We’re now facing the one year anniversary of the Nazi and white supremacist rally in Charlottesville which involved the murder of Heather Heyer, and which prompted Donald Trump to insist that there were “good people” on both sides. Trump’s words and policies are more racist than ever, as he has immigrant kids locked in cages and he attacks black athletes on Twitter. His daughter Ivanka Trump thought she could weigh in on the matter. It didn’t go well.
For reference, here’s what Ivanka Trump tweeted today: “One year ago in Charlottesville, we witnessed an ugly display of hatred, racism, bigotry & violence. While Americans are blessed to live in a nation that protects liberty, freedom of speech and diversity of opinion, there is no place for white supremacy, racism and neo-nazism in our great country. Rather than tearing each other down with hatred, racism & violence, we can lift one another up, strengthen our communities and strive to help every American achieve his or her full potential!”
The trouble: she’s done absolutely nothing to stop her father’s racist crime spree in the Oval Office, and she’s refused to publicly call him out for his racism. So does she get to make a statement like the one above? Not according to the internet. Political scientist Miranda Yaver fired back with this: “One year ago in Charlottesville, we saw your dad call Nazis and KKK members “very fine people.” You continue to stand by him. Don’t even pretend to give a damn about combatting bigotry.” Another respondent saw it this way: “We see what you and your father are doing right now. It’s midterms and now you want to acknowledge Heather’s death to gain votes. You or your father never supported Heather’s Mom but are now exploiting her death for votes.”
These negative responses were typical of what played out on Twitter overall. We couldn’t find more than a small handful of positive responses to Ivanka Trump’s words. Mainstream Americans are clearly not interested in what she’s selling.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report