Trump Says Kamala Harris 'Won't Be First Woman President,' Rallygoers Demand Ivanka

President Donald Trump said Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris "won't be the first woman president" Tuesday, sparking chants of "Ivanka" from Michigan rallygoers hoping his daughter runs for president.

Trump made the seemingly contradictory claims that Harris will take over as president for Joe Biden "three weeks" into his term, just moments after telling supporters the California senator "will not be the first woman president." Speaking to rallygoers during a rainy Lansing, Michigan, campaign event Tuesday, Trump described Harris as so radically liberal that she makes Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders look like a hardline conservative. After booing Harris as a "socialist," Trump supporters in attendance demanded his daughter and White House adviser, Ivanka Trump, run to be the country's first female president.

The president guffawed at the chants for Ivanka to run, saying she'd be very happy just taking care of her and Kushner's three children at home. (Video clip below begins at 12:22).

"Joe Biden-Kamala do you like her? You like her to be your first female president?" Trump said, prompting shouts of "socialist" and droning boos from the crowd. "If he gets elected, three weeks into his presidency they'll say, 'Kamala are you ready? Let's go.' That's why they're talking about the 25th Amendment. Three weeks in, 'Joe's shot, Kamala let's go, you ready?'"

"The most liberal person in the Senate, she makes Bernie Sanders look like a serious conservative," the president said of Harris. "This will not be—we can't let it happen—this will not be the first woman president. You're going to have a woman president. But this will not be the first woman president."

The raucous crowd began cheering "Ivanka," which drew a laugh from Trump and a few demands for "Melania" to run as well. "They're all screaming 'Ivanka,'" the president added with a chuckle.

"You know Ivanka, she's great, she's out campaigning today, but she could very happy and her husband is here, Jared Kushner, he's been making peace in the Middle East. He's here. Where's Jared, we've got to find him? He's not around too much you've got to find him, he doesn't want any accolades. Find Jared," Trump said.

"Ivanka though, she'd be very happy just being home with the kids but we've got her working," Trump said, noting that first lady Melania Trump is campaigning for him Tuesday in Pennsylvania.

The president's 38-year-old daughter has repeatedly dismissed speculation that she might run for president or another political office in the future. Last year, she told CBS News a White House campaign for herself is "not part of my portfolio."

Harris is the third woman to be picked as a vice presidential running mate on a major presidential party ticket behind two others who were both ultimately on losing campaigns. Geraldine Ferraro was on Walter Mondale's unsuccessful 1984 ticket against Ronald Reagan and Sarah Palin was on John McCain's VP ticket against Barack Obama in 2008. In addition to being the first female vice president should Biden win, Harris would also be the first Black woman, as well as the first person of Indian descent to take the office in U.S. history.

Political pundits have floated the idea Ivanka may run for president for years, saying she effectively walks a tight rope between being a key White House adviser as well as someone who can distance herself from the unpopular policies of her father.

"With a role as an adviser in the West Wing, but unbuckled from the Oval Office, she has been able to push for things like increased child tax credits while staying silent on separating children from their parents at the border," David Marsland of the Evening Standard wrote in a Tuesday piece asking, "Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner: What's next for the White House's most divisive couple?"

Ivanka recently drew the ire of Democrats and critics of her father after she issued a statement defending the White House's response, or lack thereof, to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

"Over the past four years, President Trump's policies and investments in science and technology ensure America stands ready to solve today's most pressing challenges and that our workforce is prepared for tomorrow's innovations," she said.

The president complained that the media and Democrats have failed to commend him for placing a woman on the Supreme Court after Judge Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed for the justice job Monday night.

"They didn't cover my introduction, can you believe that? My introduction of a woman who is going to be there for 50 years as far as I'm concerned," he said.

Newsweek reached out to the Trump campaign for additional remarks Tuesday afternoon but did not receive replies before publication.

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Ivanka Trump waves from the stage as President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Atlantic Aviation on September 22, 2020 in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. Trump won Pennsylvania by less than a percentage point in 2016 and is currently in a tight race with Democratic nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden. JEFF SWENSON / Stringer/Getty Images