During a trip to Tokyo on Friday morning, Ivanka Trump gave a speech about the threat of sexual harassment where she explained that is simply cannot be tolerated. Her statement is absolutely true, but it begs the question as to why she will not stand up and condone her father’s behavior and defend the women who are trying to expose his sexual predator-like behavior. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.


On Friday morning, Ivanka Trump was in Tokyo, Japan where she gave a speech to a mostly empty room about the problems of sexual harassment. She said, “It can not be tolerated.” Which is absolutely true, I’m not here to demean anything that Ivanka Trump said. There is clearly a very real and very rampant problem of sexual harassment and sexual assault here in the United States. It needs to be addressed, and no, it can not be tolerated in any form. That’s what Ivanka Trump was trying to say. That’s a good message to have. If you’re not a complete and total hypocrite covering up all of the sexual assault and sexual harassment allegations that have been made against your father, which is exactly what Ivanka Trump is doing.

See, it’s one thing to go out there and say that, I don’t know, bullying is bad, but then ignore the fact that your husband is a serial bully-er and uses racial slurs against people on Twitter. Just like it’s a bad idea to go out there and sound all sanctimonious and self-righteous about the issue of sexual harassment, ignoring the fact that your father is caught on tape revealing how he likes to sexually assault and sexually harass women in the United States. That is what Ivanka Trump did and the bullying thing is what Melania Trump’s doing.

You can have all the best talking points, you can have the best intentions, but if you refuse to acknowledge that the man you married or the man that fathered you is guilty of the very things you’re speaking out against then you have no credibility, you have no moral high ground, you have no room to talk. You want to stop sexual harassment? You want to stop bullying? Go talk to your dad, go talk to your husband, because some of the worst cases of both of those in this country today, seem to be coming from him.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at DeSmogBlog.com. He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced