have time to discuss the issue.
- When asked about child care by someone else at a different campaign event, he reduced the matter to providing a swing and a few blocks for employees. Besides demonstrating the fact that he has clearly never cared for a small child, he misses the point entirely about the need for high quality care, as well as the importance of affordability and paying caregivers a living wage.
While he fails to take this issue seriously, child-care costs continue to rise to what is now more than what the average family spends on rent or food, according to a ChildCare Aware study. So, forgive me Ivanka, but I have strong reason to believe that your father will not be making sure that families have quality, affordable child care anytime soon. And I suggest you base your assertions on his record next time.