Debra Messing Just Used Her GLAAD Acceptance Speech To Ask Ivanka Trump To Take Action

"Ivanka, please, please stop blindly defending your father, and start defending what you say you believe in."

Actress and Hillary Clinton supporter Debra Messing has made her disdain for President Trump and his administration's policies known, and now the Will & Grace star has a plea for his daughter, Ivanka, who insiders say is more levelheaded and pragmatic than her dad.

During her Excellence in Media Award acceptance speech at the GLAAD Media Awards on May 6, Messing spoke to Ivanka directly. "Let's talk for a second, one Jewish mother to another," she began as the audience laughed. "It is not enough to simply say that women's issues are important to you, it's time to do something."

Ivanka considers herself a champion for women's rights and working mothers (as evidenced by her recently release book Women Who Work), but since relocating to Washington, D.C. and becoming a close personal aide of President Trump, the 35-year-old has yet to make any public strides for either group she has promised to defend or use her influence in a meaningful way. And although her father's presidency is still young, many argue she's had the opportunity to make a difference.

In fact, when the House passed the American Health Care Act on May 4, many criticized the bill (which counts C-sections, rape, and sexual assault among pre-existing conditions but covers erectile dysfunction) for failing to provide adequate healthcare for women.



Messing, for her part, seems to hope that the president's daughter will take the lead.

"Ivanka, you can change the lives of millions of women and children just by telling your dad stories about real people who are suffering. Don't let him separate immigrant mothers from their American-born children. Don't let him take healthcare away from women who need it," Messing added as the audience's applause grew louder and louder. "Don't allow him to make trans kids like Gavin fight in court for their basic human dignity."

Those requests were in direct response to the Trump administration's desire to deport undocumented immigrants, the unveiling of the AHCA, and the rollback of Obama-era federal protections for transgender students.

 "Ivanka, please," Messing said, "stop blindly defending your father, and start defending what you say you believe in."

Messing's call to action for Ivanka echoes an earlier statement made by Jane Goodall and comes just days after late night host Jimmy Kimmel made an emotional plea to President Trump and Congress regarding healthcare. Kimmel, who revealed his newborn son Billy has congenital heart disease (classified as a pre-existing condition under the AHCA) said tearfully, "No parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child's life. It just shouldn't happen, not here." 


Ivanka has yet to respond to Messing's impassioned speech, but when asked about Jimmy Kimmel's plea last week, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer spun the story to the administration's advantage. "We share that concern for the Kimmels' child, as well as any child that needs care," Spicer told reporters via CNN. "That's frankly why the president fought so hard like he did this morning to improve the bill to sure there was an extra layer of protection for anybody with a pre-existing condition no matter their stage in life."

While it's true everyone will have access to healthcare through the AHCA because the bill doesn't allow insurance companies to deny people coverage on account of a pre-existing condition, those with pre-existing conditions should expect much higher premiums. In other words, health care will be accessible for those with a pre-existing condition, but it may not be affordable.

Messing evidently hopes that her plea to Ivanka will engender a more compassionate response.


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