A tremendous amount of attention is currently focused on the city of Charlottesville, Virginia, where far-right white supremacist protesters faced off against anti-racist counter-protesters on Saturday afternoon. A reported 19 people were injured, and one killed, after a car plowed into a crowd of anti-racist demonstrators. The incident drew a widely panned response from President Donald Trump that placed blame on "many sides." And the lack of public statement from hish high-profile, allegedly influential daughter is also drawing some scrutiny: Ivanka Trump's non-response to Charlottesville is getting under some people's skin.
Update: On Sunday morning, Ivanka Trump responded to the news on Twitter, writing: "There should be no place in society for racism, white-supremacy, and neo-nazis. We must come together as Americans -- and be one country UNITED."
Earlier: Ivanka, along with her husband Jared Kushner, have long positioned themselves as the ostensibly reasonable, even somewhat progressive voices in the Trump administration, there to moderate the president's message and policies. However, this seems to have almost totally fallen apart in recent weeks, with Ivanka reportedly eager to deflate expectations about her influence over her father not long after he proclaimed that he wanted to ban transgender Americans from military service.
Needless to say, her father's statement on Charlottesville did not earn him much goodwill from anti-racists, progressives, leftists, and even some Republicans. But compared to Ivanka, he did at least said something ― she's been silent on the matter since it happened.
It’s important to note that both Ivanka and her husband are practicing Jews, and so may have avoided social media over the Shabbat period. At the time of this writing, however, Shabbat has been over for several hours.
1. Still No Statement?
2. If You Have A Shred Of Decency
3. Your Shameless Silence
4. Got History?
Dear Jared Kushner and Ivanka--as observant Jews I except you both to loudly declaim the self-named Nazis in Charlottesville. Got history?— Shelly Rae Clift (@ShellyRaeClift) August 13, 2017
5. Do You Think
Hey @IvankaTrump! Do you think you and your Jewish family could maybe get your dad to say Nazis, specifically, are bad?— Emily Heller (@MrEmilyHeller) August 12, 2017
6. Any Comment?
Hey @IvankaTrump. Look what your dad caused down in Charlottesville. Any comment?— gray (@graygraync) August 12, 2017
7. Silent Re: The Neo-Nazi Rally
Shabbat has been over for a few hours. Ivanka Trump, who sometimes weighs in on Twitter on major incidents, silent re the neo-Nazi rally.— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) August 13, 2017
8. Here's A Small Peek
.@IvankaTrump u got anything to say abt tonight? I know you've only been Jewish for a minute, but here's a small peak at our past & present.— Rachel Fisher (@TheRachelFisher) August 12, 2017
9. You Said To Lower Our Expectations
.@IvankaTrump I know you said to lower our expectations but Nazis came back under your advisory.— Bess Kalb (@bessbell) August 12, 2017
10. Where U At
sun’s been down for a while now…. @IvankaTrump where u at— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) August 13, 2017
11. More Top-Notch Advising
.@IvankaTrump more top notch advising; excellent work— Erin 🎶Gloria🎶 Ryan (@morninggloria) August 12, 2017
Lest you think it's unfair to demand a response from a presidential offspring, it's important to remember that Ivanka is far more than that. In addition to being a 35-year-old woman and having served as a passionate surrogate for her father's campaign, she's also a full-fledged government official, having officially joined the administration in late March. As such, there are expectations placed on her that wouldn't be for, say, her youngest brother Barron, or someone almost entirely removed from the administration like her sister Tiffany.
And, for the time being, she hasn't made a peep (or a tweet) about what transpired in Charlottesville on Saturday, to the apparent annoyance and displeasure of many. It remains to be seen whether she'll make any statement on the incident in the hours or days to come.