I’m pretty close with both of my parents and I love them dearly. However, if I thought either of them had done something that, oh, I don’t know, disrespected roughly half the world’s population, I might feel compelled to acknowledge our differences. I mean, I’d do so lovingly since I’m not a total monster, but I’d definitely say something. In fact, there are countless things you should say to your parents when you disagree, especially in this current political state where we all have a family member with a seemingly bonkers viewpoint. (Note to my mom and dad: I'm not talking about you guys. I'm just saying, in general).
I’ve actually been thinking about potential disagreements with my parents a lot lately, and ever since Ivanka Trump made recent headlines for standing by her father, President Donald Trump, when asked about his questionable history with women. This time, it was on stage at the W20 Summit in Berlin, where she said Donald Trump, “has been a tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive.” While Ivanka is more than entitled to her opinion, after examining her father's first 100 days in office, it's difficult to agree. For example, according to The HuffPost, Trump has proposed cutting programs that help victims of domestic violence. His current proposed tax plan will give "the richest 1 percent of Americans after-tax income increases of 14 percent, while low- and middle-class income holders will only see incomes gains ranging from a paltry 1.2 to 1.8 percent after taxes," according to USA Today.
To be fair, I suppose there’s a chance Ivanka Trump actually believes that her father truly is "a champion of supporting families," since she’s also stated publicly, according to The Washington Post, that she makes it clear to her father when she disagrees with him, and she has denounced some of his other actions in the past. However, judging by the jeers she received as a response to her statement, the audience in Berlin wasn’t buying it.
What’s interesting to me is that there’s been more than one reaction to Ivanka's Berlin statements, essentially giving Ivanka a pass on this issue since we are, as a society and global community, talking about her dad. I don’t agree with the idea that offspring are exempt from exercising moral judgment toward our parents, nor do I think it’s OK to pretend like someone is a wonderful advocate for a particular population when history proves otherwise. You can love someone and recognize their faults, and you can be honest when people ask you about it. So with that in mind (and in case Ivanka is reading) here are just a few things you can say to your parents (or to other people while talking about your parents) if you find that you don't agree with them: