The first daughter and White House adviser, Ivanka Trump, introduced her father as "People's President" during her speech on Thursday evening at the Republican National Convention and made her remarks from the South Lawn of the White House.
“I realize that my father's communication style is not to everyone's taste. And I know his tweets can feel a little unfiltered, ”she said with a pause. "But the results speak for themselves."
She spoke of the admiration she saw from working Americans for her father "to see those stoic machinists and steel workers come up to him with tears in their eyes and to thank him for being the only person willing to for her to go on the mat. "
Ivanka Trump delivered the speech right in front of her father at the Republican National Congress on Thursday evening
Ivanka Trump's speech served as an introductory speech for her father and she attempted to temper his image by providing details about his response to Americans dying from COVID-19
Ivanka Trump can be seen on giant screens around the South Lawn at the White House on Thursday evening, where President Donald Trump accepted the renomination
Ivanka Trump spoke about how American workers "tears in their eyes" approached their father for the work he did for them
She called it a "new and profound experience for him and for me," even though Trump "admired and befriended construction workers on countless construction sites," a reference to her father's real estate tycoon past.
The first daughter to wear a black Gabriela Hearst number began discussing her move to Washington in 2017.
"We didn't know exactly what we were getting into, but our kids loved it from the start," she said.
"My son Joseph immediately built Grandpa a Lego replica of the White House," she continued. "The president is still showing it on the mantelpiece in the Oval Office and showing it to world leaders just so they know he has the world's greatest grandchildren."
In Washington, Ivanka Trump said she noted that politicians would "silence their beliefs and skip the tough fighting" in order to survive.
"I couldn't believe that so many politicians actually prefer to complain about a problem rather than fix it," she said. "I was shocked to see that people are leaving big challenges unsolved so that they can blame the other side and promote the same issue in the next election."
"But Donald Trump didn't come to Washington to receive praise from the bypass elite," she said.
Her father's unpopularity among certain groups became the subject of her speech.
"For the first time in a long time we have a president who proclaimed Washington's hypocrisy – and they hate him for it," she said.
"Dad, people attack you because you are unconventional, but I love you because you are real and I respect you because you are effective," she added.
She also took time to temper her father's image and acted as tour guide for the audience at key points in his administration.
Ivanka Trump described him as president "Who will fight for you from morning to night, when the cameras are gone, the microphones are off and the decisions really count?"
She talked about standing by his side when he went to Dover Air Force Base to retrieve the remains of a fallen soldier.
Ivanka Trump (center left) and Hope Hicks (center right) walk to the South Lawn Thursday evening before she gives her address to the Republican National Convention
"And each time it strengthened his determination to finally end the endless foreign wars," she said.
She spoke of seeing her father's more personal reaction to the deaths from COVID-19.
"I was with my father and saw the pain in his eyes when he received information about the life that was stolen by this plague," she said. "I've seen him make some of the toughest decisions of his life."
She said among those was the US border closing to Europeans.
Ivanka Trump also brought up some of her favorite projects, including the Farmers to Families Food Box program that she and the president promoted on their Monday trip to North Carolina to host the RNC.
Ivanka Trump's speech was the curtain on her father's speech on the White House lawn, where 1,500 people were gathered in a less socially distant manner. Many did not wear masks.
Air horns from demonstrators outside the White House gates were heard during Ivanka Trump's speech.
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