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Ivanka Trump Lied About Her Father’s ‘Racist Leanings’ Her Whole Life, Trump Biographer Says

First daughter Ivanka Trump has been positioned to lie about her father President Donald Trump’s racist and bigoted leanings “her whole life,” a Trump biographer said in light of a new book alleging that she defended his Charlottesville rally comments and insisted he is not racist.

Michael D’Antonio, who authored the book The Truth About Trump in 2016, appeared on CNN Tuesday, a day after The New York Times quoted Ivanka Trump in the forthcoming book Kushner Inc. as saying, “My dad’s not a racist; he didn’t mean any of it.”

“That’s not what he said,” Ivanka Trump said regarding her father’s unwillingness to condemn white nationalists at the deadly rally, according to the book by journalist Vicky Ward out March 19.

CNN host Brooke Baldwin asked D’Antonio to comment on how often Ivanka Trump has defended her father like that.

“Oh, she’s been put in this position time and time again, really, throughout her adult life and even as a child,” D’Antonio said, reminding viewers that she would have walked by newsstands with tabloids detailing her parents’ divorce scandal as a school girl.

D’Antonio said Ivanka Trump has “been in this awful position of having to explain this man for her whole life” and expressed empathy for her predicament.

“She’s almost trapped in this dynamic—either she acknowledges that her father has racist leanings and says racist and bigoted things,” D’Antonio continued, “Or she has to lie about it and joins sort of this family practice of denying the truth, manipulating the facts and distorting when things are uncomfortable.”

D’Antonio concluded “it’s a terrible thing for her,” but made it clear that his empathy for her ends at her adulthood.

“She has taken advantage of everything that her family name and her wealth offered,” D’Antonio said in reference to Ivanka Trump requesting access to fly on Air Force One when it was not appropriate, according to the new book.

“This all comes from being raised in a family where the jet or the big name on the side of it was an identifier, a part of their status and it really was expected that you got this privileged treatment and now this is abuse of the government and abuse of the taxpayer dollars to insist that this be something you get from the United States Air Force,” D’Antonio said. “It’s really shocking.”

ivanka, trump, lied, racist, donald, Ivanka Trump speaks along side her father President Donald Trump following a tour of the H&K Equipment Company in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, on January 18, 2018. Ivanka Trump has “been in this awful position of having to explain this man for her whole life,” Trump biographer Michael D’Antonio said. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

Peter Mirijanian, a spokesman for Ivanka Trump and Kushner’s lawyer Abbe Lowell, slammed Ward’s book in a statement to The Times.

“It seems she has written a book of fiction rather than any serious attempt to get the facts,” Mirijanian stated. “Correcting everything wrong would take too long and be pointless.”

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