NOVEMBER 19, 2020
- Ivanka Trump’s childhood friend wrote a tell-all essay for Vanity Fair that she hopes will make it harder for Trump to reclaim her old social life after her father’s presidency.
- Lysandra Ohrstrom, who was the maid of honor at Trump’s wedding to Jared Kushner, said she wanted Trump to “never recover from the decision to tie her fate to her father’s.”
- Ohrstrom alleged that Trump was unpleasant at school, expressed anti-Arab sentiments, and had a distaste for “poor people.”
Lysandra Ohrstrom, Ivanka Trump’s childhood friend, wrote a tell-all essay for Vanity Fair, published Tuesday, that she said she hoped would prevent Trump from being able to reclaim her old social life after her father’s presidency.
Ohrstrom said that she met Trump in the seventh grade at their all-girls school in New York and that they stayed close for more than a decade, becoming “more sisters than best friends.”
Ohrstrom was the maid of honor at Trump’s wedding to Jared Kushner in 2009.
But Ohrstrom said their different stances on social issues led to them grow apart. She said that many in her circle now have a similar distaste for Trump but have been reluctant to say so in public.
Ohrstrom said she hoped in 2016 that Trump would “moderate her father’s most regressive, racist tendencies” while serving as a White House advisor. But she was disappointed.
Ohrstrom said she thought Trump’s reasons for doing so would be cynical — “not out of any moral commitment, but because caging young children and ripping up global climate agreements was not a good look in the halls of Davos.”
When that didn’t happen, Ohrstrom said, she was motivated to speak out to make it harder for Trump to return to her old high-society life.
“I think it’s past time that one of the many critics from Ivanka’s childhood comes forward—if only to ensure that she really will never recover from the decision to tie her fate to her father’s,” she wrote.
CNN reported over the weekend that New York’s social elite looked likely to reject Trump and Kushner.
“I expect Ivanka will find a soft landing in Palm Beach instead, where casual white supremacy is de rigueur and most misdeeds are forgiven if you have enough money,” Ohrstrom wrote.
These are some of the allegations Ohrstrom made in her Vanity Fair essay:
- Trump told Ohrstrom that her necklace that spelled her name in Arabic “screams ‘terrorist.'”
- Trump once rejected Ohrstrom’s book recommendation by asking, “Why would you tell me to read a book about f—ing poor people?”
- Trump’s father would keep a mental record of how Ohrstrom’s body looked and note changes and would ask which of his daughter’s classmates were “prettier” than her.
- Ivanka “had the Trump radar for status, money, and power, and her dad’s instinct to throw others under the bus to save herself.”
- She told Ohrstrom she had “really turned into a Marxist” while they were “having some sort of disagreement about affordable housing in Manhattan.”