Chelsea Handler says she once rejected Ivanka Trump straight to the first daughter’s face, only to be met with a shrug.
The “Chelsea” host — whose politically charged talk show's second season premiered this month on Netflix — recalled the encounter Friday over drinks with a small group of journalists at Teddy & The Bully Bar in downtown Washington.
Both Ivanka Trump, who serves as an adviser to her father at the White House, and Handler, an outspoken critic of President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new social media network called 'TRUTH Social' Virginia State Police investigating death threat against McAuliffe Meadows hires former deputy AG to represent him in Jan. 6 probe: report MORE, were among the speakers last October at Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women Summit in California.
Handler — who in the past has ripped Donald Trump, calling him a “toddler” and dubbing his 35-year-old daughter “a puppet” — said someone at the Fortune event brought Ivanka Trump over to meet her.
“I can’t even with you,” Handler recalls uttering to Trump. Handler mimicked the look she says Ivanka Trump responded with, shrugging while appearing bewildered.
Handler, 42, touched down in the nation’s capital this week to film a series of interviews for her chatfest, revealing upcoming sit-downs on her show with Democratic Sens. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenFranken targets senators from both parties in new comedy tour Al Franken on another Senate run: 'I'm keeping my options open' Andrew Cuomo and the death of shame MORE (Minn.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandUnder pressure, Democrats cut back spending The Memo: Cuts to big bill vex Democrats Progressives push back on decision to shrink Biden's paid family leave program MORE (N.Y.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOn The Money — Democrats eye tough choices as deadline looms Under pressure, Democrats cut back spending Progressives push back on decision to shrink Biden's paid family leave program MORE (Mass.).
Sipping a vodka with lime, the “Are You There, Vodka? It’s me, Chelsea” author weighed in on hot topics including everything from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson flirting with a presidential bid (“The Rock, or at this point I’d take a rock,” Handler quipped, quickly crediting another comedian for the one-liner) to personally encouraging “The Talk’s” Aisha Tyler to make a political bid.
When ITK asked what she’d say to critics who are sick of celebrities spouting off about politics, Handler replied that she started “from nothing.” Recalling waiting tables for seven years, Handler exclaimed, “I’m not allowed to have an opinion?!”