It just goes to show that you should never offer up a guess what your critics are trying to say about you if you don't know exactly what their words mean. On Tuesday, the elder Trump daughter responded to one of the countless criticisms of her role in her father's administration, and did so in an excruciatingly awkward fashion, saying she didn't know "what it means to be complicit." And let's just say the internet had a field day. Here are some reactions to Ivanka's definition of complicit, including a sick burn from the fine folks at Merriam-Webster.
The charge against Ivanka has been lobbed both by serious-minded political observers and satirists alike. Saturday Night Live even sent her up as releasing a perfume called "Complicit." But in speaking to CBS' Gayle King on Tuesday morning, it became clear enough that the 35-year-old, now potentially one of the most influential women on Earth, didn't quite get the gag, or (by her claim, at least) didn't know the meaning of the word.
To say this sparked a reaction of Twitter would be, well, a severe understatement.
Merriam-Webster's definition of "complicit," for the record, is "helping to commit a crime or do wrong in some way." It is not, in other words, simply to be a party to something ― it carries an explicitly negative, rather sinister meaning. Which is why it would've probably been better for Ivanka if she hadn't flatly misstated what it meant, then confessed to not knowing. But alas, her loss proved to be social media's gain.
Here are 13 ways people responded to her remarks about complicity, which could be characterized as a rather epic self-awareness fail.
1. Merriam-Webster Wins The Day
📈'Complicit' is our #1 lookup after Ivanka Trump told CBS "I don’t know what it means to be complicit." https://t.co/HEqWBltPUc— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) April 5, 2017
2. That Kind Of Thing
It means when your father targets vulnerable women's access to healthcare, you say nothing. That kinda thing. https://t.co/kvNG1L6JNC— Bradley Whitford (@WhitfordBradley) April 5, 2017
3. Look It Up
Ivanka says she doesnt know what it means to b complicit. Well, that's a big part of being it. Jesus. #lookitup— Kathleen Madigan (@kathleenmadigan) April 5, 2017
4. If You Work In The White House
If you work in the WH, don’t advertise that you are ethically challenged. Putin can tell you what this word meanshttps://t.co/SGk9lXMrqW— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) April 5, 2017
5. This Is What Complicit Means
6. Ivanka Is Not The First
I will say this: Ivanka is not the first graduate of a large Pennsylvania university to not understand what "complicit" means https://t.co/froFzVT2TF— Erin 🎶Gloria🎶 Ryan (@morninggloria) April 5, 2017
7. But Just FYI
OK good but just FYI that's not what 'complicit' means. https://t.co/V92f8yrt0y— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) April 4, 2017
8. The Culture Of A Corrupt Admin
Idea Ivanka is somehow "the good Trump" needs to be dispelled. She is, in fact, complicit...and a driver of the culture of a corrupt admin. https://t.co/o237n8LbK1— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) April 5, 2017
9. Sort Of Like What You're Saying Here
It's sort of what you're saying here...pretending like you don't know: Ivanka dismisses 'complicit' critics https://t.co/Vpu0DwQ3K8— Laurie Bianchi (@lbian007) April 5, 2017
10. If Being Complicit Means
If being complicit means occasionally drinking too much on a tuesday and loving cadbury mini eggs then yes, I'm complicit. #Complicit— Nasty Woman (@justbeingbeans) April 5, 2017
11. In Addition To Not Knowing
It appears in addition to not knowing what complicit means, she doesn't know what independent means either. https://t.co/XFJC3Lues8— Alessandra Bonati (@Lessbonatina) April 5, 2017
12. When You Personally Take Part
complicit is when you personally take part in your father's nepotism along with your husband and brothers. https://t.co/Z9enn58O69— Joe Bruce (@josephlaw8) April 5, 2017
13. The One True Thing