White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump in an interview with the New York Times published Monday said she officially switched her party affiliation from Democrat to Republican.
“I am a proud Trump Republican,” Ivanka said in the interview with the Times. “I believe he’s broadened the reach of the Republican Party, which is really important to me.”
She attempted to change her party affliction in 2016 so she could vote for President Trump in the New York primary, but missed the deadline.
“I was an independent,” Ivanka told Anderson Cooper during a CNN town hall in 2016. “We’re not a family of politicians, we haven’t been in politics very long. New York has one of the most onerous rules in terms of registration and it required us to register a long time ago, almost close to a year ago and we didn’t do that. We found out about it sort of after the fact,”
According to the New York City Board of Elections, Ivanka became a registered Republican on Oct. 22, 2018, just ahead of the midterm elections.
The first daughter went explain her political shift, stating it began in the beginning of her father’s presidency.
“In areas outside of my portfolio, I tend to agree more with the more conservative viewpoint more often than where the Democrats are today,” Ivanka said. “No one person or party has a monopoly on good idea.”
Ivanka’s husband, Jared Kushner recently said publicly last December that he had become a Republican.
“I was not a Republican,” he told reporters at the state-of-the-race briefing. “Now I’m a Republican. I think the Republican Party is growing now that people like me feel comfortable being part of it.”
Ivanka declined to say which Democrat she would like to see face off against her father in a general election.
“I definitely wouldn’t tell you that,” she said, calling every candidate in the field “very unique.”
Ivanka set to embark on a four-city fund-raising swing at the end of March, with stops in Oklahoma; Austin, Texas; Naples, Fla.; and New York City, with the goal of raising millions of dollars for the re-election campaign from first-time donors.