Here’s video of Ivanka Trump giving a speech to a bunch of empty chairs
In Japan, Ivanka Trump’s speech on women in the workplace at the World Assembly for Women wasn’t such a hot ticket. According to reporters who attended Thursday’s event, the room was apparently “half-empty” for the first daughter’s address on women’s economic empowerment, despite the fact that she was personally escorted to the symposium by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Maybe people didn’t show up because they didn’t feel like hearing Ivanka condemn sexual harassment in professional settings while defending and advocating for a man accused of multiple instances of sexual assault and was once accused of raping her mother.
“All too often, our workplace culture fails to treat women with appropriate respect,” Trump said, according to AFP. “This takes many forms, including harassment, which can never be tolerated.”
— Betsy Klein (@betsy_klein) November 2, 2017
Or maybe a speech on “empowering women” wasn’t a draw because the workers in nearby China who manufacture the first daughter’s clothing line are exploited and mistreated.
Josh Raffel, who serves as Ivanka’s husband Jared Kushner’s spokesperson, told the New York Times that the sparse attendance was caused by security delaying “everyone from being able to get into the room on time.”
Kyoko Hokugo, director of the gender mainstreaming division at Japan’s Foreign Ministry, said that registration for the event was high, but “it was unfortunate that there were several people who could not enter the room during the speeches of Prime Minister Abe and Ms. Ivanka Trump. We needed to shut the door during their speeches for our security reasons.”
On that note, here’s a picture of some empty chairs.
The hall is half empty as Ivanka Trump gives a speech in Tokyo at the Japanese government’s “World Assembly for Women” (WAW!) pic.twitter.com/8OchiSzgHa
— Anna Fifield (@annafifield) November 2, 2017