- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Comedian Chelsea Handler says Ivanka Trump’s push for policies that benefit women is an “absurd” empty promise, saying the businesswoman and mother of three is merely a “puppet” for her father’s administration.

Ms. Handler, who hosts the Netflix talk show “Chelsea,” said in an interview published in Variety’s magazine’s latest issue that she was devastated after Donald Trump’s election and even thought about moving to Spain.

“I’m not going to be funny on the day after the election, when I was horrified and crying all night,” she said. “It was going to be a celebratory day. I walked into my office that morning, and I thought, ‘There’s no way I’m going to be able to do this.’”

Ms. Handler, who was a vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton’s failed Democratic presidential campaign, has taken a hard stance against Mr. Trump on her show. She told Variety that she wouldn’t even consider inviting him on air for a discussion.

“Why would I? I don’t ever want to see him,” she said. “I don’t ever want to interact with him, which won’t be a problem. Once he came up to me in a restaurant in L.A. to introduce himself — to tell me he’s Donald Trump. I said, ‘Great.’”

The comedian said she “hopes” Mr. Trump will be impeached during his time in office, though she doesn’t think he’d go without a fight.

“He doesn’t abide by laws and rules. They’d have to physically remove him,” she said. “It’s becoming clearer what a sociopath he is. I think our job as entertainers — or my job — is to reach across and figure out the people who are so disenchanted that they voted for him, and try to find some common ground.”

Ms. Handler went on to claim that Mr. Trump’s children, specifically Ivanka, act as his puppets because they’re too scared to stand up to him.

“The other thing about his children, they have absolutely no influence over him,” she said. “The idea that Ivanka is going to help women, or do anything for women, is absurd, because she’s a puppet. They’re all his puppets. They’re scared s–tless of him, and the fact that they’re still around him means they have never stood up to him.”

Ms. Handler blamed Hillary Clinton’s stunning election defeat on the media and “the Kardashians.”

“Stop covering [Mr. Trump] so much,” she said. “They were treating him as an entertainer first. It was a reality show. We’ve turned into a reality show. I blame the Kardashians, personally; the beginning of the end was the Kardashians. The way these people have blown up and don’t go away — it’s surreal. Everyone is for sale.”

Ivanka Trump’s husband, Jared Kushner, was recently appointed as Mr. Trump’s senior adviser, but she will have no official role in her father’s administration.

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