The Loose Women panel clashed with US President Donald Trump’s ex-wife Ivana Trump as she suggested that migrants are rapists in a live interview.
Ivana had appeared on Monday’s show from the US via video call and had been sharing her support of her ex-husband, who she was married to for 15 years and shares three children with.
It was the first live interview with Ivana since Donald Trump has been president and, while revealing that she shares the same views as her Repbulican ex-husband, the 71-year-old made shocking comments suggesting that migrants ‘rape women’.
She had been discussing Trump’s inauguration and said: ‘I was very, very proud, it was my husband of 15 years. I wish him all the best, I could see he would do a great job.
‘He is a Republican and so am I and he has done so much, especially with immigration.’
Ivana went on to make comments about the way migrants dress while making claims of migrants being rapists – with Jane Moore later calling out the star for her ‘offensive’ comments.
Ivana said: ‘A lot of people, they don’t dress even American, you know, they dress in whatever they dress in, and they don’t get jobs and they steal and they rape the women.’
Jane said: ‘What you’ve just said about migrants, I think a lot of people would find quite offensive, you’re a migrant yourself, do you not think you are shutting the door behind you? Do you not understand that a lot of people have desperate lives and they just want a better life?’
Jane commented that Ivana’s descriptions of migrants were ‘inhumane,’ prompting her to reply: ‘If it is inhumane, then it is that.’
Ivana continued: ‘Everybody has to pick themselves up, apply for the Visa properly, come to America and cross the border properly and then they go and get a job, get a first car, a first house…’
‘Those opportunities are very few and far between now,’ Jane hit back, as Ivana then added: ‘People don’t want to work and just want to come and get the benefits and get the food stamps and sleep on the benches – this is what we don’t want.’
‘I have my opinion, [Trump] has his, but I really agree with what he is doing, what he is doing for us and for the county and for the economy,’ she said.
The rest of the panel quickly shut down Ivana, insisting they don’t agree with the comments she had made, before moving the conversation on.
Viewers at home were quick to react on Twitter, with many praising Jane for calling out Ivana.
Others commented on the awkward live interview that saw Ivana brand Trump’s wife Melania as ‘quiet’ while shirking questions about her ex’s partner and vouched for her daughter Ivanka to become the first female US President.
‘Ivana is basically Donald. So hypocritical re immigrants. Appalling, vile woman. Bad move ITV – don’t ever have her back. #LooseWomen#[email protected],’ said one viewer.
Another fan called for Ofcom to get involved, as they tweeted: ‘I hope everyone tweeting how disgusting Ivana was make an ofcom complaint. #LooseWomen.’
Elsewhere in the interview, Ivana was asked whether she thought she would have done a good job as First Lady, with Trump’s ex replying: ‘I really don’t like the politics that much. I would do a great job in the White House, but it’s not my aspiration.
‘I’m at a stage in my life where I do whatever I want to do and go wherever I want to go… and I can afford it, thank god, so I’m free.’
Loose Women airs weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV.
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