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Like her stepmother, first lady Melania Trump — whose post kicking off March as Women’s History Month sparked responses calling her a “trophy wife” — the senior White House adviser is catching flak not only for her father’s off-color comments about women, but also for his mockery of important scientific issues like climate change.
On Sunday, President Trump‘s oldest daughter marked the conclusion of Women’s History Month but noted that “every month is a good month to celebrate and encourage women pursuing an education, a career and the fulfillment of their individual dreams!”
Women’s History Month may be coming to an end but every month is a good month to celebrate and encourage women pursuing an education, a career, and the fulfillment of their individual dreams! #WomenInSTEM @NSF pic.twitter.com/ek99uk4tAM
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) March 31, 2019
A video accompanying the post shows a series of young girls and women working with computers, robots and various machinery to demonstrate the importance of supporting STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) opportunities for all. One girl at the start of the video appears to be assembling a makeshift wind turbine. Just days ago, the president, who has mocked climate change proposals like the Green New Deal, took aim at wind energy during a rally in Michigan.
TRUMP: “If Hillary got in… you’d be doing wind. Windmills. Weeeee. And if it doesn’t blow, you can forget about television for that night. ‘Darling, I want to watch television.’ ‘I’m sorry! The wind isn’t blowing.’ I know a lot about wind.” pic.twitter.com/tGsUIoUmUQ
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 29, 2019
Although conservatives — including brother Donald Trump Jr.‘s girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle, who hailed her as an “inspiration to so many women” — have called the first daughter a “true feminist,” many have accused her of condoning her father’s controversial behavior. As such, her post calling for the empowerment of women didn’t go over very well.
Critics also cited her father’s policies and accused the 37-year-old of not truly understanding what it means to work hard.
Your dad grabs them by the ****y and just kisses them without permission
— ALT-immigration 🛂 “immigration deepness” (@ALT_uscis) March 31, 2019
Please enough from princess west wing
— Patricia allen (@Eamon0303) March 31, 2019
Ha ha ha ha…LOL…haaaa haaaa ha! Oh wait! You’re serious? Please go back to designing your handbags & start paying those making them a decent living wage, AND start making them IN AMERICA…then you can have a serious discussion about Women in history.
— DetroitGirl (@MotownGirl2018) March 31, 2019
That is unless you rob them in early childhood of the opportunities that you received by birth, not by hard work, but by birth. Slashing money to young girls, especially girls with special needs, is un-American, despicable, but not surprising
— Peter V Emerson (@petervemerson) March 31, 2019
Funny how Ivanka only thinks that STEM involves computers, coding, and Insta ready pictures.
Who’s going to tell her SCIENCE is a 4-letter word in the administration of @realDonaldTrump?
— Renae M. (@Renae131) April 1, 2019
I'm a #WomanInSTEM, & you are NOT!
You make me sick, you claim to be doing all these wonderful things, yet you are just rich daddy's daughter,
making yourself important, just because dad is #POTUS!
— Christine Whybrow🏳️🌈 (@christine_w86) March 31, 2019
No TV tonight!!!!!!!!!!!
— gordon (@RetiredDoD) March 31, 2019
Not sure why you're replying to plastic Barby, she stands for everything anti woman. She had every advantage to be accomplished, instead she chose plastic surgery and stepping into roles she has zero preparation for. How is that empowering to women?
— renia (@renia2009) March 31, 2019
Still, many appreciated her message.
You are the real deal — someone most women should aspire to become!! Keep up the great work you are doing!!!
— colleen davis (@49cruiselover) April 1, 2019
You work very hard for the public. We appreciate you.😊
— Vickie Vaughan (@VickieVaughan19) April 1, 2019
Trump probably could have seen the backlash coming. Her Women’s History Month tweet last year also riled up critics, as did a post marking Black History Month in February. Many commenters pointed to her father’s support of racist birther conspiracies.
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