Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Why a happy photo of Ivanka Trump with her child provoked rage

When does a perfect Kodak moment between a mother and child become the target of instant online rage?
When the mother is Ivanka Trump, and the moment is posted to social media amid international headlines decrying her father's immigration policies – which have separated children from their parents as families seek asylum across the border from Mexico.

Ivanka Trump posted this photo to Instagram and Twitter on Sunday.
Ivanka Trump posted this photo to Instagram and Twitter on Sunday.
Photo: Twitter/Ivanka TrumpThe First Daughter posted a softly-lit photo of herself cuddling her son Theodore to both Twitter and Instagram on Sunday, with the simple caption of "My ♥️! #SundayMorning".

At any other time, such a post might have gone without much notice.

But for the past week, Americans have been tweeting
#WhereAreTheChildren after it was revealed
the US government lost track of 1475 unaccompanied minors last year. These were children who had arrived in America alone and been placed with carers, who may or may not have been relatives.

A previous case in which federal officials accidentally turned over eight immigrant children to human traffickers sparked widespread fears that these missing children may have ended up similarly victimized.

At the same time, images have been circulating of children, separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border and held in detention centres, sleeping on the floor.

This follows the May 7 announcement by US Attorney-General Jeff Sessions that the Justice Department would begin prosecuting "100 per cent" of people who crossed the border "unlawfully" – including those attempting to seek asylum legitimately.

This is resulting in parents being forcibly separated from their children as they are placed in adult prisons awaiting prosecution.

The children, meanwhile, are being held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

In the course of the day, Ms Trump's tweet gathered more than 19,000 replies, the majority of which – whether they saw her post as calculated cruelty or simply tone deaf – were angry.

"If there were a Tone-Deaf Olympics, you would be its Michael Phelps," tweeted John Pavlovitz.

Another user described Ms Trump's post as "the behavioral equivalent to lighting money on fire in front of a homeless person and spitting on them."

View image on Twitter

Meanwhile at ICE detention center. Note no seats for Moms on this bus.

Ivanka, to post something like this while YOU KNOW your father is taking screaming children away from their parents is the behavioral equivalent to lighting money on fire in front of a homeless person and spitting on them, which is something your father has also probably done. https://twitter.com/ivankatrump/status/1000770717628104710 

It is wonderful to know where your children are and hold them in your arms. I guess others don’t deserve to know where theirs are?



  1. We are going to march for stolen children June 14 , 2018 ...Cities across the US is also marching .
    Those kids has as much right to be here and that samn oragne monkey , tRUMP is also a murderer , look how he's killing not only America , but the world .Great post
    Love Witchy

    PS: Gil laughed at you so hard , he said he misspelle humble on purpose , he wanted to see would you grade him . I told you to watch out for him , he is a sevil like Dad.

  2. Good for you BAW. I think that is wonderful. I will watch for those marches. The Trumps have no idea what they are doing to people or maybe they just don't care.
    hahahaha! I saw that and just thought it was a typo. I should have red lined it.
    Love Shadow


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