Tiffany Trump Posted A Vacation Selfie With Ivanka & The Internet Is Up In Arms Over It
Just one week after the GOP passed a tax bill that favors the extremely wealthy, Tiffany Trump shared a vacation selfie video on Twitter of her and Ivanka. In the clip, the bikini-clad women are hanging out poolside at their dad's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida as the song "O Holy Night" plays in the background. A lot of people felt that it was insensitive to share the video on a day when most Americans had to return to work. And on top of that, those same people probably won't see as big of a tax break as the billionaires benefiting from the Republicans' plan.
"Merry Christmas!" Tiffany says into the camera. There's an angel filter over her and Ivanka's faces, giving them small wings and golden halos. But this isn't the first time the Trump daughters, who haven't seemed particularly close in the past, basically acted like best friends. During the National Tree Lighting ceremony at the White House, for instance, Tiffany posted a photo of her and her older half-sister on Instagram. However, a lot of people are not happy about this latest video of the half-sisters, pointing out that maybe now isn't the best time to flaunt their wealth.
After posting the video, a lot of people criticized Tiffany and Ivanka for showing off their luxurious vacation during a time when many poor and working class Americans are losing health care and the extremely rich are seeing massive tax cuts.
"Sorry we missed you at the homeless shelter handing out Christmas gifts," someone tweeted in response to Tiffany's video. "Well that's embarrassing," another person wrote. "I hope my tax dollars aren't going to this mess," someone else added.
It does, in fact, cost tens of thousands of dollars for the Secret Service to protect the first daughters, not to mention the exorbitant costs their dad racks up every time he goes to the "Winter White House" — many people claimed in response that Tiffany should have rethought the vacation tweet before sending it out to her hundreds of thousands of followers.
"You and your family are so out of touch with reality," one Twitter user wrote. "Enjoy your vacation while people struggle every day."
The reactions were similar to those of the first lady's Christmas selfie, which got pretty intense. Melania posted a photo of herself on Monday wearing the Santa hat Snapchat filter. A lot of people were quick to call her out, saying it's easy for her to have a Merry Christmas because of her wealth and power.
"Unless you're one of the millions poor and deprived by wealthy scum," the Socialist Party of Great Britain replied to Melania's Christmas message.
While both of these posts are essentially the Trump women trying to have some fun with their followers, a lot of people aren't having it. They don't think now is the time for the family to celebrate, considering the damages of the tax bill the GOP passed just days before the holidays. For instance, the plan cuts billions of dollars from Medicare and public health services.
"There's not one of you with an ounce of class," someone commented on Tiffany and Ivanka's video. "Total embarrassment to our country."
Neither of the first daughters has responded to the backlash to the video, but Ivanka has shared praise for the new tax plan on Twitter.
"Starting in 2018, millions of small businesses will have substantially more money to... new equipment, increase inventory, pay workers more [and] create new jobs," she quoted the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) President and CEO Juanita Duggan. "The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is a once-in-a-generation achievement."
It's not hard to see why the Trump women are celebrating. The tax reform vote was a huge victory for Republicans, and under the new tax plan, Trump is expected to save an estimated $11 million to $15 million each year, according to a study by the Center for American Progress. And his family will save even more. Changes to the estate tax under the new bill will save Trump's heirs about $4.5 million.