On September 6, President Donald Trump visited North Dakota to speak to its residents about the nation’s tax code.
However, his speech struck a bit of a chord when he mentioned how his daughter and adviser, Ivanka, asked if she could tag along with him on his trip.
He said (emphasis added):
“Should I bring Ivanka up? She’s so good. She wanted to make the trip. She said, ‘Dad, can I go with you?’ Actually, she said, ‘Daddy, can I go with you?’ I like that, right? ‘Daddy, can I go with you?’ I said, ‘Yes you can.'”
People were very quick to express their opinions about the 35-year-old still calling her father, “Daddy”:
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) September 6, 2017
In North Dakota Trump says Ivanka asked, “Daddy can I go with?”
…Whut? What grown ass woman talks that way?
— WI Bobbi (@wi_bobbi) September 6, 2017
As a mother this behavior makes me cringe. As a therapist it makes the perp-alert sound like a tornado warning
— DDLG (@ddlg238) September 7, 2017
“She actually said, “Daddy, can i go with you?” — Trump on his 35-year-old adult daughter Ivanka asking to travel with him to North Dakota
— Jacqueline Alemany (@JaxAlemany) September 6, 2017
Trump likes it when Ivanka calls him “daddy.”
*commence projectile vomiting* pic.twitter.com/xSeBUFXLlE
— Dane Rauschenberg (@SeeDaneRun) September 6, 2017
Tried to nap but then I remembered Ivanka calls Trump “daddy” and now I’m woke af.
— Bambi Blue (@BambiBlue) September 8, 2017
Ivanka calling Trump “Daddy” pic.twitter.com/7y7mpQ40ZU
— Neil Scully (@neilscully) September 8, 2017
As People magazine pointed out, this isn’t the first time Trump has made a comment about his daughter that caused some to cringe:
In 2006, the now president infamously told “The View” that “if Ivanka weren’t [his] daughter, perhaps [he] would be dating her.”
However, while many found his most recent “daddy” comments unsettling, others thought it was quite normal for Ivanka to call her father “daddy”:
apparently, the Left have a problem with Daughters calling their Father’s “Daddy”. You’re never too old to call your father daddy. #ivanka
— Alexandra (@FreeSpeechGirl) September 6, 2017
Can you believe that so many Democrats and The People give a sexual connotation to the Fatherly word “Daddy”.!!… https://t.co/e9hBLiShKB
— Pottie (@zs5zk) September 8, 2017
And the smile on Ivanka’s face as her father called her up to the stage made it seem as though she doesn’t think anything of it either.
What do you think? Is there a certain age that children should stop calling their parents, “mommy” and “daddy?”