On July 20, the Trump family and friends gathered to celebrate the life of Ivana Trump. The socialite was the former president’s first wife and the mother of the three eldest Trump children. Shortly after her death, her immediate family began making statements about her life on social media. Donald Trump took to his platform, Truth Social, to write (via The Hill), “She was a wonderful, beautiful and amazing woman who lived an amazing and inspiring life.”
Her funeral provided another forum for those who loved her to share their memories. The New York Times documented the speeches of her many eulogists, including words from Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. According to their reporting, the former delivered a humorous speech about how her mother frequently encouraged her to dress less conservatively. She shared that Ivana believed in it “[flaunting] her while you have her” and that Ivanka’s “miniskirts weren’t small enough”.
Outside of her children, a woman named Dorothy Curry had the opportunity to speak. Curry worked in Ivana’s household for a long time as a nanny for the Trump children. While her job would presumably put her in the unique position of knowing many memorable stories, her eulogy turned unexpectedly somber.
Dorothy Curry seemed to toast the Trumps in her eulogy
Dorothy Curry’s eulogy didn’t particularly focus on her time with the Trump family. Instead, she spoke about her experiences as a friend of Ivana Trump in the later years of her life. According to The New York Times, she spoke of “the spring and summer of her life, followed by a fall and an ‘inevitable winter’ in which ‘roses died’, as her former employer’s dream field became a ‘sinking swamp’ of ‘parasites’ ‘who had kept her ‘afloat’ with ‘illegal dreams and schemes’.
The dark tone and harsh language of her message even managed to outshine Donald Trump Jr.’s eulogy, which recalled times when his mother physically punished him. While the funeral was somewhat glamorous — it included a gold-colored coffin, according to the Times — Curry painted a picture of life as bleak and isolated.
The ominous speech was picked up by those who have bought into an online conspiracy over Ivana’s death. As reported by Rolling Stone, the phrase “Epsteined” was trending after the woman’s death – suggesting her fall down the stairs was actually a planned assassination attempt to protect the Trump family from information she may know. The family is currently involved in a New York State investigation into their business dealings. As the article notes, the speculation is completely unfounded… but that hasn’t stopped the Twitter trolls from speculating.
The speech only fueled conspiracy theorists
After the release of the New York Times’ grief coverage, the internet exploded with speculation. “I wonder if anyone cares [Dorothy’s] Statement… There’s more to this story than that,” one said reader of the article. “I’d like to hear more from Dorothy Curry…” one Twitter user wrote. Other chimed in, “I hope Dorothy Curry writes a book and that @BernsteinJacob helps her write it.” Jacob Bernstein, in particular, wrote the original Times article on the eulogies.
The reporting, which hasn’t shrunk from subtly attacking the famous family, has been praised of many: “Watch and learn, children. Even those who did not believe the conspiracy pointed out the oddity of the service. one put it quite well: “Tea at the funeral, Chile.” Other said: “These tributes to her children are quite sad. Was this the best they could think of doing?”
However, the Trump family seemed pleased with how the funeral went. The former president took to Truth Social (via NPR) to write, “A very sad day but at the same time a celebration of a wonderful and beautiful life.” Also, Dorothy Curry’s account of Ivana’s lonely life seems at odds with how others have portrayed it .
The eulogy is at odds with other accounts of Ivana’s life
While Dorothy Curry painted a picture of a lonely life, Donald Trump Jr. used his speech to describe his late mother as “fearless and independent,” according to the New York Post. He pointed to her life experience when leaving the Czech Republic. Ivanka Trump also shared that her mom was “just kidding.”
Curry also implied that Ivana’s close associates and family were simply parasites, but Ivana herself told a different story. Despite Donald Trump’s affair during their marriage, the couple remained close. In an interview with CBS Sunday Morning (via CNN), Ivana revealed that the former president had given her the opportunity to become the American ambassador to the Czech Republic, but she turned it down because she already had “a perfect life.”
Just five years before her death, Ivana published a memoir called “Raising Trump” about her experiences as a mother. While the book had some complaints — like the logistics of each of her children attending various exclusive private schools, per Entertainment Weekly — she seemed largely to enjoy the role. While we can’t talk about how things have changed in their final years, there’s no evidence of a strained relationship or foul play.