The people of Twitter were not going to let Ivanka Trump slide when she tweeted praise for civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. in honor of MLK Day. A lot of people were quick to call Ivanka Trump's tweet about Martin Luther King out, considering she's been supportive of her father, President Trump, who they point out has advocated for racist policies and has made headlines for his blatantly racist rhetoric. Ivanka doesn't seem to see the irony in this.
"Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the world’s great heroes," Ivanka tweeted. "Today we honor his profound life and legacy." She included a link to a GIF that included images of King speaking at rallies and protests in the 1960s.
People found it ironic that she would praise MLK when her dad is currently being condemned for his racist remarks about certain black and brown countries. Her dad's racist comments, in fact, go back decades. Many people called the First Daughter "complicit" in the president's racist rhetoric.
Ivanka was also recently called out on Twitter for supporting the Time's Up movement, which is meant to eradicate gender inequality and combat sexual harassment and assault. She's remained noticeably silent when it comes to the 19 women who've accused President Trump of sexual misconduct, much like she's remained hushed when it comes to her father's racially insensitive remarks.
Ivanka's followers immediately replied to her MLK tweet with messages about her dad being a racist and how she is passively supporting his bigoted beliefs.
A lot of people accused President Trump of being a racist, because he's been documented espousing racist views for years.
"You Are Complicit"
"Until you actively condemn your father's words and actions, you are complicit," someone wrote. "You don't get to play both sides."
She "Who Passively Accepts Evil"
King himself has said that being complicit in racism is the same thing as being racist. "He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it," he said. "He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it." Ivanka has never challenged her father's racially charged remarks.
"Get Him The Help He Needs"
Someone told Ivanka to get her dad "the help he needs." She added that she'd "love to quiz" the First Daughter's "knowledge on Dr King."
A lot of people used MLK quotes to call Ivanka out for her lack of action. "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience," King once said, "but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words
Someone replied to Ivanka with an image of MLK putting his hand over Trump's mouth as the president tweets, symbolizing how Trump's words have divided the American people, while King worked to bring them together.
This Admin Should Remain Silent
Someone tweeted an image of Trump with words like "racist" and "bully" over his face. "Please, Ivanka. You are complicit in our country’s division," they wrote. "This administration should remain silent on this day."
What Are You Doing?
People wanted Ivanka to do more than pay lip service to something as serious as racial injustice in America. They wanted to know exactly what she and her father were doing to "uphold [King's] life and legacy."
MLK Would've Hated The Trumps
Someone pointed out that King probably wouldn't be a fan of the current administration if he were alive today.
Apple Doesn't Fall Far From The Tree
A lot of people are accusing Ivanka of not being honest about how she feels, and think that her views align more with her father's than she sometimes lets on.
Many of Ivanka's followers asked her to please, just stop.
"Do Something About The Racial Divide"
"Time for America to stop dreaming," someone tweeted. "Awake! and do something about the racial divide."
We Don't Need Leaders In Love With Publicity & Money
Two things Donald Trump is known for are being rich and being able to draw massive media attention, which makes this particular MLK quote a fitting response to Ivanka's tweet. "We need leaders not in love with money but in love with justice," King said. "Not in love with publicity but in love with humanity."
Hate Doesn't Solve Problems
Instead of an MLK quote, someone opted for wise words from Maya Angelou. "[Hate] has caused a lot of problems in this world," she said, "but it has not solved one yet."
The Time Is Right
Someone reminded Ivanka of King's words again, when he said, "the time is always right to do what is right."
This isn't the first time Ivanka has showed appreciation for King on her timeline. On MLK Day in 2014, she tweeted this quote: "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." It's a good time for her to remember that quote again, and speak out against her father's racist rhetoric.