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Ivanka Trump Steps Up For Dad After His ‘Painful’ Conviction

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Ivanka Trump has publicly sworn off politics and has said she wants no part of Washington, D.C., or the White House should her father, former President Donald Trump, win again in November. But that doesn’t mean she isn’t prepared to help him, especially following his “painful” hush money conviction.

In 2016, Ivanka was a prominent part of her father’s first campaign and in 2020, she introduced him at the Republican National Convention, which was during the height of the COVID pandemic and was held without attendance. Now, despite swearing off politics to focus on her young children, the New York Post reports she’ll be in Milwaukee to watch his acceptance speech after he’s formally nominated as the GOP candidate.

“The RNC will run from July 15-18 at the Fiserv Forum, and Trump sources stressed that Ivanka will not serve in any political capacity at the event, as a delegate, fundraiser or otherwise,” The Post noted, adding that she told  podcaster Lex Fridman recently that politics is a “rough, rough business” and a “pretty dark world.”

Also during the interview, Ivanka spoke about her father’s conviction earlier this year in Manhattan on 34 felony counts of falsifying business records to hide a hush money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 election.

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“On a human level, it’s my father, and I love him very much, so it’s painful to experience, but ultimately, I wish it didn’t have to be this way,” Ivanka, 42, said on Tuesday. Previously, she posted a throwback photo of her and her dad after his conviction, with the message, “I love you dad.”

While both Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, served in the White House during Trump’s presidency—she as a senior advisor in the administration—she told Fridman that she had to prioritize the safety of her children, Arabella (12), Joseph (9), and Theodore (7). She and her family moved to Miami after leaving D.C. following the former president’s 2020 loss to Joe Biden, where she vowed never again to “dabble” in the political world.

“I think first and foremost, it was a decision rooted in me being a parent, really thinking about what they need from me now,” she told Fridman. “Politics is a rough, rough business and I think it’s one that you also can’t dabble in. I think you have to either be all in or all out.”

“And I know today, the cost [my children] would pay for me being all in, emotionally in terms of my absence at such a formative point in their life. And I’m not willing to make them bear that cost,” she said, adding: “I think there are a lot of ways you can serve.”

The judge who presided over former Donald Trump’s so-called “hush money” conviction agreed to delay his sentencing for months following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Monday granting him immunity for official acts while in office.

Justice Juan Merchan has postponed sentencing until Sept. 18 and, in the meantime, will weigh the high court’s decision, though he ultimately may determine that it has no bearing on Trump’s conviction on 34 felony counts, charges that were brought by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg after he and his predecessor, Cyrus Vance Jr., initially determined that no charges were warranted in his payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels.

Trump “was initially scheduled to be sentenced on July 11, just days before he is to be formally nominated for president at the Republican National Convention. He faces up to four years in prison, though he could receive as little as a few weeks in jail, or probation,” The New York Times reported.

“On Monday, the planned sentencing hit a snag when the Supreme Court granted Mr. Trump broad immunity from prosecution for official actions taken as president. The landmark ruling, which was decided 6-3 along partisan lines, dealt a major blow to Mr. Trump’s federal criminal case in Washington, where he is accused of plotting to overturn his 2020 election loss,” The Times noted further.

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