Silverman revealed this nugget while talking, in-studio, with Chelsea Handler and Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards about the new administration and Planned Parenthood for Friday’s episode of Netflix’s Chelsea.
Handler and Richards noted Planned Parenthood is not just the “abortion” place, which Richards says keeps “getting repeated by politicians who know better.”
“This whole de-funding of Planned Parenthood that’s in this bill before the United States Senate would block access for everything else we do,” Richards said, noting abortions are not paid for by federal funding, so the bill “would have nothing to do with that.”
As for Ivanka, Richards said, “I talked to her and told her what we do. I explained in detail.”
“But, so far, the White House has been a total zero on women and women’s health,” she conceded. “I think Ivanka’s job now is that she’s in charge of all women’s issues. This would be time to kind of step up.”
Which caused Handler to wonder why First Daughter/POTUS adviser isn’t doing more.
“My friends are like, ‘She has no control; she’s just another puppet…circling around [Donald Trump].’ Do you think she has any influence at all?” Handler asked Silverman.
“I’m so dead inside when it comes to all of this,” Silverman confessed. “I feel so disheartened. I actually saw that she follows me on Twitter and I direct-messaged her and I was like, ‘This is your chance. You’re writing your life story here.’”
Handler wasn’t optimistic: “The fact [Ivanka] doesn’t call him out…I know all women feel this way toward Ivanka right now, but I’m like, ‘You need to tell that f**king *sshole this is an unacceptable way to treat women; we’re moving backwards!”
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