Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner spent their entire stint in Washington seeking to portray themselves as individuals who not only belonged there, but who would one day return to D.C. not as the commander in chief’s daughter and son-in-law, but as president and first man in their own right.
According to Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury, the duo “made an earnest deal” that “if sometime in the future the opportunity arose, [Ivanka would] be the one to run for president,” in an exchange that we can only assume involved Ivanka putting her finger to Kushner’s lips and whispering, “It’ll be me. I’ll be president.”
So when Ivanka’s father chose to foment a violent insurgency on the U.S. Capitol in an effort to overturn the results of a free and fair election—and the Princess, misreading the situation, referred to the furious crowd as “patriots”—it didn’t fit the aesthetic they were trying for. Following that, the pair moved to Florida in an apparent effort to hide out.
They have generally done so for the previous ten months, with the exception of a few obviously staged photo-ops.
However, for some who plainly see themselves as royalty, being unable to attend social meetings definitely chafes. With the one-year anniversary of that nefarious little attack on democracy approaching, they apparently believe that enough time has passed for their association with one of the worst days in American history to be a distant memory, and that it is now appropriate to slither back onto the scene, as they did Tuesday night.
The pair made their first prominent red carpet appearance since their separate tenures as members of Donald Trump’s White House staff ended on Tuesday evening in Miami, attending the Louis Vuitton event.
The pair was photographed socializing at the pre-show reception and saw they had reserved seats in the first row, which also welcomed a number of A-listers and audacious celebrities such as Kim Kardashian West, Kanye West (now known as Ye), Pharrell Williams, Bella Hadid, and others.
The Louis Vuitton presentation, which coincides with Art Basel, is particularly significant since it takes place only two days after the death of Virgil Abloh, the acclaimed designer and creative director for the brand’s menswear line.
The event “Virgil Was Here” was performed in “loving memory” of Abloh, paying “tribute to the life and legacy of a creative genius” while simultaneously showcasing his ideas for the Spring-Summer 2022 collection.
It’s not the first time the worlds of Trump and Vuitton have intersected. Donald and Ivanka Trump went to Texas in October 2019 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Bernard Arnault, founder and chairman of LVMH Mot Hennessy Louis Vuitton.
The event marked the opening of a new Louis Vuitton workshop in a rural location near Fort Worth.
Arnault made it a point to keep politics distinct from their luxury fashion company, adding, “I am not here to judge his types of policies. I have no political role. I am a business person. I try to tell him what I think for the success of the economy of the country, and the success of what we are doing.”
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have maintained a quiet profile since leaving Donald Trump’s government. They’ve spent a lot of time in Miami, and critics have speculated about where, how, and in what circles they may reappear.
Batsheva Hay, a fashion designer, anticipated that the pair would struggle to include fashion into their social excursions. “The fashion world is pretty ready to shun her,” Hay told reporter Ginia Bellafante. “No one is going to lend Ivanka clothing — she’ll have to buy it covertly at retail.”
Ivanka made her public debut in March, when she volunteered at a Farmers to Families Food Box distribution location in Apopka, Florida. The MAGA princess met with neighborhood leaders and assisted in the delivery of more than 1,300 food baskets.
Her Instagram account included the meal program, one of just a few images she’s uploaded this year. Her farewell letter of thanks after serving in her father’s presidential administration was also among them. “The last four years have been an incredible journey,” she posted on Instagram on Jan. 19. “In traveling to nearly every American state and dozens of countries, I fell even more deeply in love with the American people.”
The pair did not always get love in return, notably from opponents who often pointed out Trump and Kushner’s lack of political credentials as well as their backing for many of her father’s questionable policies and actions.
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