Three days after Arizona was visited by three of four candidates on the 2020 presidential tickets, Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump’s daughter and adviser, returned to Arizona for another appearance in the battleground state on Sunday.
Ivanka Trump’s visit, her second in the past month, continued her father’s reelection campaign in an attempt to gain support from Republican and independent voters for the party’s candidates after early voting opened Oct. 7 in Arizona.
During her last visit on Sept. 16, Ivanka Trump participated in a roundtable discussion with Gov. Doug Ducey and local business leaders in Phoenix to laud what she said are the administration’s economic accomplishments. The two also paid a surprise visit to volunteers at a Latino for Trump Victory Office in south Phoenix.
At Sunday’s event, Ivanka Trump visited the American Way Market in Chandler to talk with the owners, Mike and Patricia Moore. After walking through the antique store, Ivanka Trump put on an apron and made homemade cookies with Shannon Tidwell, an employee with American Way Market.
She then headed to Paradise Valley, where she led a moderated discussion at the Mountain Shadows Resort Scottsdale, a luxury hotel in one of the wealthiest zip codes in the state, where the median household income was $204,145 in 2018 according to U.S. Census data.
About 200 or more people sat in white, folding chairs over a grassy area with a golf course and the scenic Camelback Mountain as the backdrop behind Ivanka Trump and the moderator, Hogan Gidley, the national press secretary for Trump’s reelection campaign.
Everyone stood for her as she walked onto the stage to The Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun.” Some in the audience wore masks, but most sat close together in chairs that were not more than one or two feet apart.
Prior to Sunday, the campaign said Ivanka Trump has “consistently” tested negative for COVID-19 for the past two weeks. Ivanka Trump wore a mask throughout the antique store and continued wearing it until the discussion.
Citing his reputation as a businessman and “not a politician,” the novel coronavirus, Trump’s health and the economy were just a few of many topics Ivanka Trump mentioned to the audience on Sunday, including how her father has helped the economy, the workforce and his response to COVID-19.
Ivanka Trump said a vaccine for COVID-19 is “coming very quickly,” echoing what her father has said about a quick development of a vaccine.
“If anyone has any doubt, I’ll be the first in line. Like, I know the rigorous standards that went into this,” Ivanka Trump said.
Ivanka Trump’s visit came after Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, all made campaign stops across Arizona on Thursday.
The three held dueling campaign events in the Grand Canyon State with hopes to win over undecided voters — it was also the first time Biden and Harris hosted any in-person events in Arizona.
Pence, who had visited Arizona three times before Thursday, held a rally at a tactical gear supply business in Peoria to continue Trump’s reelection campaign after the president was hospitalized for COVID-19 on Oct. 3.
When asked about Trump’s health, Ivanka Trump said, “he’s doing great,” and that he took his health seriously, received “good treatment” and “listened to what his doctors advised him.” She also said he was patient through the “many nagging calls” she made encouraging him to rest and relax.
“If anyone had any question about his health and vitality, I think watching him over the last week would reassure them tremendously,” Ivanka Trump said at the discussion.
Meanwhile, Biden and Harris made stops at the Heard Museum to meet with tribal leaders…