Ivanka for Pres­i­dent?

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Get ready for an Ivanka

Trump 2020 cam­paign, at least ac­cord­ing to Mika Brzezin­ski.

The po­lit­i­cal scion, co­host of MSNBC's Morn­ing Joe and a “for­mer” friend of the Trump fam­ily told The New Yorker's David Rem­nick as much dur­ing the first evening of the mag­a­zine's an­nual fes­ti­val.

Joe Scar­bor­ough, the still­con­ser­va­tive al­though no longer repub­lic a “Joe” of “Morn­ing

Joe,” sup­ported the the­ory and ex­plained to a sur­prised Rem­nick his fi­ancée's strong track record in pres­i­den­tial pre­dic­tions.

“Mika pre­dicted in June

2007 Obama would win, she pre­dicted in June of 2015 that Don­ald Trump would win and now she's pre­dict­ing Ivanka in 2020,” Scar­bor­ough said, but clar­i­fied that right now it's just a pre­dic­tion that the first daugh­ter will run, not that she'll win.

When Rem­nick asked for specifics of Brzezin­ski's in­sight, which was not only plainly dis­turb­ing to all three of the peo­ple on stage, but most of the au­di­ence as they ex­changed groans, scoffs and sighs while the host (who oddly kept her sun­glasses atop her head dur­ing the en­tire dis­cus­sion) briefly ex­plained her­self.

“[Don­ald Trump's] got an ob­ses­sion with po­si­tion­ing her; there's clear am­bi­tion on her part, I mean, she's got th­ese care­fully crafted siz­zle reels on In­sta­gram…she's go­ing to all of the key states, go­ing to all of the key com­pa­nies, tak­ing pho­tos and giv­ing speeches and she al­ways stands at a pres­i­den­tial podium,” Brzezin­ski said.

Rem­nick seemed al­most a lit­tle dazed by the thought of Don­ald Trump not seek­ing re­elec­tion, but also that his daugh­ter could po­ten­tially be the coun­try's first fe­male pres­i­dent.

Talk of just-con­firmed Supreme Court jus­tice Brett Ka­vanaugh and the me­dia's han­dling of al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual as­sault as a drunk teen by Chris­tine Blasey Ford and a drunk young adult by two other women, dom­i­nated a lot of the 90-minute con­ver­sa­tion.

Brzezin­ski, who said he's un­fit for the seat based on his re­fusal to say whether the Con­sti­tu­tion al­lows a pres­i­dent to pro­hibit en­try to the U.S. based on their re­li­gion, among many other eva­sions dur­ing his ini­tial round of Con­gres­sional in­ter­views, blamed “the me­dia” for his cer­tain con­fir­ma­tion.

“Twenty-four seven I watched ca­ble and net­work TV and I watched guest, af­ter guest, af­ter guest con­vict Ka­vanaugh…and he may have done it, but he may not have,” she said. “Ev­ery­one was mak­ing the leap, Democrats did it and mem­bers of the me­dia did it and I think it whit­tled away at our cred­i­bil­ity.”

Scar­bor­ough leaned into blam­ing Sen. Dianne Fe­in­stein, who had a let­ter from Ford re­gard­ing her al­le­ga­tions, but didn't make pub­lic be­cause Ford had re­quested anonymity. It was only re­leased af­ter Ka­vanaugh's first Con­gres­sional in­ter­view.

“It was cyn­i­cally re­leased,” Scar­bor­ough, a for­mer con­gress­man in Flor­ida, said. “I would have loved three or four weeks to re­ally in­ves­ti­gate the claims and his tes­ti­mony, much of which I be­lieve to be false.”

Later in the evening, Ro­nan Farrow took to a sep­a­rate stage with New Yorker ed­i­tor Deirdre Fo­ley-Men­delssohn, to talk about his year of sto­ries for the mag­a­zine mainly fo­cused on out­ing al­leged sex­ual abusers, start­ing with Har­vey We­in­stein and con­tin­u­ing most re­cently with Ka­vanaugh. Serendip­i­tously, or not, that's where the con­ver­sa­tion be­gan and ended, as well, but it was pep­pered with al­most con­stant men­tions of Farrow's many aca­demic ac­com­plish­ments: grad­u­at­ing col­lege at 15; a law de­gree from Yale at 22 fol­lowed by pass­ing the New York Bar; now 30, he's just sub­mit­ted his Ph.D. the­sis, which was brought up at least half-a-dozen times on stage.

De­spite all of his ed­u­ca­tion and priv­i­lege, be­ing the son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, Farrow in­sisted that his ca­reer was “at rock bot­tom” be­fore The New Yorker pub­lished his story on We­in­stein, a story he was told re­peat­edly by un­named news ex­ec­u­tives “was not a story.”

“My con­tract [with NBC News] was end­ing af­ter I re­fused to stop those [We­in­stein] in­ter­views and I did not have a new one, my book pub­lisher dropped me, re­fus­ing to look at even one page of a man­u­script I'd la­bored over for years, I'd learned that an­other news out­let [The New York Times] was rac­ing to scoop me and that I was fall­ing be­hind,” Farrow said.

All that's changed. In the year since. Farrow's book has been pub­lished and he's work­ing on an­other (about the We­in­stein story and his trou­ble pub­lish­ing it), and prob­a­bly an­other af­ter that. There's a deal with HBO and plenty of sto­ries com­ing his way. He hinted that there's even more to come on Ka­vanaugh.

While the event was billed as a talk be­tween Farrow and Fo­leyMen­delssohn, Farrow ac­tu­ally gave a 30-minute speech at the start. He was well-spo­ken and re­laxed and his anec­do­tal jokes hit (it was a sym­pa­thetic crowd, but still). He spoke of jour­nal­ism, the im­por­tance of good edi­tors, his re­cent work, but also broadly about the “ex­tra­or­di­nary mo­ment” the coun­try is in cul­tur­ally, the “sys­tems” at work that di­vide peo­ple, the “two dif­fer­ent me­dias,” the ques­tion of “whether the hard thing is also the right thing.”

Maybe Ivanka Trump isn't the only one with pres­i­den­tial, or at least po­lit­i­cal, am­bi­tions.


Mika Brzezin­ski and Joe Scar­bor­ough

Ro­nan Farrow in New York ear­lier this year.

Maria Grazia Chi­uri

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