Ivanka Trump's Boston Statement Has Twitter Confused About Where She Really Stands
As largely peaceful counter-protests against a controversial "free speech" rally wrapped up Saturday in Boston, President Donald Trump alleged there were "many anti-police agitators in Boston" and thanked local police for being "tough and smart." A few hours later, the president's eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, took to Twitter with a different sort of message. In sharp contrast to her father's initial response to Saturday's rallies in the Massachusetts capital, Ivanka praised counter-protesters in Boston for denouncing bigotry, racism, and anti-semitism. However, not everyone welcomed Ivanka's remarks.
"It was beautiful to see thousands of people across the U.S.A come together today to peacefully denounce bigotry, racism & anti-semitism," the first daughter tweeted Saturday as counter-protests in Boston wrapped up. "We must continue to come together, united as Americans!" a follow up tweet from Ivanka read.
But many on Twitter appeared unconvinced of the first daughter's sincerity and questioned why she didn't appear to be doing more to convince her father to denounce white supremacists, white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and the Ku Klux Klan.
Although Trump would later applaud protesters "speaking out against bigotry and hate" in Boston, his initial reaction appeared to imply the tens of thousands of counter-protestors who flooded the streets of Boston in protest of a controversial "free speech" rally they feared might serve as a platform for white nationalists were "anti-police agitators."
Earlier in the week, the president sparked outrage nationwide when he appeared to defend the white nationalists behind a violent rally in Charlottesville, saying there were "some very fine people" at the rally during a news conference at Trump Tower on Tuesday. He went on to say counter-protesters deserved a share of the blame for the violence that occurred.
Here's how people on Twitter reacted to Ivanka's Boston tweets:
Wouldn't It Be Nice?
Outspoken Trump critic Rosie O'Donnell confronted the first daughter about her father's unwillingness to denounce white nationalists who gathered last week in Charlottesville for a rally that ended in deadly violence.
Actress and activist Alyssa Milano also questioned whether Ivanka's praise of counter-protesters in Boston was a thinly-veiled swipe at her father.
Talk About Mixed Messages
More than one Twitter user was frustrated that shortly before Ivanka called counter-protests in Boston beautiful, the president had alleged they were made up of "anti-police agitators."
You Mean Those "Anti-Police Agitators?"
Some on Twitter questioned why the president wasn't among those coming together to "peacefully denounce bigotry, racism, and anti-semitism."
This Is NOT A Rhetorical Question
Did you read your dad's tweets? Asking for a friend.
The Elephant In The Room
One Twitter user reminded Ivanka that the rhetoric and opinions expressed by her father following a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville had served as significant motivation for counter-protestors to show up in Boston.
This Could Have Been Avoided
One Twitter user argued counter-protesters could have "spent a nice Sat with their families" if Trump had spoken out against white nationalists immediately following Charlottesville.
Words Are Meaningless
Some Twitter users reminded the first daughter that actions speak louder than tweets.
Where Were You?
Others wondered where Ivanka had been when white nationalist groups brought messages of hate and oppression to Charlottesville? (The first daughter condemned events in Charlottesville last weekend, tweeting, "There should be no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis.")
Wake Up, Speak Up
Some Twitter users urged the first daughter to speak up where it matters most: in the Oval Office.
You Should Join Us
Perhaps next time Ivanka will take a step off the sidelines and join those denouncing the hateful and racially-charged rhetoric supporters of her father use?
Ivanka, who converted to Judaism before marrying Jared Kushner in 2009, has often been accused of being complicit and not speaking out against her father's rhetoric or policy positions.