Ivanka Trump asked her father twice to ‘please stop this violence’ on Jan. 6th

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We’re coming up on the one-year anniversary of the January 6th insurrection, where armed terrorists stormed the Capitol, assaulted Capitol police, tried to kidnap and hang members of Congress, smeared feces on the walls and tried to overthrow the democratically elected government. I honestly don’t believe that most Americans have fully “moved on” from what happened, and whenever I reflect back on that day, I just feel like… there really is no coming back from it. We now know that a significant portion of Americans thought those terrorist acts were totally fine.

I remember those hours where it felt like there was no leadership, and no one knew what the hell was going on or what was being done. We had reports on the day that Donald Trump was sitting in the White House, watching everything unfold. During the investigation into the insurrection over the past year, we’ve also learned that Trump was on the phone with various people, including members of Congress, all of whom begged him to call his people off. In recent days, the January 6 Committee has also learned that both Don Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump were trying to get through to their father that he needed to tell his people (his terrorists) to stand down.

Last month, we got a fun real-world example of the adage “even a stopped clock is right twice a day” when the January 6 committee revealed that Donald Trump Jr. had texted White House chief of staff Mark Meadows about his father and the Capitol attack: “He’s got to condemn this sh-t ASAP. The Capitol police tweet is not enough” and “We need an Oval Office address. He has to lead now. It has gone too far and gotten out of hand.”

Then on Sunday, Liz Cheney, the select committee’s vice chair, noted in an interview that investigators have critical testimony further proving Donald Trump knew about the bloody insurrection but nevertheless did nothing to stop it, and it involves yet another one of his offspring. Speaking to ABC News, Cheney said that the panel has “firsthand testimony” that during the attack, Ivanka Trump at least twice asked her father to intervene to stop the scene unfolding at the Capitol. “We know his daughter—we have firsthand testimony that his daughter Ivanka went in at least twice to ask him to ‘please stop this violence,’” Cheney said.

As CNN notes, I Alone Can Fix It, by Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker, and Peril, by journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, include anecdotes in which Ivanka spoke to her dad on the day of January 6, telling him, according to Peril, “Let this thing go” and “Let it go.” On Sunday committee chairman Bennie Thompson told CNN’s Dana Bash, “We have significant testimony that leads us to believe that the White House had been told to do something. We want to verify all of it so that when we produce our report and when we have the hearings, the public will have an opportunity to see for themselves.” He added, “It’s highly unusual for anyone in charge of anything to watch what’s going on and do nothing.”

As for whether or not Ivanka can expect a subpoena from the select committee, that’s unclear, though as The Post noted over the summer, both she and Jared Kushner presumably have loads of “useful information” they could share.

In her interview, Cheney reiterated that not only is it abundantly clear that Trump acted—or more to the point, didn’t act—totally outrageously on that day last January, but that anyone who thinks this guy should be given another shot at the White House is out of their mind. “Any man who would not do so, any man who would provoke a violent assault on the Capitol to stop the counting of electoral votes, any man who would watch television as police officers were being beaten, as his supporters were invading the Capitol of the United States, is clearly unfit for future office,” Cheney said. “Clearly can never be anywhere near the Oval Office ever again.”

[From Vanity Fair]

While I think it’s interesting that there are records and testimony of both Ivanka and Don Jr. trying (and failing) to get their dad to call off his people, I also think the focus of human-warnings misses the whole point? The point is that Donald Trump knew exactly what he unleashed. He knew exactly what kind of violent, sociopathic Nazis were part of his base. He actively incited them to attack the Capitol. He was actively trying to orchestrate the murders of his vice president, the Speaker of the House and members of Congress. This wasn’t a case of “Trump didn’t know what was going on until his kids warned him.” This was a case of a mad man watching his terrorist followers do exactly what he wanted them to do.

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  1. Izzy says:

    “Ivanka spoke to her dad on the day of January 6, telling him, according to Peril, “Let this thing go” and “Let it go.””
    Which the Mango Mussolini heard as “let it continue”, and no one corrected his assumption.

  2. Concern Fae says:

    This whole Ivanka was the voice of reason schtick has got to end. She was deep into all of this and abetting it all. Unless she was calling CNN to let them know what was going on, she was helping her father, not the country.

    If she and her brothers had been prosecuted for the real estate fraud they committed and the Manhattan DA’s office had proof of, this country would not be in the mess it is currently in. We locked up Ghislaine, now do Ivanka. And her brothers. Dad too, although I’m less hopeful of that.

    • mellie says:

      That’s what I came here to say. Both of those goons were in it from the get-go, perhaps they had a moment of panic/guilty when things appeared to be getting out of control and said that, but there is no way they were firm about it. They are both guilty AF, let’s not make them out to be something they aren’t….such as human.

    • Lightpurple says:

      At 3:15 that afternoon, Nagini was still tweeting encouragement to “the Patriots” attacking the Capitol. She actually started arguing on Twitter with people who called her out on it before deleting the whole mess around 3:30. If she went to Daddy and asked him to call it off, it was late in the afternoon, long after it was known Pence, Pelosi, and others had escaped and their coup attempt had failed.

    • Giddy says:

      Not only was she up to her bleached roots in the evil emanating from the White House, she actually thought that she could run for President. It was reported that she and Jared both thought they deserved a shot at the Presidency. Hopefully they will be kept too busy with their legal problems to ever make such an attempt.

  3. Coco Bean says:

    Ugh, I don’t miss reading about these awful people on the daily anymore. I hope Trump finally gets his due for the Insurrection. A year later I’m still in disbelief it actually happened, what a surreal moment watching people trying to kill the VP, Pelosi, etc. I personally don’t believe in h’ell but if there is one. I hope Trump burns for the death, violence, and instability he caused our country to live through. What an evil man.

  4. badrockandroll says:

    Poor little Ivanka has been ignored by better people than her father in the past: https://www.esquireme.com/news/36149-ivanka-trump-just-got-ignored-by-worlds-most-powerful-people

  5. Willow says:

    Trump followers and the Republican Party are lemmings running off a cliff. I am seriously afraid they will drag the rest of us over with them.

  6. Chaine says:

    Yuck, I don’t miss seeing her creepy plastic face ogling her dad. I wish they were all in prison, but they are monied white people, so at the end of the day they’ll probably skate and continue living lives of gross luxury grifting the adoring mob.

  7. Lizzie Bathory says:

    I think Don Jr. was deeply involved in the planning of January 6; I think Ivanka was not, though I’m sure she was aware. She & her brother have never been on the same page & I’ve always thought Ivanka has a survival instinct Don Jr. clearly lacks. I really think she & Jared wired up quickly once they saw things going south. And if things deteriorate between those two, my money is on Jared to skate. Ivanka would probably fare better in prison anyway, though I suppose Jared’s dad could give him some tips.

    I’m slightly curious about Eric & Lara, too.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Ivanka is her father through and through – she will def throw Jared under the bus to protect herself. She has had a taste of the power that comes with politics and I think she will divorce Jared and marry a republican senator. If she can’t be President herself she will settle for First Lady.

  8. girl_ninja says:

    I dislike all of his progeny but Ivanka makes my stomach turn. She is a fraud, a thieving grifter with basically a Ms. Potato face since it’s been rearranged so damn much. I find her detestable.

    Also, I haven’t purchased a Goya product since they backed Trump and I won’t ever give them my money. The photo of her holding that can reminded me of them.

  9. Jezzebeelzebub says:

    That rat shit Trump will never face any consequences for anything, and for the most part neither will anyone who kneels at his feet. For years I was under the extremely misguided notion that people are pretty much mostly ok as far as being basically not-fucking-awful, hateful, malignant shitbags. Lo and behold, I have been educated to the contrary- at least in regard to my countrymen. I live in the American South and obviously I know its backwards here, that people kind of celebrate stupidity, there’s racism and misogyny sort of woven in to the fabric of existence, and then of course there’s that special fundie vibe that’s so off-putting. But I really thought attitudes toward women, people of color, LGBTQ, and just people who in general are/think/live in a way that’s not rigidly in line with the status quo were getting better, more inclusive, more compassionate. Then Trump happened and suddenly malignant narcissism, hate, and violence toward anyone who isn’t white and Christian (and male) is not only acceptable, it’s encouraged! And way too many people were like HUZZAH, HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN!

    That’s gross. It’s heartbreaking. I didn’t know I could be this cynical.

    • AMA1977 says:

      Agree, I live in Texas and we moved from the center of a large city to a suburban neighborhood midway through the Dumpster Fire presidency. I am constantly astonished by the inner monologues of people who present themselves as normal, rational, kind people. They tell on themselves constantly. It’s disgusting, disheartening, and exhausting. The sheer numbers of people who have blind allegiance to this fat f^ck and his terrible ethos is just overwhelming. Especially when you consider that he wouldn’t spit on any of them if they were on fire. This is what happens when you let a willfully stupid malignant narcissist have unlimited power, and people with no critical thinking skills (or thinking skills, period) get in line behind him. I hope he goes down too, but I’m not optimistic.