Donald Trump made his presidential announcement Tuesday night in the presence of hundreds of adoring fans. But there were two people whose attendance was conspicuously missing: Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka.
A source familiar told The Daily Beast that Don Jr., the self-proclaimed “general of the meme wars,” was busy on a “hunting trip in the Mountain West” and “couldn’t get a flight out to make it back for the speech because of bad weather.”
As for Ivanka Trump—who the former president pleaded with to make an appearance, according to the New York Post—is seeking to distance herself from politics altogether. While Trump Jr. intends to be active in his father’s 2024 campaign, Ivanka wants to prioritize her family and does not plan to participate in campaigning.
“This time around, I am choosing to prioritize my young children and the private life we are creating as a family,” Ivanka said in a statement shared with The Daily Beast by an aide.
“I do not plan to be involved in politics. While I will always love and support my father, going forward, I will do so outside the political arena,” she added.
The Post reported that Trump spent much of the weekend—which happened to be the wedding weekend of his youngest daughter, Tiffany—begging both Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner to attend his campaign event this week.
While Ivanka chose to keep her distance, Kushner ultimately made an appearance at the speech on Tuesday.
Even recently, new footage emerged of longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone insulting Ivanka and fuming over Trump’s decision not to issue a second pardon for the Republican operative’s Jan 6-related activities. Notably, Kushner was the point man on end-of-term Trump pardons.
“Jared Kushner has an IQ of 70. He’s coming to Miami. We will eject him from Miami very quickly; he will be leaving very quickly,” Stone fumed in the video obtained by The Daily Beast, taken by two Danish documentary filmmakers.
As for Ivanka, Stone said: “Fuck you and your abortionist bitch daughter.”