What do you do when you’re Jewish, but not really, and your father is a far-right antisemitic bigot who pushes violent rhetoric, and one of his fellow far-right antisemitic bigots shoots up a synagogue, and your father is partly to blame? You issue a statement about the matter, and then wait for the inevitable blowback.
Ivanka Trump posted this tweet in the aftermath of the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh: “America is stronger than the acts of a depraved bigot and anti-semite. All good Americans stand with the Jewish people to oppose acts of terror & share the horror, disgust & outrage over the massacre in Pittsburgh.
We must unite against hatred & evil. God bless those affected.” Very few were receptive to what she had to say, particularly considering that Donald Trump is a “depraved bigot and anti-semite.”
The responses on Twitter were less than kind. Vero Cruz replied, “Shes simply being theatrical. She does not care beyond her own children. Beyond her own wealth.” Tara Strong had a message for Ivanka as well: “You can start by telling your father to stop pushing antisemitic agendas. You can tell your father to ban the sales of AR15 guns to civilians, that is if you truly care beyond a tweet.”
And then there was the “POTUS Poker” account, which went ahead and said what the rest of us were all thinking: “Had there not been a horrific shooting, I would have thought this tweet is about your moronic father.” You can donate to Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue here.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report