Despite her prominence as first daughter and her official role as presidential assistant, Ivanka Trump wants it to be known that she and her father don't always see eye to eye. But after Us Weekly published a cover story titled "Why I Disagree With My Dad," memes and tweets playing on the article’s headline ridiculed the idea that Trump is indeed standing up to her father.
The crux of the story is that while Trump may act as a crucial and unapologetic ambassador for the administration's far-right (and in practice, decidedly non-populist) political agenda, she wants to be seen as a woman of personal conviction and a positive influence on her father. By way of her leverage, President Trump, the argument goes, deserves some credit from moderates and progressives alike.
That point, though, seems to have been undercut by reality. According to reports leading up to the president's decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement, Trump tried to convince her father against doing so. Assuming the reports were true, it seems her powers of persuasion weren't as strong as the public was led to believe, making her Us Weekly cover story even less plausible — and you bet social media users were there to let her know it.
1. Why My Brand Disagrees
Why My Brand Disagrees With My Dad's Brand https://t.co/1fTCt5egAu— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) June 7, 2017
2. A Square On Dystopia Bingo
“Once-witty supermarket tabloid shifts to fabricated palace dissent as propaganda for the regime” is definitely a square on Dystopia Bingo pic.twitter.com/3UawB3yeb4— Gabriel Roth (@gabrielroth) June 7, 2017
3. The Name Of The Xanga Post I Wrote
"why i disagree with my dad" is also the name of the xanga post i wrote when my dad wouldn't let me get my nose pierced— Jessica Roy (@JessicaKRoy) June 7, 2017
4. Also, My Brothers
"Why I disagree with my dad. Uh - and my husband. Also, my brothers. And those officials who jailed the people exposing my sweatshop, also, pic.twitter.com/tDGWvwWZSx— Nick Amadeus (@NickAmadeus) June 7, 2017
5. My Father Is Evil
See, this is how you do "Why I disagree with my dad." pic.twitter.com/qE7poojenO— Kyle Munzenrieder (@Munzenrieder) June 7, 2017
6. Silent Cover
7. Why I Disagree With My Dad
8. I Have A Lot To Talk About
hey wait is “why i disagree with my dad” now a viable magazine cover because i have a lot to talk about— Ryan Teague Beckwith (@ryanbeckwith) June 7, 2017
9. WHY I DISAGREE WITH MY DAD
10. It's For Branding Purposes
Ivanka: "Why I disagree with my Dad."— Justin Yandell (@ShotgunZen) June 7, 2017
SPOILERS: It's for branding purposes. https://t.co/IKaLEak2nN
11. To Maintain My Brand
"Why I disagree with my Dad: or how I learned to start worrying & try to maintain my brand after this admin goes up in flames"— Jordan (@LegitimateGeek) June 7, 2017
12. Ivanka Al-Ghul
13. Thank You So, So Much
14. You're Ruining My Brand
DADDY, YOU’RE RUINING MY BRAND pic.twitter.com/A6SJ32z9RQ— Anthony De Rosa 🗽 (@Anthony) June 7, 2017
15. I Want It Now
16. Sure, Jan
17. Why I Publicly Pretend To Disagree
18. wHy I diSaGReE wItH mY daD
19. Why I Disagree With My Dad
20. WHY I DISAGREE WITH MY DAD
21. When I Disagree With My Dad...
"When I disagree with my dad..." pic.twitter.com/ztx7LFVKOO— Alex Ferreyra (@captainkicker) June 7, 2017
22. What Would We Do Without Her
23. 'Us Weekly' Has Recently Been Purchased...
US Weekly has recently been purchased by pro-Trump media group. Before the purchase, it was running with a "Melania is unhappy" narrative https://t.co/lQHqsbPVvd— Tierney Sneed (@Tierney_Megan) June 7, 2017
OK, so that last one isn't exactly a joke or a meme, but it's important for understanding the context of all this. The National Enquirer, a ubiquitous supermarket checkout tabloid, has long been friendly to the Trumps, and the same company that owns it just took over Us Weekly. That's good to know, just in case you're wondering how they landed this not-so-hot, not-so-new Trump scoop. Rest assured that this Us Weekly narrative isn't something she's been at all shy about in the past.