Tiffany Trump, the youngest daughter of President Donald Trump, held a “Breakfast with Tiffany” event in Birmingham to talk with young women about her father’s presidency.
The crowd of about 30 women joined Tiffany Trump at a local boutique, Christiane Larue, where she encouraged the attendees, many of whom said they are in college, to “not be silent anymore” and to “rise above the hate.”
Donald Trump is frequently criticized for spreading hateful rhetoric on social media and during his rallies, so much so that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has said that it “incentivized” the alleged terrorist plot against her.
However, a few members in the audience spoke up about feeling ostracized when other people their age find out they support Trump.
“The last thing you should do is respond to that hate because there is so much hateful rhetoric in the world,” Tiffany Trump said. “That’s not our place. We come from a place of decency.”
Ally Christman, a 26-year-old student at University of Michigan, said other students in the dentistry program have called her a “racist in health care” and have blocked her on social media after she posted about the president.
“I have the mentality now that I don’t care anymore,” Christman said. “This is what I believe in, this is what I support and I’m proud of it. If they aren’t willing to listen to me and hear my side, then it really doesn’t matter.”
Tiffany Trump’s siblings, including Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr., have been much more active on the campaign trails in the last few months than their youngest sister.
Last week, Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump made stops in Michigan, and Eric is returning to the battleground state Thursday to host a “Evangelicals for Trump” event in Kent County. Donald Trump Jr. held a “Make America Great Again” rally in Macomb County Monday and will be stumping for his father at the Oakland County International Airport.
Someone in the audience asked Tiffany to share a personal story about her dad to “humanize him”
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Tiffany Trump was under fire for her speech during a “Trump Pride” event in Miami on Oct. 17, her first solo campaign event.
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defemation (GLAAD), a national LGBTQ advocacy group, has been tracking anti-LGBTQ statments from Trump, his administration and his family since 2017.
After Tiffany Trump’s speech, GLAAD wrote that she “ignores her father and his administration’s record of hundreds of attacks against the LGBTQ community, and falsely claims he supports the community. She also incorrectly spells out the letters of the LGBTQ acronym.”
During her speech she said “LGBQ,” leaving out the acronym for transgender.
One of the first topics she covered during her event Thursday was the confirmation of conservative Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, which she called a “pivotal” move.
“She is such an incredible, inspirational woman,” Tiffany Trump said. “She’s the first [female] justice appointed to have [school-aged] children, and she follows the Constitution and wants to abide by the law as it’s written.”
Barrett was appointed to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Sept. 18. Barrett’s nomination in considered controversial because of how close to the election she was confirmed, and many Democrats and advocates fear her religious views and her track record on abortion rights and LGBTQ rights will be harmful for Americans, especially women.
One attendee asked Tiffany Trump to “humanize” the president and asked her to share personal stories about her relationship with her father.
She shared stories of him sneaking her candy bars when she was growing up and him attending her graduations and some volleyball games. She also added that he often asks for her input and how her friends feel about his policies.
“He’s a New Yorker and he says what he’s going to say. For me, I like that,” Trump said. “But he also listens so much. He’s always asking me ‘So what do your friends say? What are their opinions on this?’ He wants to understand and engage.”
Trump said that now is not the time for young women to stay silent.
“You have to be strong,” Trump said. “The silent majority is real and I think especially this election the silent majority will not be very silent when they cast their ballots.”
Donald Trump is coming back to Michigan on Friday for a rally in Waterford Township and reportedly also will visit Sterling Heights and Grand Rapids before Election Day on Tuesday.
Democratic nominee Joe Biden will be in Michigan on Saturday for a rally, along with former President Barack Obama, who Biden served under as vice president.
More than 2.4 million Michiganders have already returned their absentee ballots of the more than 3.25 million that requested them. Another 2 million voters are expected to vote in person on Tuesday.