Pool/Getty Images News/Getty Images

Ivanka Trump Said It's "Inappropriate" To Ask Her About Her Father's Alleged Sexual Misconduct & Twitter Fired Back

Ad failed to load

Ivanka Trump set off an internet firestorm on Monday, when a reporter asked her about the claims of sexual misconduct against President Donald Trump during an NBC interview in South Korea. In her response, Ivanka Trump said it's "inappropriate" to ask her about her father's alleged wrongdoing. Still, she answered the question, affirming that she believes her father rather than the women who have accused him. Needless to say, people were not pleased, and quickly pointed out numerous issues with her response. The White House did not immediately respond to Romper's request for comment.

Ivanka, who is a senior White House adviser, was in South Korea as a representative, at least according to a tweet from President Trump on Friday which read, "We cannot have a better, or smarter, person representing our country." Yet when an NBC reporter asked her, during a televised interview, if she believed her father's accusers, Ivanka replied, with a tight smile overlaying her clear agitation, "I think it's a pretty inappropriate question to ask a daughter if she believes the accusers of her father when he has affirmatively stated that there's no truth to it." Then, she went on to say, "I believe my father. I know my father. So I think I have that right as a daughter, to believe my father."

Immediately, many Twitter users raised the point that it seemed disingenuous for Ivanka to hide behind the shield of "daughter," when she's also a senior adviser to the president.

Ad failed to load
Ad failed to load

Meanwhile, others pointed out that Ivanka's comments can be viewed as problematic because she has positioned herself as this administration's champion of women's rights. She advocated for closing the wage gap (although she then backed her father's elimination of an Obama-era rule meant to support equal pay). She tweeted her support of Time's Up after Oprah's powerhouse speech at the Golden Globes about ending sexual harassment, and spoke out against Alabama Republican Roy Moore after multiple women accused him of misconduct when he was running for the Senate, as The New York Times reported.

But, according to this new interview, she seems willing to overlook the claims of 21 women who have accused President Trump of alleged sexual misconduct (ranging from unwanted groping and kissing to inappropriate comments) according to HuffPost, not to mention her own father's infamous, caught-on-tape admission that he grabbed women by the... well, you know, as Slate reported. Romper's request for comment from the White House regarding the allegations was not immediately returned.

Ad failed to load
Ad failed to load

Even Dictionary.com got in a beautiful bit of shade:

It seems that Ivanka wants to be a high-ranking adviser when the power suits her, and merely a daughter when things get too real. She says to be an advocate for women when it means making grand proclamations about equal pay and promoting her book, Women Who Work, but not when it involves taking a good long look at the ways in which misogyny informs her own father's alleged behavior.

Ad failed to load

Of course, it is difficult to grapple with the alleged bad behavior of loved ones. You could truly care about believing women, and still choose to make an exception for your own father. In the NBC interview, Ivanka told the reporter, "I don't think that's a question you would ask many other daughters." But Ivanka isn't like most other daughters, and she made that decision for herself. If she had chosen to support her father while continuing her life as a socialite and businesswoman in New York, perhaps it would be inappropriate to question her about her father's alleged sexual misconduct. But she chose to take on a senior role in the White House and take on a platform focused on women's empowerment.

Given her position in the White House, it seems more than appropriate to ask Ivanka about these issues.

Ad failed to load
Must Reads

These Millennial Parents Are Taking Gender-Neutral Parenting To An Entirely New Level

A woman on the subway looks at my bulbous shape and asks, “What are you having?” I take a deep breath and throw a glance to my 5-year-old. “I’m having a baby,” I say to the woman. “No, no” the woman says laughing as she pushes further. “Are you havin…
By Madison Young

I’m Registered At Babies “R” Us, & I'm Freaking The Hell Out

Hi. My name is Abi, and I’m registered at Babies “R” Us — and I’m freaking out. This may sound silly, but after being a die-hard Toys “R” Us kid, I was so excited to register at their baby store once my husband and I finally got our big fat positive …
By Abi Berwager Schreier

My Daughter Is Obsessed With Being "Pretty" & I'm Way Past Terrified

Last week, when I picked up my daughter after school, she immediately wanted to know if I liked her hair. "Is it pretty?" she asked. Her hair was pulled up into two ponytails that were intertwined into thick, long braids. A shimmering pink and purple…
By Dina Leygerman

7 Things No One Tells You About Having A Baby In Your 20s, But I Will

I was 24 when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter. The pregnancy was a surprise, since I was on birth control (side note: antibiotics and birth control don't mix), but my partner and I decided to continue with the pregnancy and committed to m…
By Candace Ganger

Women Who Miscarry Early Deserve To Grieve — Here's How Hospitals Should Be Helping

When I lost my baby back in 2013, it was because of a very early miscarriage. Because of the little amount of time I spent being pregnant, it was though my child had never really existed, which made the next few years hard — I felt like they had been…
By Risa Kerslake

7 Things I Wish My Partner Had Said To Me In The First Hour After Giving Birth

I don't know if it was the buzz of the surrounding machines, the non-existent cry of our son as the doctors tried to resuscitate him, or the fact that I'd already been through labor and delivery once before, but I knew something was missing after I h…
By Candace Ganger

Moms’ Groups Weren’t For Me, Sorry

I go to my moms’ club everyday of the week, but not usually on weekends. My moms' group is a place I can always count on finding fellow mothers who understand the daily struggles and triumphs of parenthood and of juggling life’s responsibilities. Dep…
By Samantha Taylor

Millennial Women Are Getting Married Later Than Gen X, & The Reasons Why Are Pretty Badass

The battle of the generations seems to come up when it comes to every lifestyle or career choice people make. Women, especially, are an important demographic when it comes to analysts looking at the lifestyle choices we make or the expected milestone…
By Josie Rhodes Cook

I've Had 3 Miscarriages But *Please* Keep Telling Me About Your Pregnancy

I can feel the tension the moment my friend announces her pregnancy. I can hear the forced nonchalant attitude she's willing herself to exude as she fishes for the ultrasound. I know why I was the last to learn that she was expecting; why she keeps l…
By Danielle Campoamor

7 Early Signs You're Going To Need An Epidural, According To Experts

Even if you've constructed an elaborate birth plan, it's impossible to control every aspect of labor and delivery. Complications can occur, proactive measures might be necessary, and your mind is subject to change when those damn contractions really …
By Candace Ganger

I'm Pregnant & I Refuse To Read Any Parenting Books

I didn't read any parenting books when I was expecting my daughter, and I refuse to read any parenting books as I await my second child now. I'm the first to admit that I don't really know what I'm doing when it comes to raising my daughter. A good d…
By Marie Southard Ospina

7 Reasons Why March Babies Are Total Badasses

From the moment you become pregnant, you begin to wonder what your little one will be like. Will they look like you, your partner, or your Great Aunt Edna? Will they be the quiet, thoughtful type or arrive on this planet raring to go? It's fun to ima…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

12 Overnight Face Masks To Use To Wake Up Feeling Pampered AF

Spring is right around the corner, and as far as I'm concerned, the sunshine and warm breezes can't come soon enough. But now that we're about to say goodbye to winter, it's a good time to take stock of your facial skincare routine. You know, in the …
By Katie Malczyk

11 Essential Products To Pack In Your Hospital Bag, According To OB-GYNs

The minute you go into labor (or think you're going into labor), chaos ensues. You and your partner are likely to get a little frantic, just like in the movies, so you most definitely want to have a hospital bag packed before the day comes. This prec…
By Abi Berwager Schreier

7 Photos You *Must* Take In The First 6 Months Of Motherhood

In my experience, becoming a mom is like becoming an amateur photographer. There's just something about the need to capture every single coo and sorta-smile that leaves you obsessed with all things photography. I know I couldn't stop taking selfies w…
By Candace Ganger

Here's How Early An Ultrasound Can Actually Determine Your Baby's Sex

From the moment you see those two lines on a pregnancy test, there are a few markers along the way that stand out as especially exciting. Amongst them are hearing your baby's heartbeat and feeling that first, sweet little kick. And if you are finding…
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

9 Easy Kid Foods To Turn Green, Just In Time For St. Patrick's Day

The best part about having kids is that you get your own personal crew to celebrate the holidays with, in all your color coordinating and matching glory. And with St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, you are obviously working on turning everyth…
By Mishal Ali Zafar

Here Are Some Conditions That Might Require You To Be On Bed Rest During Pregnancy

When I worked in an office, I worked with quite a few pregnant ladies all at the same time. Something must have been in the water, because while I was there for three years, two of my coworkers got pregnant twice, and another girl was pregnant with h…
By Abi Berwager Schreier

I Didn't Follow The Pregnancy Diet Rules & My Daughter Turned Out Just Fine

My diet is an ever-changing and wholly personal thing, which is precisely why I refused to follow any pregnancy diet rules when I was expecting my daughter. For years, I've essentially practiced intuitive eating, in that I listen to my body and eat w…
By Marie Southard Ospina

5 Foods You & Your Partner Should Eat If You're Trying To Get Pregnant

When you're trying to conceive (TTC) and it's just not happening, it's easy to feel like you're doing something wrong. It can be soul-crushing to keep seeing negatives when all you really want to do is wave a positive pregnancy test in the air. So wh…
By Kate Miller