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The founder of Solidcore found out Ivanka Trump visited her studio. Now she wants to meet with the first daughter.

Anne Mahlum is seeking a meeting with Ivanka Trump. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

Anne Mahlum, founder of Solidcore, the boutique fitness studio chain whose most famous fan is former first lady Michelle Obama, is seeking an audience with a member of the new first family.

On Thursday, Mahlum posted on her Facebook page that first daughter Ivanka Trump — a fitness buff who’s new to town — attended a workout session at one of her studios, booking the slot under an alias. Mahlum apparently caught wind of the VIP presence (that Secret Service detail is a dead giveaway), and now she wants to meet with the younger Trump — to talk politics, not abs. The post included her claim that the president is “threatening the rights of many of my beloved clients and coaches,” without elaboration.

Comments on the post varied, from praise for creating a “safe space” to criticism for violating Trump’s privacy and for probing a client’s political beliefs.

So shouldn’t politics end at the gym door? Mahlum, who wears her liberal politics proudly, couldn’t immediately be reached, and a White House spokeswoman didn’t respond to a request for comment.

But the incident underscores the dynamic that Ivanka Trump and her husband, top White House adviser Jared Kushner, are likely to find as they settle into life in Washington, a city where dear old dad won only 4 percent of the vote. Trump, as one of the most visible proxies for her father’s divisive White House, might just have to get used to her role as a lightning rod in designer clothes — or workout gear.