Yesterday we published a video clip of the presidential daughter, Ivanka Trump, defending her role in her father’s administration from critics who say she is “complicit” with President Trump. Ivanka’s interview was on “CBS This Morning” with Gayle King. CBS host, King, asked Trump to address those who say she is “complicit” in her father’s White House. “If being complicit is wanting to, is wanting to be a force for good and to make a positive impact then I’m complicit,” Ivanka tells King. “So I hope to make a positive impact. I don’t know what it means to be complicit, but you know, I hope time will prove that I have done a good job and much more importantly that my father’s administration is the success that I know it will be,” Ivanka added.
House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi (D – Calif.) responded to Ivanka Trump’s interview at a press conference. She was asked this question by an off-camera reporter: “In an interview today, Ivanka Trump said, ‘I don’t know what it means to be complicit’ and that ‘not to conflate lack of public denouncement with silence’ when it comes to issues like Planned Parenthood. What do you make of these comments?”
Pelosi then pounced, “We’re not here to talk about the president’s family, but the fact is, I think everybody knows what the word complicit is, and what it means is you’re not acting in the interest of the American people,” Pelosi responded. “Without going into what lack of impact family members who profess to believe in climate crisis or women’s right to choose or any of the other things, but have no impact on the policy of the president of the United States, that’s for the public to make a judgment,” the minority leader added.
Both Trump and Pelosi haven’t exactly defined what it means to be “complicit.” Here’s the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition: association or participation in or as if in a wrongful act. Incidentally, Merriam-Webster just tweeted about how much interest has spiked in this word since this story broke.
Who do you agree with more, Trump or Pelosi?