At least one person at the Republican National Convention is ready to see the first female president of the United States — it just isn’t the woman who will accept a major party nomination next week in Philadelphia.
“Ivanka (Trump) is very well qualified to be the first women president of the United States,” retired army colonel and consultant Allen Frenzel said, holding a large sign that read “Ivanka 2024” on the second floor concourse of the Quicken Loans Arena.
Frenzel, an alternate delegate for Hawaii, said that Donald Trump will win two terms in office and that his daughter, Ivanka, will learn the skills necessary to run for president.
Ivanka, 34, who first came to notoriety for her role on her dad’s reality television show on NBC, “The Apprentice,” has since written a book and has also modeled for multiple magazine covers. Ivanka has spent the good part of the last year working at her father’s side during Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
Frenzel said that he first saw Ivanka Trump on television while watching “The Apprentice” and he believes she has an exceptional resume to one day become president.
“I think that we are fully ready to accept a woman president,” Frenzel said. “She can think on her feet, she’s got brains and she’s a well-rounded full package.”
Matthew Mau, who drove from Springfield, Ill., to attend the convention, approached Frenzel after seeing his sign. He said he is optimistic about the country’s direction given the possibility of four terms of Trumps.
“I believe that under a Trump presidency for 16 years we’ll have great jobs for all Americans that want a job,” Mau said. “What we need to start looking at is good leaders and I think that she’ll make an amazing leader.”
One person who didn’t take the sign too seriously but said it comes from an affinity for the whole Trump family, is a Republican committeeman from Scottsdale, Ariz., Tim Horn.
“It’s kind of distracting ... but it underlies the fact that a lot of people have genuine affection and are impressed by that family,” said Horn, who noted that he was once a Democrat.
“You don’t have a family like that by accident,” Horn said. “It takes hard work and training and leadership to raise the kids right.”
Waiss David Aramesh is a Penn State University journalism student covering the Republican National Convention for the Centre Daily Times.