Does Ivanka Trump Know What These Words Mean? She Misuses Enough That Someone Put Them In A Twitter Thread
The President of the United States is not the only Trump whose grasp of the English language has been called into question as of late. As VICE writer Eve Peyser has consistently pointed out on Twitter, there is an increasing amount of evidence that Ivanka Trump maybe doesn’t know how to use words.
While some had held out hope that Ms. Trump would be a more moderate voice of reason in her father’s White House, the evidence that she is less a champion of women and more a faux #feminist is also mounting. Whatever voice she is contributing to the current administration understands women as little as it evidently understands how to use certain words.
Most recently, Ivanka Trump’s confusing use of words came in an excerpt from a Us Weekly interview, which Peyser shared on Twitter. In her tweet, Peyser noted “albeit” and “relative” should be added to the “running list of words Ivanka Trump doesn't know how to use.” Talking about her typical day, Ms. Trump tells Us Weekly she tries to keep her schedule “on a relative basis” and uses the baffling sentence, “Jared, albeit, is taking his toast and running out the door.” That entire sentence reads like poetry written by a predictive text robot.
This misuse of “albeit” and “relative” join such classic hits as the time Ivanka used the word “otherwise” in a confusing way. (In a weirdly worded tweet, Ms. Trump unintentionally implied that hanging out with her baby nephew sucked.) There was also an interview in which Ivanka described a competition as “highly competitive,” which is redundantly redundant.
Of course, we all make mistakes. It’s easy to flub a word when speaking aloud and who among us hasn’t kept a dictionary.com tab open while writing a college paper. (I’m sure you could find a typo or two and a grammatical error or fifty if you went through everything I’ve ever written. What I'm saying is if you wanted to put my spellcheck dependence on blast, it wouldn’t be hard to do so.)
However, the fact that Ivanka Trump has improperly used “happy birthday” would be almost impressive if it weren’t so confusing.
Perhaps Ivanka Trump’s most clear misunderstanding of words and how to use them came in an interview with CBS This Morning earlier this year when she essentially told America that she doesn’t know what “complicit” means. When Gayle King asked Ms. Trump whether she was “complicit” in her father’s agenda (as Ivanka Trump hadn’t publicly denounced those policies she did not agree with), Ivanka Trump’s long response included the sentence, “I don't know what it means to be complicit.” Ivanka also added, “If being complicit is wanting to be a force for good and to make a positive impact, then I'm complicit.”
You know who definitely understands what the word “complicit” means? Merriam-Webster, the literal dictionary. In fact, Merriam-Webster defined “complicit” for Ivanka Trump after their website saw a spike in people looking up the word thanks to her CBS interview.
To clarify, Merriam-Webster defines “complicit” as “helping to commit a crime or do wrong in some way.” Used in a sentence? “By not publicly denouncing her father’s anti-woman, anti-immigrant, and anti-Muslim policies, Ivanka Trump is complicit in the Trump administration’s agenda.”
It should come as little surprise that Ivanka Trump’s misuse of language sounds like someone desperately trying to cram every SAT vocab word they studied into the essay portion of the exam. Ivanka Trump is basically that kid who only got into Advanced English in high school because their parents complained and just repeats what someone else already said to get discussion credit in class. But Ivanka Trump would say on a relative basis, she is the best speaker of an otherwise eloquent family who, albeit, has “the best words.” Happy birthday.