In 2009 Ivanka Trump, daughter of president-elect Donald Trump published a self-help book... which explains everything.
The book, entitled The Trump Card is written with the family's approach to logic, reasoning, and thought.
Trump opens the book with the line:
In business, as in life, nothing is ever handed to you.
She then acknowledges that in her business, and her life, a lot of things had been handed to her.
But she then states that she and her siblings did not gain their positions at Trump Senior's company by 'birthright'.
The disconnect between Trump's statement and reality is apparent. And for some, it sums up what the 'post-truth' era is actually talking about.
George Orwell (it's impossible to not mention him) called it 'double-think', the ability to believe two contradictory thoughts simultaneously.
Trump is an executive vice president of the family company, an unofficial spokesperson for the family itself, an author, a CEO, and a brand. All of this entitles her to much, but not to attend a meeting with the Japanese prime minister and to participate in a phone call between Donald Trump and the Argentine president. She committed that massive conflict of interest because she is the president-elect's daughter.
According to the New Yorker, Trump struggles with her own book's premise - how a person born with a silver spoon in their mouth tells other people how to earn success.
Her blunt way of dealing with the double-think, is to claim that privilege actually harmed her ascent.
In fact, being privileged was it's own kind of problem.
Trump recounts a heartwarming anecdote when as a child she was unable to sell lemonade to passersby because they lived in Trump Tower and their Connecticut home had insufficient foot traffic.
She overcame the hardship of a penthouse and a second home, by selling lemonade it to the family's staff instead...
We got this poor [security] guy to drink so much lemonade... I think we also sold a fair amount to my parents' driver... and to some of the household staff, who took pity on us and dug deep for their spare change.
Cue collective eye rolling. Trump seems to concur with the doubters:
On page 9 she gives up the rhetorical acrobatics.
Do I have an edge, getting started in business? No question. But get over it. And read on.
That way of thinking isn't exclusive to members of the Trump family. It explains the promise Donald Trump made to many Americans.
- Despite your relative wealth and position compared to many citizens, you are actually not privileged and need Donald.
- Belief that privileged people are discriminated against because of their privilege.
- OK actually, we are better off, but everyone needs to get over it.