* Anyone who missed the dissonance between the candidate Ivanka Trump described last night and the one who followed her at the podium wasn’t paying enough attention. Phillip Bump asks the right question: “Who, exactly, was Ivanka Trump endorsing?”
She delineated some policy proposals:
– “As President, my father will change the labor laws that were put into place at a time when women were not a significant portion of the workforce. And he will focus on making quality childcare affordable and accessible for all.”
– “Politicians talk about wage equality, but my father has made it a practice at his company throughout his entire career. He will fight for equal pay for equal work, and I will fight for this too, right along side of him.”
Sounds good. The only catch is that Donald Trump himself has never outlined those proposals, even roughly. The candidate that has is Hillary Clinton.
* Rebecca Traister also thought that Ivanka endorsed the wrong candidate.
If Ivanka Trump is looking to be part of a two-for-one presidential team that brings our labor, economic, and social policies up to speed regarding women’s participation in the workforce, she should really get on the phone with Hillary Clinton…
Ivanka certainly shouldn’t cast a vote for her father, a man who has not only shown zero interest in addressing any of the workplace inequities his daughter laid out, but whose campaign rests partly on the premise of returning America to the earlier era Ivanka described, in which women were treated as dependents, not as economic actors or as professionals or as equals in any realm.
In fact, just hours before Trump’s daughter took the stage, his campaign manager, Paul Manafort, had given an interview in which he described Trump’s appeal to women lies with fact that “there are many women in this country who feel they can’t afford their lives; their husbands can’t afford to be paying for the family bills.”
This is the Trump’s campaign vision of women — they are wives whose economic concerns extend only to their husband’s earning power.
* Just in case you thought that Trump had gotten over Cruz’s performance the other night…
This tweet sums it up pretty well:
* Beyond all the convention drama, Ryan Lizza provides a good summary of things we learned about Trump this week.
Week in review: Trump makes GOP platform more pro-Putin, attacks NATO, benefits from massive Russian hack of Democratic Party.
— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) July 22, 2016
* As Republicans in Cleveland were cheering Brexit, the people of Britain got some pretty bad news.
The Bank of England and the Treasury are under increasing pressure to prevent Britain from sliding into recession after a wide-ranging health check of the economy completed since the referendum showed the sharpest downturn in activity since the peak of the financial crisis seven years ago,
Service industries ranging from banks to restaurants, hedge funds, bars, gyms and hairdressers were all affected by what was described as as a “dramatic deterioration” in business confidence that suggests the economy is on course to shrink by 0.4% in the third quarter unless conditions improve…
Philip Hammond, the new chancellor, admitted that confidence had been dented by the surprise of Brexit vote and dropped a broad hint that he was contemplating spending increases and tax cuts for his autumn statement.
* Finally, if you haven’t watched John Stewart’s return to the stage last night, you’re going to want to take a few minutes to do so. He doesn’t just nail it, he provides the perfect mixture of truth and comic relief. It is just the balm we need after the nonsense we’ve been subjected to all week.