FRANKLIN – With early in-person absentee voting starting and the Nov. 3 election just two weeks away, Ivanka Trump swooped into Wisconsin Tuesday to laud her father’s policies and rally the Republican base.
Speaking to about 80 supporters at the Polish Center of Wisconsin, she sought to make the case for President Donald Trump’s re-election in a state that produced his pathway to the White House four years ago.
From cutting taxes and slashing regulations to recent Middle East peace deals, she said the Trump administration was putting together a successful first term.
And she defended the Trump administration’s policies fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
“The Republican Party under President Trump is the party of safe reopening and we have to reopen,” she said. “And we have to reopen.”
During a conversation with Trump campaign adviser Mercedes Schlapp, Trump fielded questions on a range of topics, from her father’s second-term priorities to her favorite ice cream — for the record chocolate chip cookie dough.
“It’s a bit of a love story, this politics thing,” she said about her family’s entry into the political world.
“At the end of the day we do it for the same reason he does it, we love this country, we love the people of this country” she said.
She said her father is “very unafraid and has more conviction than anybody I’ve ever met” and that he has been able to enact policies to help people.
“He knows what he has accomplished and he knows what’s left to do,” she said. “That’s why he’s excited.”
She touted the Farmers to Families Food Box initiative, a United States Department of Agriculture Program to use farm surplus to feed the hungry. Trump said the program embodies her father’s approach to the pandemic “with common sense, fast action.”
She said the administration has worked quickly on therapeutics to combat COVID-19 while also “streamlining a highly bureaucratic process to deliver on a vaccine.”
And she praised the passage of “a $4 trillion relief package to make sure that our small businesses are going to stay in operation.”
Among the second-term goals of the Trump administration, she said, is bringing back 10 million jobs during the next 10 months.
“There is so much that he wants to do and he’s deeply passionate about delivering that,” she said. “We’re all really excited for those policies to really take root.”
Earlier, she toured nearby Kinetic Co., a third-generation family-owned manufacturing firm that produces cutting materials and blades.
“American steel,” she said as company president Cash Masters showed off some of the firm’s goods.