By Susan Tomai, Founder, Oratorio Media and Presentation Training
The two presidential nominee daughters handled tough questions quite differently with Cosmopolitan this week.
CNN wrote that “Ivanka Trump cut short an interview with Cosmopolitan published Wednesday after being asked about some of Donald Trump’s past comments about childcare and maternity leave. Trump criticized the interviewer for having ‘a lot of negativity’ in her questions.
What a missed opportunity. Instead of handling the tough question and delivering some valuable messages about her father’s childcare policy, she threw the baby out with the bathwater.
In a separate interview with Cosmo, Chelsea Clinton did the opposite. “Although not happy with the expected comments about her father’s past indiscretions, the former first daughter said she was ‘unmoved by the subject,’ which Trump alluded to in the final moments of Monday’s first presidential debate.
‘My reaction to that is just what my reaction has been kind of every time Trump has gone after my mom or my family, which is that it’s a distraction from his inability to talk about what’s actually at stake in this election and to offer concrete, comprehensive proposals,’ Clinton said.”
Chelsea, seasoned and media-savvy from a lifetime in the spotlight, knows how to anticipate the difficult questions and use her media opportunities to advance an agenda. Ivanka, not so much. Will the election hinge on what Ivanka or Chelsea says? Nah. But Ivanka’s petulance stands in stark contrast to Chelsea’s preparedness. In both cases, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.