President Trump is turning to White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump in the final stretch of the 2020 campaign to try and shore up the support of suburban women — who carried him across the finish line in 2016.
Over the past six weeks, the first daughter and senior adviser to the president has made 17 campaign stops for her father, according to Politico.
From tweets to pleas at rallies, the commander in chief pledged repeatedly in recent months that he would save the ‘burbs as part of a larger effort to secure the support of suburban women.
“Finally! Suburban women are flocking over to us. They realize that I am saving the Suburbs – the American Dream! I terminated the Regulation that would bring projects and crime to Suburbia. Not on my watch!” the president tweeted Thursday morning, adding that a President Biden would oversee an increase in regulation.
In total, Ivanka has visited 10 battleground states — Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nevada and Arizona. She plans to visit Pennsylvania, Florida and North Carolina again before Election Day, a Trump aide told the outlet.
From August through late September, she brought in a staggering $15 million to the campaign by holding a mere four fundraisers, according to CNN.
Citing a Trump aide, Politico reported Wednesday that the campaign expected to raise $35 million from the first daughter’s fundraising and campaigning efforts from August through the election.
Behind the commander in chief himself, Ivanka is the most requested campaign surrogate for events, White House officials say.
President Trump’s eldest daughter will host a fundraiser alongside her father in Nashville on Thursday, just prior to his final debate appearance against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
In a statement to Politico on Ivanka’s campaign efforts, Trump campaign senior adviser Mercedes Schlapp said, “As a working mother who has dedicated her career to the improvement of women’s lives, Ivanka intrinsically understands the issues facing American families today. Ivanka Trump can speak to President Trump’s success from the perspective of both a policy adviser and close family member — a remarkably effective combination on the campaign trail.”
Ivanka’s fundraising prowess is not lost on the minds of those in her father’s orbit.
After bringing in $4 million at a single fundraiser in August that a mere 100 people attended over Zoom, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel released a statement showering praise on the first daughter’s ability to mobilize donors.
“Ivanka is a tremendous voice for the re-election effort. Supporters across the country are eager to hear from her on issues ranging from the economy to workforce development and paid family leave,” she said at the time.
One White House official told CNN of Ivanka’s appeal, “The fact is, she’s talking about issues at these events that other surrogates are not. She can talk about paid family leave, or workforce development, or the child tax credit — issues that a lot of voters frankly haven’t heard Republicans talk about as much this campaign.”
For his part, President Trump has spent much of his 2020 reelection effort placing a heavy emphasis on “the suburbs” and how he would protect them.
With Post wires