Ivanka Trump has been awfully quiet of late, as her father’s political moves become more extremist and criminal, and his ongoing scandals come closer to ousting him. For reasons known only to her, she decided to reemerge today, only to try to make a sympathy play for herself. It went extraordinarily poorly, as the backlash against her came fast and furious.
More than a month ago, Donald Trump began kidnapping immigrant children from their parents and locking them in cages in concentration camps. Since that time the courts have ruled that his actions were illegal, and have ordered him to give his child hostages back to their parents, which he has still largely failed to do. But nevermind that families have been destroyed and lives have been ruined and children are being tortured, because Ivanka Trump wants you to know that the real victim in this scandal is her.
That’s right, Ivanka told an interviewer today that her father’s child concentration camps are “low point for me.” She then went on to claim that “I feel very strongly about that. And I am very vehemently against family separation and the separation of parents and children.” This comes after she’s spent all this time refusing to publicly speak out against her father’s criminal torture of these children. Somewhere in there, Ivanka also claimed that the media are not the “enemy of the people,” a phrase her father has long used. Again, she waited all this time to finally say something, making it ring hollow.
MSNBC’s Ari Melber said it best when he tweeted this about Ivanka Trump: “You cannot truthfully claim you ‘very vehemently’ oppose something when you literally don’t do anything to oppose it.” In response to the Ivanka controversy, Donald Trump posted this logically incoherent and frankly berserk tweet: “They asked my daughter Ivanka whether or not the media is the enemy of the people. She correctly said no. It is the FAKE NEWS, which is a large percentage of the media, that is the enemy of the people!”
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report