If you’ve been keeping up with the familial affairs of America’s former first family, you likely know that things have been pretty awkward between Donald Trump and his favorite child, Ivanka Trump, for some time now. First, there was the New York Times article in which sources close enough to know what Ivanka and Jared Kushner talk about in the early hours of the morning—the latter, we assume, still in his footie pajamas—insisted the couple knew as early as November 5, 2020, that the then president was a loser who had lost the election to Joe Biden. (And also that Ivanka had only accompanied her dad to the Ellipse on January 6 because she was worried he would do something nuts.) Then there was the public breakup in which the former first daughter said she would not be joining her father’s 2024 campaign (and didn’t even deign to show up for his official announcement). In late March, she posted a phoned-in, literally disappearing statement about his Manhattan indictment. And now, she apparently can’t even be bothered to do that.

As of Monday afternoon, nearly four full days since Trump announced on Truth Social that he had been indicted by the Department of Justice for a whole bunch of crimes related to his handling of classified documents, Ivanka has yet to utter a peep about the matter on any of the social media accounts she maintains. The silence is in stark contrast to the reactions of Ivanka’s two eldest brothers, who characteristically fanned out to rage about the alleged injustice on their father. (Shortly after the news broke, Donald Trump Jr. shared a video featuring his namesake and wrote: “No matter what BS the establishment pulls to try to destroy him, he will NEVER stop fighting to Make America Great Again!” He also tweeted: “We’re living in a 3rd world Banana Republic and the only way to stop what the corrupt Biden DOJ is doing is to put @realDonaldTrump back in the White House!!!” For his part, Eric Trump retweeted a post by GOP rep. Jim Jordan that read, “Sad day for America. God Bless President Trump,” and one from Vivek Ramaswamy that noted “two tiers of justice: one for Trump, another for Biden.”)

Of course, the lack of public commentary from Ivanka should not come as a surprise, given that she has always been the Trump kid most concerned about her “brand,” and was presumably deeply unhappy when her association with her father—which she once reportedly believed could help make her the first female president—resulted in her effectively being shunned by polite society in her hometown. Also, as Page Six reported on Friday:

Ivanka Trump, who lives in Miami…“will be staying far away from daddy,” says a source. Another insider tells us, “Ivanka has disappeared.” […] When Trump was indicted on charges stemming from the [Stormy] Daniels scandal in March, Ivanka made a brief statement saying, “I love my father and I love my country. Today, I am pained for both. I appreciate the voices across the political spectrum expressing support and concern.” A source told Page Six at the time that Ivanka and her hubby, Jared Kushner, “want nothing to do with this.”

In contrast, according to the outlet, Melania Trump will “stand by her man” because she is “used to this” and “knows what she signed up for,” a deeply romantic sentiment that we hope was part of the couple’s 2005 wedding vows. The source also hilariously stated that the former first lady is “in a wait-and-see position. He’ll either be in prison or be president. Or both. It’s not a time for fighting within the family.”

Any lawyers out there want to pick up some work?

An indicted ex-president is looking for legal representation. Per CNN:

While the search for more attorneys to join Donald Trump’s legal team continues in Florida, his attorney Todd Blanche, a white-collar criminal defense lawyer, is expected to appear with the former president in court Tuesday, a Trump adviser tells CNN. Trump’s team spoke with a number of lawyers over the weekend, but it’s unclear as of now who the former president will formally hire to represent him in Florida, sources close to the process tell CNN. Trump’s team has been reaching out to Florida-based attorneys and firms to gauge their interest in joining them, sources tell CNN. Some Florida lawyers also are reaching out to the Trump team to express interest. 

Trump has had difficulties retaining seasoned attorneys as he faces an increasingly complicated web of legal troubles, and some firms are reluctant to take on Trump as a client because of concerns about reputational impacts and alienating other clients.

On Friday, two of Trump’s lawyers quit shortly after he was formally indicted for the second time in just over two months.

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