Ivanka Tweeted Her Love To Barcelona & The Internet Screamed Charlottesville
On Friday, less than a day after terrorist attacks struck the Spanish cities of Barcelona and Cambrils, Ivanka Trump posted a photo to honor Barcelona victims on her Instagram and Twitter accounts.
"Deeply saddened by the ongoing acts of terrorism across the globe," Trump wrote in the photo caption on Instagram. "Terror anywhere imperils freedom everywhere. My thoughts and prayers are with the Barcelona victims and their families."
On Thursday, a large vehicle struck pedestrians at Barcelona's Las Ramblas district — a tree-lined street that serves as a popular tourist destination — reportedly killing 13 people and injuring over 100 others. Trump's father was quick to respond; the president swiftly condemned the attack in Barcelona in what appeared to be a conventional response before proceeding to evoke the myth of General Pershing.
But the president's quick response to what happened in Spain raised even more concerns about his earlier reactions to events in Charlottesville, Virginia. These concerns were also evident in social media users' response to Ivanka's Instagram and Twitter posts on Friday: Many of them felt that it was hypocritical for her to denounce global terror when her father has failed to explicitly condemn domestic terrorism here in the United States.
White nationalists and neo-Nazis gathered in Charlottesville on Saturday to defend a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee. Crowds of counter-protesters were present, too, and one of them — 32-year-old Heather Heyer — was killed when a man from Ohio plowed into the counter-protesters with his car. Although Ivanka subsequently condemned racism, white supremacy, and neo-Nazis on Twitter, her father briefly denounced white supremacists before back-tracking and attempting to pin the blame on the "alt-left" and violence on "many sides."
As a result, Trump's sincerity in condemning terror — not just in Barcelona, but "across the globe" — has prompted a significant amount of skepticism. People on Twitter responded to her photo by asking her why she hadn't condemned the terror in which her father appeared to be complicit, and whether or not she would classify what took place in Charlottesville as terrorism.
It is worth nothing that these responses did not criticize Trump for mourning the victims of the Barcelona attacks; instead, they were adamant that she should also address on what happened in her own country. As one commenter on Trump's Instagram post pointed out, her father's defense of the white supremacists in Charlottesville — and her subsequent silence — make it difficult to believe that she is equally concerned about the domestic terrorism that her father seemingly condones.