Meghan vs Ivanka 2024? Duchess may run Beto O’Rourke-like campaign while Trump would be 'walking, talking brand'
While Meghan's political aspirations have been on the subtler side, Ivanka has done everything but announce that she wants to launch her own campaign
After America failed to elect a woman presidential nominee in 2020, could the nation get its first female leader in the year 2024? It might as well be a possibility as two prominent and strong women from either side of the political aisle have shown interest in getting involved in U.S. politics - Ivanka Trump and Meghan Markle.
While Meghan's political aspirations have been on the subtler side, with her presently focusing on building a base in her native country after quitting the royal family along with her husband, by championing a number of charity causes included helping those suffering amid the pandemic and making her voice heard when it comes to the raging Black Lives Matter movement in the nation.
Ivanka, on the other hand, has done everything but announce that she wants to launch her own political campaign as she accompanies her father on the frontlines of presidential events and policy-making. And her leadership skills are continuously being promoted by her family members. While speaking on the British talk show 'Loose Women', Ivana Trump, her mother spoke about her daughter on Monday, September 14, saying, "She's in the White House every day. She's next to her father every day. She knows all what is going around," adding, Ivanka could "definitely" become the country's first female president. "She's smart as hell. She's beautiful. She's au courant. And how much more can you have?"
So we reached out to former Barack Obama campaign adviser Spencer Critchley, who is also the author of the book 'Patriots of Two Nations: Why Trump Was Inevitable and How We Can Reunite,' to get his opinion what he thought of a possible Meghan vs. Ivanka race come 2024. "There's an interesting symmetry here, too: Meghan Markle wanted to stop being a royal, while the Trumps want to start," he told MEA WorldWide (MEAWW)
Ivanka's political campaign comes down to 'branding'
The first daughter has not only been touted by her mother as the perfect candidate to run for the most important office of the country. She has basically been promoted "as the heir of the Trump dynasty and because she seems to be playing the role, as with her featured appearances at the Republican National Convention," Critchley said.
We previously reported that on Day 4 of the RNC the 38-year-old businesswoman, who has been serving as an advisor to the president since 2017, blew minds with her speech as she lauded her father as "the people’s president" and people on the Internet couldn't stop praising her. Ivanka's presence became a talking point on Twitter and people couldn't help but wonder if she could be the presidential candidate in 2024.
"After that speech, I could go for @IvankaTrump 2024. Wow!" one Twitter user said and another posted, "Ivanka Trump might have well announced she is running for POTUS in 2024, because that is their plan."
After that speech I could go for @IvankaTrump 2024. Wow!— Deplorable Scientist II (@Piggylou731) August 28, 2020
Ivanka Trump might have well announced she is running for POTUS in 2024, because that is their plan.— Jo B (@JobshelbyG) August 28, 2020
But if Ivanka does decide to follow in her father's footsteps, what would her campaign look like? According to Critchley, not that impressive.
"Ivanka strikes me as entirely artificial — a persona rather than a person, a walking, talking brand who appears to stand for nothing beyond promoting herself, as if personal success an entirely sufficient form of the good life," he said. "The causes she professes to stand for apparently mean nothing to her when compared with the personal opportunity of serving in a corrupt, incompetent White House that sabotages those causes, in a role for which she has no qualifications beyond being the daughter of the boss. So I would expect her to continue to think the nation and the world stand in need of even more of her winsomely oblivious Instagram moments, blown up to presidential campaign scale by a staff of amoral staff, the usual media enablers, and the ongoing financial support of billionaires and corporate lobbyists."
The first time we even had any inkling that the Duchess of Sussex could be setting her sight at something more political than just humanitarian endeavors was when Nick Bullen, an executive producer, who has worked closely with Harry’s father, Prince Charles, for eight years and has made programs about the British Royal family for at least 10 years, released a new documentary titled 'Meghan for President?' last year. It weighed in on the possibility of Meghan taking a keen interest in the politics of her homeland, especially since she retained her U.S. citizenship.
However, Meghan was still a part of the royal family at the time and Penny Junor, the royal biographer who has authored books like 'Diana, Princess of Wales' (1982), 'Charles, Prince of Wales' (1987 and 1998) and 'Charles and Diana: Portrait of a Marriage' (1991), told MEAWW that although the duchess was "politically aware and I am sure she takes a very keen interest in what’s going on in the U.S. at the moment", she will be "surprised if she had any intention of running for President any time soon."
But all that changed in March of this year when Meghan and Harry moved to California after stepping down from the monarchy. In June, a close friend of the Duchess told Daily Mail, "Meghan said her work as a leader is more important than ever right now and that she’s been speaking with Oprah and other community leaders on how she can be part of the solution. Meghan feels like her mission goes far beyond acting. She said she wants to use her voice for change and hasn’t ruled out a career in politics." So there remains a distinct possibility of Meghan becoming not only trying her hand to become the first woman POTUS but the first biracial woman leader of the U.S.!
If Meghan were to run for office in 2024, her campaign "would be progressive," Critchley said. "Unlike Ivanka, she appears to have a strong social conscience, and some ability to imagine the lives of others beyond their role as her audience/consumers. She has also demonstrated that she can turn down a life of immense privilege If she doesn’t feel it’s right for her and her family. So I would expect we’d see her taking the trouble to run something like a credible campaign of the kind we might from a Beto O’Rourke, combining forward-looking policy positions with personal warmth," he added.
Who would come out the winner?
Speculating on one of the possible outcomes of a Meghan vs. Ivanka presidential race, Critchley said, "If I had to bet on who would win, I’d put my money on Meghan, principally because I think the Trump family is in the process of finally crashing, and Ivanka’s reputation is going to be severely damaged for the rest of her life — and throughout history, along with the Trump name overall. Although Trump followers have been amazingly loyal so far, no one’s patience is infinite, especially when they realize just how badly they’ve been betrayed, as with the bungled pandemic response, or Trump’s revealed contempt for the military. All demagogues get away with it right up until they don’t: when their followers finally turn on them, it's sudden and dramatic," he said.