- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 10, 2017

Actress Chloe Grace Moretz alleged during an interview this week that first lady Melania Trump and White House adviser Ivanka Trump are disrespected and mistreated by President Trump, which makes them poor role models for American women.

Speaking to Variety magazine, the 20-year-old “Kick-Ass” star mentioned some of her favorite female role models, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who she endorsed in the 2016 presidential election.

When asked for her thoughts about Melania and Ivanka Trump, Miss Moretz hesitated: “This is a difficult one to word,” she said.

“I think some people are in a bubble and it’s a very sad bubble,” she told Variety. “I hate to see any woman not speaking up for themselves and what they believe in. I wish they were more aware of their surroundings and I wish they were more aware of what their husband and father are doing. It pains me to see people who are just speaking through this veiled curtain of privilege and they have no compass of what is real.”

Miss Moretz admitted she’s never met or spoken with Melania or Ivanka Trump, so she can only speak of what she’s observed so far.

“I think that young women deserve better role models,” she said. “And I hate to see the way that Melania is treated — I think that she is treated really badly, and I hate to see a woman who is not respected by her own husband, and a daughter who doesn’t see that she is disrespected by her father. I think that’s really sad. I think they’re also products of mental manipulation. You can’t see the forest through the trees when you’re that deep.”

“It feels like years and years of marching and protesting is being [stripped] from beneath us,” she added.

In an earlier excerpt of Variety’s interview, Miss Moretz said her opportunity to speak in support of Mrs. Clinton at the Democratic National Convention was “one of the happiest moments of my life.”

She said she’s confident a woman will be president sometime in her life, but she is still holding out hope that Mrs. Clinton will run again.

“There’s a massive issue in this country, and we’ve got to speak up,” she said of Mr. Trump’s presidency. “We’re having a mockery made of our system.”

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