Perhaps nothing else has divided our country more fiercely than the 2016 presidential election. During his campaign, President-elect Donald Trump frequently riled up crowds and called for Hillary Clinton to be locked up, a phrase that ultimately became a rallying cry for his supporters. Post-election, those against Trump took to the streets in protest, calling for the Electoral College to vote for someone else. Now, the tension has taken to commercial air travel as two men were removed from a JetBlue flight for harassing Ivanka Trump.
According to TIME, a male passenger on the flight reportedly began shouting at Trump, saying, "Your father is ruining the country." The passenger and his husband were removed from the flight shortly after. One of the passengers involved, Matthew Lassner, tweeted about the events, before later deleting the tweets, saying, "Ivanka and Jared at JFK T5, flying commercial. My husband chased them down to harass them. #banalityofevil" and "Ivanka and Jared on our flight. My husband expressed displeasure in a calm tone, JetBlue staff overheard, and they kicked us off the plane." This contradicts that the passenger had been "yelling" at Trump, but ultimately JetBlue did decide to remove them for "causing conflict."
JetBlue responded to the incident, saying:
Unsurprisingly, people had a lot to say about the event on Twitter, defending Ivanka and her family as they traveled. These nine tweets about Ivanka's flight show that even if people disagree with her politically, they're not going to condone that type of harassment:
Some Admired Her For Traveling Commercial
How cool is it that Ivanka Trump flies commercial when she could take a private plane anywhere? How sad is it that morons harass her family?— gab.ai/Chrgdup1973 (@chrgdup1973) December 22, 2016
Others Praised Her For Keeping Her Cool
Good job @IvankaTrump! You kept your cool & sheltered your kids from a verbal assault. I'm proud of you! Nobody deserves treatment like that— Jonas Blane (@JonasBlane) December 22, 2016
Piers Morgan Defended Ivanka
Another Person Brought Up The Hypocrisy
Can a liberal explain to me how harassing Ivanka Trump, a working mother of 3, is acceptable from the party supposedly more pro-women?— RussiaMadeMeDoIt (@DisgruntledDoll) December 22, 2016
Someone Called For Civility
I can't believe "Ivanka Trump" was yelled at in front of her kids by a lawyer no less!! Where is the civility people?? That's so sad...— William Z. Nardi (@willthethinker) December 22, 2016
What If It Had Been Chelsea?
As usual Libs showing their hypocrisy/tolerance... Imagine the outrage if someone did this to Chelsea Clinton... I feel bad for Ivanka Trump— Trevin Shu (@RealTrevinShu) December 22, 2016
Another Called For A Response From Feminists
The silence of otherwise extremely vocal feminists regarding the recent abuse received by Ivanka Trump speaks volumes in and of itself.— Craig R. Brittain (@CraigRBrittain) December 22, 2016
And Lamented The Distressing Situation
It's disgusting that people find it is acceptable to accost @IvankaTrump while she is traveling with her family. Beam me up!— S. Frisco (@KMcCallaEsq) December 22, 2016
Maybe In A Different Setting It Would Have Been Better
Regardless of what you think of Trump, don't harass Ivanka when she's with her kids. There are more appropriate times to heckle. Fs.— Kopite AJ (@goaliegirl6) December 22, 2016
Regardless of someone's political beliefs, most people would agree that yelling at someone who's with their children on a flight probably isn't the most effective way to get your viewpoint across. Yes, many people are fearful of what will happen because of a Trump administration, but this does not solve the problem. It may feel nice to release some frustration, and people are certainly warranted in their worry for their futures, but finding a healthy way to express that is key for all of us in surviving the next four years.