After Trump supporters staged an insurrection at the Capitol, Javanka’s remaining social capital—and the fear that accompanied it—has dried up. Says one former friend of Ivanka’s: “How do you associate yourself with the worst, most toxic people in U.S. history?”
Before the violent mob ascended the U.S. Capitol steps and stormed the building, the Trump family gathered in a white tent, standing around stacked monitors streaming footage of the crowd outside waiting to be whipped into a frenzy. The Trumps would follow through in short order, telling the throng that the election had been stolen and that lawmakers who didn’t support their quest to invalidate legitimately cast votes would pay. But first Donald Trump Jr. livestreamed the family, in high spirits, huddled together, watching the masses rage. At the center of the group, inches away from those monitors, was President Donald Trump. And glued to his side was Ivanka Trump, wearing a long black trench coat that matched her father’s.
Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, have spent the past five years performing a mincing dance around reality, spinning their own parallel universe instead. When it suited them, they were the loudest, most trusted voices in President Trump’s ear, with outsize presences and responsibilities. When it was less advantageous, they shrunk out of sight. As for their influence, well, there was only so much they could do, they’d say. Dad would ultimately be dad.