- A woman whose father served three decades in prison for gender based indecent assault has spoken out on social media in response to Ivanka Trump taking offence at a reporter asking her what she thinks of her father’s behaviour towards women
- Ashley C Ford quoted to a retweet of an exchange between Trump’s daughter and a broadcaster where Trump said the question of whether she believes her father was inappropriate
- In the thread following her retweet, Ford explained that loving a parent doesn’t, in her opinion mean offering a blind defence to his crimes
Whether women should be held accountable for the sins or indiscretions of their fathers is a circular discussion that has been ongoing for years and will probably never stop being debated as long as men continue to treat women as posessions.
Ivaka Trump visibly squirms on her seat as Peter Alexander, presenter of a local American TV show asks her a tough question about the multiple allegations made by women against her father, President of the USA, Donald Trump.
“Do you believe your father’s accusers?” asked Alexander.
Briefly.co.za sees that Ivanka then refused to answer the questions. Choosing to rather react to the question as if it were a personal attack. “I think it’s a pretty inappropriate question to ask a daughter if she believes the accusers of her father when he’s affirmatively stated there’s no truth to it,” she said on the television interview.
Ashley C. Ford took to Twitter to share her story about her father and how being a daughter who loves her father doesn't mean she has to defend or ignore anything he might have done in the past.
She then turns the story around back to the tweet she is reacting to and says Ivanka's response is wholly unacceptable given the sheer volume of accusations her father faces.
"This man has been accused by 19 women. NINETEEN WOMEN. Who have nothing to gain from this EXCEPT being ridiculed by people who just don't want to believe them, with a sliver of a chance they'll ever even see justice," she tweets. "As long as we continue to believe we can "just know he wouldn't do that", this will keep happening. I know it makes you feel safer to think you can "just know", but you can't, and you're not safer. The more people who think this way, the less safe we ALL are."
However, she isn't completely without compassion for family members of people who are being accused acknowledging that it is entirely normal not to want to believe the worst of someone they love.
She then added a final point in her argument against how Ivanka dismissed the questions saying it is essentially her job as a White House advisor to have been ready to answer the completely anticipated question.
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