Ivanka Trump had plans to attend Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20 - much to her father's chagrin, according to a White House insider, in order to save her aspiring political career as the White House plunges further into chaos and is being dubbed a 'circus on steroids.
'Ivanka is worried that her promising political career is in jeopardy and she's doing whatever she can to save her reputation,' the source says.
But President Trump was up in arms about Ivanka's decision.
'He said it's an insult that she would even want to engage with the crooks that are trying to bring him down,' says the insider, adding that Trump said the family must stand together and put on a united front.
'The president told his daughter that her presence at the inauguration will cost her thousands of supporters and would be the worst decision she could ever make,' they say.
Ivanka was convinced that by attending Biden's inauguration she would come across as 'being a good sport and will gain future supporters,' the source says.
'She said she has to protect her own political aspirations and isn't about to muck it all up by attending her dad's 2024 campaign kick-off which is set for the same day. She's leaving that for her dad and Don Jr.'
Another White House source has denied that she plans to attend the inauguration.
This comes as calls for Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office have intensified.
As of Monday, House Democrats formally unveiled articles to impeach Trump, charging him with 'incitement of insurrection.'
And tensions remain high in the final days of Trump's presidency, as our source says the White House has been 'dubbed a circus on steroids with Trump's kids desperately vying for control and staff members walking on pins and needles.'
'Don Jr. and Ivanka talk over each other, which is nothing new, just escalated to the nth degree,' they say.
The source adds that Ivanka was looking to attend the inauguration because she 'wants to be [her father's] voice and they owe it to the people.'
Donald Trump made it clear he wouldn't be attending Biden's January 20 inauguration in a tweet last week - before his social media accounts were permanently suspended.
'To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th,' he said Friday.
The last president not to attend his successor's swearing-in was President Andrew Johnson in 1869 - who had also been impeached. Both John Adams and John Quincy Adams snubbed their successors too.
And while Ivanka is trying to save face, she came under fire on Wednesday for describing the violent MAGA protesters who smashed their way into the Capitol as 'American Patriots' in a now-deleted tweet.
Protesters stormed the Capitol just moments after President Trump urged them to 'march on Congress' at the 'Save America' rally in Washington DC.
Capitol Police were seen with their guns drawn and aimed at the barricaded door of the US House chamber as the MAGA mob smashed the glass in the entrance doors in an attempt get inside. Other Trump supporters could be seen sitting in the Senate chamber and inside the offices of congress members.
But despite one woman being shot during the violent confrontation between cops and protesters and several others being killed, the President's daughter resisted telling his supporters to leave the building.
She tweeted: 'American Patriots - any security breach or disrespect to our law enforcement is unacceptable.
'The violence must stop immediately. Please be peaceful.'
She later deleted the tweet when outraged followers asked if she believed the attackers were 'patriots', adding 'Peaceful protest is patriotic. Violence is unacceptable and must be condemned in the strongest terms.'
A few hours later, supermodel Karlie Kloss, who is married to Josh Kushner, the younger brother of Ivanka's husband Jared, tweeted, 'Accepting the results of a legitimate democratic election is patriotic. Refusing to do so and inciting violence is anti-American.'
Ivanka is said to have been left 'surprised and hurt' by Kloss' comments.
Meanwhile, Melania Trump broke her silence Monday on last week's mob attack on the Capitol, saying she 'absolutely condemns the violence' incited by her husband and calling for 'healing' as the couple prepares to leave office.
Five days after the attacked that resulted in five deaths, the First Lady published a statement that acknowledged the deaths of her husband's supporters before the deaths of two Capitol Police officers.
'My heart goes out to: Air Force Veteran, Ashli Babbit, Benjamin Philips, Kevin Greeson, Rosanne Boyland, and Capitol Police Officers, Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood. I pray for their families comfort and strength during this difficult time,' she wrote.
But in her 600-word essay published by the White House, she quickly turned the situation to herself, slamming the 'salacious gossip, unwarranted personal attacks, and false misleading accusations on me' - a reference to reports she was conducting a photo shoot in the White House during the MAGA mob scene.
'I find it shameful that surrounding these tragic events there has been salacious gossip, unwarranted personal attacks, and false misleading accusations on me – from people who are looking to be relevant and have an agenda. This time is solely about healing our country and its citizens. It should not be used for personal gain,' she wrote in the message entitled Our Path Forward.
The essay is filled with spelling errors (Babbit's name was spelled wrong - it's Babbitt) and grammar mistakes.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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