Tiffany Trump, cat mom, was at the U.N. General Assembly this morning. She watched her dad give a big speech, alongside her half sister, Ivanka, Ivanka’s husband, Jared Kushner, as well as the brothers Trump and their significant others (her boyfriend, Michael Boulos, sat behind her). It was as if the Trump children were assembled as a show of support for their father as he faces another round of impeachment rumblings and just yesterday, was eviscerated by a single glare of 16-year-old girl. Please respect him and his family at this time.Tiffany and the rest were there for the entirety of his speech. He said so much stuff! He talked about globalization and patriotism and one being good and the other being very bad, can’t remember which is which though. He talked about standing “in solidarity with LGBTQ people” and “championing the role of women” because “Nations that empower women are much wealthier, safer.“ Put that on an inspirational quote tab and post it, I guess.
Tiffany’s appearance was a little surprising; the young Trump has managed to stay out of the limelight for the most part. It’s not necessarily a feat. The quieter track just contrasts so deeply with her three older half siblings’ strategies that it appears extraordinary. She’s been busy in law school at Georgetown for much of her dad’s presidency, and when she does get covered, it tends to be for traveling with her boyfriend and hanging out with the so-called Snap Pack, her group of friends in New York.
Mostly, though, she just hasn’t tried to sell anything yet—to capitalize on her controversial name with either business ventures or political ventures or both. Her lack of salesmanship shields her from scrutiny, if only because nobody knows what to do with a Trump that’s not selling something. Sometimes, her name is in the headlines by virtue of stuff her father may have said about her that is too tenuous and sad to repeat here. And so these moments, where she appears to stand behind her father, instead of somewhere to the bottom left out of the frame, are curious things.