Quick Takes

* I have to admit that I know absolutely nothing about Ivanka Trump other than that she is Donald’s daughter. There are a lot of things she could say about her Dad that might be at least partially believable. This is certainly not one of them.

“He has elevated — he has created a dialogue around issues, which really is a powerful thing,” she said.

* Speaking of not elevating the dialogue, CNN flags this bit from Donald Trump’s book The Art of the Comeback.

The thing about women, Donald J. Trump once wrote, is that they “have one of the great acts of all time.”

“The smart ones act very feminine and needy, but inside they are real killers,” he continued. “The person who came up with the expression ‘the weaker sex’ was either very naive or had to be kidding. I have seen women manipulate men with just a twitch of their eye — or perhaps another body part.”

No Donald. The “smart ones” tell you to shut up and have a seat.

* Let’s get some clarity about what the White House told schools today.

The Obama administration issued guidance to schools Friday, saying they must allow transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity.

The administration acknowledges this is “new terrain” for some people and says it wants to help school districts avoid running afoul of civil rights laws…

Under federal law, Title IX, schools that receive federal funding are not allowed to discriminate against students on the basis of sex. The guidance sent out to school districts on Friday makes it clear that as far as the departments of Justice and Education are concerned, that word “sex” includes gender identity.

That’s not a new position for the federal government; officials have said that before. But the message was amplified this week by the North Carolina controversy.

* Greg Sargent got an email from Hillary Clinton’s spokesperson, Xochitl Hinojosa, articulating her unqualified support.

Hillary Clinton applauds the Obama administration for taking actions this week to stand up for the rights of LGBT people — and particularly for the rights of transgender people — across the country. As president, she will fight to make sure all Americans can live their lives free from discrimination.

* My last take on this issue today is to share my favorite tweet about it so far.

If you listen to Republicans, you’d think that this is only about transgendered women using bathrooms. I guess transgendered men aren’t seen as a problem (or perhaps they’re not “seen” at all).

* Finally, today is Stevie Wonder’s 66th birthday. Its impossible to identify my favorite song of his. But this one encompasses all the things I love about both him and his music.

Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly.