Days after she was skewered for her critical comments on the living wage debate, Ivanka Trump made herself the punchline at a high-profile annual dinner Saturday night joking that being Donald’s daughter is “the hardest job in the world.”
Ivanka’s quips came during a speech at Washington D.C.’s Gridiron dinner, an annual “white-tie” fete for political journalists where featured speakers make themselves the punchline, according to NPR.
Trump told Gridiron attendees that she was appearing in her father’s stead and claimed he asked her to do so “just this afternoon.”
“No, this isn't a joke,”she reportedly said.
The real estate heiress explained that she couldn't write her jokes in time, “so I figured the funniest thing I could do was read excerpts from the Green New Deal,” poking fun at the agenda item championed by progressive Democrats including New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Trump last week criticized the living wage component of the deal, during a Fox News interview: “I don’t think most Americans, in their heart, want to be given something. I’ve spent a lot of time traveling around this country over the last four years. People want to work for what they get.”
“So, I think that this idea of a guaranteed minimum is not something most people want. They want the ability to be able to secure a job. They want the ability to live in a country where’s there’s the potential for upward mobility.”
In light of the backlash she received, most notably insisting others work despite living a life of privilege, she joked, “as if being Donald Trump's daughter isn't the hardest job in the world.”
Trump was not alone in her self-deprecation.
Minnesota Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who is vying to become the party’s 2020 presidential candidate, was also among the speakers and for her part quipped about recent reports detailing her rough treatment of staff.
Klobuchar referred to one now-notorious allegation—that she ate a salad with a hair comb, and then demanded that the staffer clean it, per reports.
“How did everyone like the salad?” Klobuchar said at the dinner, according to Politico. “I thought it was OK, but it needed just a little more scalp oil and a pinch of dandruff.”