Ivanka Trump attempted to spin the word "complicit" into a positive adjective this week, which it most certainly isn't. She also made this claim about her influence in the White House: "I think most of the impact I have, over time most people will not actually know about."
Not exactly the resounding vote of confidence some might have hoped for. As Johansson, the star of the SNL sketch that started the conversation, said Thursday while speaking at the Women in the World Summit, "You can't have it both ways, right? If you take a job as a public advocate, then you must advocate publicly."
Her reaction to Trump's interview on CBS was resolutely negative, partly because she thinks Trump is failing to take advantage of her influence. "I thought, 'Well, that's empowering.' How old-fashioned—this idea that behind every great man is a great woman. How about being in front of that person or next to that person?" Johansson said.
She continued: "It's such an old-fashioned concept that to be this powerful woman, you know, you can't appear to be concerned with what you're going to feel, that somebody's going to think that you're bitchy. Screw that—it's so old-fashioned, it's so uninspired, and actually, I think, really cowardly."
(Johansson is facing criticism for her role in Ghost in the Shell.)
There has been no indication that the Trump White House will be anything other than old-fashioned and uninspired. And if there was ever an administration likely to call someone "bitchy," well, there's been a lot of stupid name-calling going around as of late.
[h/t: The Hill]