Ivanka Trump Blasted for Trying to Take Credit for Kansas Economy by State Representative: 'Girl, Please—you Didn't Build That'

A Kansas politician has mocked Ivanka Trump's claim the White House administration's policies had spurred the state's economy.

Tweeting a graph from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Ivanka cited data showing household median income in the state growing by $4,546 to $59,123 and the creation of 33,800 jobs, 7,100 of which were manufacturing posts.

"The Kansas success story...We're just getting started!" the White House adviser and daughter of President Donald Trump tweeted, with a yellow line in the graph the graph signifying the point when Trump took office and when the boost to employment had started.

She sent the tweet on the day she visited the WSU Tech National Center for Aviation Training in Wichita to promote the president's "Pledge to America's Workers."

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White House advisor Ivanka Trump speaks before the signing of the White Houses Pledge To Americas Workers at El Centro community college on October 3, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. Google announced that it is committing to a White House initiative designed to get private companies to expand job training. Ron Jenkins/Getty Images

Alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, himself a former Kansas congressman, the president's daughter said she was impressed how the center was due to "private sector innovation," Fox Business reported.

However Stephanie Clayton, who was elected as a Republican but now serves as a Democrat member in the Kansas House of Representatives, quickly registered her disdain at Ivanka Trump's comment.

In a tweet that was retweeted hundreds of times, Clayton's curt message was: "Girl, please. You didn't build that. #ksleg"

Girl, please. You didn’t build that. #ksleg https://t.co/jFXPX6sNgo

— Stephanie Clayton (@SSCJoCoKs) October 23, 2019

Alternet.org agreed with Clayton, saying that she "takes Ivanka down," with the comment.

The website noted that the increase in Kansas' growth coincided with the election of Democrat candidates in the state legislature, which marked the end of the administration of governor Sam Brownback. Brownback's philosophy was to cut as many taxes as possible, a move critics said left a big hole in state finances.

It said that "Ivanka Trump...doesn't bother with the facts" and that her tweet showed a "misunderstanding of Kansas politics" because instead of White House policy, the Kansas economy had benefited from the election of Democratic governor Laura Kelly and a Democratic U.S. House member in 2018.

The aviation sector is a key plank of the Kansas economy, which was impacted by the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max after two of the aircraft crashed in March 2019.

Increased economic growth in Kansas is expected in the coming year. Wichita State University's Center for Economic Development and Business Research (CEDBR) reported jobs had grown 1.3 percent this year.

It also predicted that figure will grow about 0.5% next year adding about 1,600 new jobs, according to KMUW, pointing to growth in aviation manufacturing.

CEBDR director Jeremy Hill said that the growth in jobs, after two bad years in 2016 and 2017, "had the spillover effect all through the economy.

"That's what we're feeling this summer. We added a whole bunch of jobs; we had increases in wages," he told KCWH 12.