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Ivanka Trump plays her trump card

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Published Jul 23, 2016, 4:08 am IST
Updated Jul 23, 2016, 4:08 am IST
Some Republicans said they saw the U.S. president they longed for in Trump’s daughter.
Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, and Republican Vice Presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana with their families at the conclusion of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. (Photo: AFP)
 Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, and Republican Vice Presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana with their families at the conclusion of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. (Photo: AFP)

Cleveland: Ivanka Trump took center stage at the Republican National Convention on Friday as she introduced her father as the “people’s champion” to a delirious Republican crowd in Cleveland.

“For more than a year Donald Trump has been the people’s champion and tonight he is the people’s nominee,” Ivanka, 34, told the cheering crowd.

 

“He is colourblind and gender neutral. He hires the best person for the job,” she said, seemingly in defiance to the accusations of his long history of mistreating women.

She stepped out as a potent surrogate for her father promising he would be a compassionate leader who would fight for women’s rights and affordable childcare. She regaled the crowd with childhood stories  softening the sometimes hard-edged image of her her billionaire businessman father

At times, her speech was drowned out by the cheering crowds in the arena of the Republican National Convention. Social media crowned a new political star. Some Republicans said they were seeing the U.S. president they longed for. It was Ivanka’s night.

 

On Google, there were more searches for Ivanka Trump than for her father. The 34-year old businesswoman and former model talked about her father’s yearning to improve America, childcare, equal pay for women and other issues close to her heart, with a poise some found befitting of the White House.

“Okay, why isn't @IvankaTrump running for President?” television actor Anson Mount said in a Twitter post.

“One of the best speeches — if not the best speech — tonight,” said Chris Herrod, a 50-year-old delegate from Utah who had worked for Trump’s vanquished rival Ted Cruz, the U.S. senator from Texas.

 

One of Trump’s five children, Ivanka was chosen to introduce her father, who then officially accepted the Republican Party’s presidential nomination. Since Trump announced his intention to run for the White House last year, she has been steadily drawn into her father’s presidential campaign. On Friday she was one of the top trending topics on Twitter with about 121 tweets mentioning her posted every minute.

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