Dictionary Helps Ivanka Trump Define "Complicit" After She Falters on CBS
"I don't know what it means to be complicit, but I hope time will prove that I have done a good job," she said in an interview with 'CBS This Morning.'
Ivanka Trump sat down with CBS This Morning's Gayle King for her first public interview since being appointed her new role in the White House, assistant to the president, and Merriam-Webster was there to help.
In a preview of her sit-down set to air in full Wednesday, President Donald Trump's daughter spoke about her reaction to being labeled "complicit" in the workings of her father's administration and admitted that she doesn't quite know what the word means.
"If being complicit is wanting to be a force for good and to make a positive impact, then I'm complicit," she told King. "I don't know that the critics who may say that of me — if they found themselves in this very unique and unprecedented situation that I am now in — would do any differently than I'm doing."
She added, "I don't know what it means to be complicit, but I hope time will prove that I have done a good job and, much more importantly, that my father's administration is the success that I know that it will be."
Not long after the minute-long clip aired on CBS Tuesday morning, Merriam-Webster tweeted that "complicit" was trending as users searched for the official definition of the word, which the site lists as "helping to commit a crime or do wrong in some way."
'Complicit' is trending after Ivanka Trump told CBS "I don’t know what it means to be complicit." https://t.co/qE6UcB8pUz— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) April 4, 2017
The word also saw a spike in searches on Merriam-Webster back in March following a Saturday Night Live skit in which host Scarlett Johansson, parodying Ivanka Trump, became the face of a new perfume called "Complicit."
See the preview of her interview below.