This week, Ivanka Trump came out about having postpartum depression after the births of each of her three children. Struggling with mental health challenges after childbirth is common, and terrible, and I feel awful for anyone who had to deal with it.
However, it’s a bit ironic that the same week Ivanka is talking about her experience, her father is pushing for a healthcare repeal bill that would gut pregnancy and mental health protections for Americans.
The Trump family only cares about the issues that will affect them personally. As the old saying goes: “Good for thee, but not for me.” Ivanka is not someone who will ever have to worry about having the money to get proper care for postpartum depression. She won’t have to worry about her children being denied the healthcare they need because she has plenty of money to cover any potential costs that may come up down the line.
The rest of us are not so lucky. Perhaps the senior adviser to the president could put more energy into helping American people and less into her own sympathy tour.
Glass half full
It’s hard to find good news in the middle of so many natural disasters tearing up whole cities and communities. But the incredible strength of people coming together in Mexico City to try to save children trapped in the rubble brought be a bit of hope this week.
What I’m RTing
Who I’m reading
Eli Hager at the NYT with a remarkable story, The Redemption and Rejection of Michelle Jones; my colleagues Jessica Glenza and Molly Redden on how the Republican party’s repeal bill would hit women the hardest; and a nice shareable info-sheet on what Betsy DeVos’s Title IX announcement means for colleges. (Send it to your friends still in school.)
What I’m writing
The shameful spectacle of Sean Spicer kicking off his redemption tour at the Emmys and the eternal uselessness of Ivanka Trump.
How outraged I am
I’m at a solid eight out of 10 on the rage scale: the Trump administration is deliberately ignoring research from the Department of Health and Human Services that shows the positive impact of refugees.
How I’m making it through this week
Be the flying puppy you want to see in the world.