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A happy photo of Ivanka Trump’s young son was bitterly contrasted with images of migrant families who were tear-gassed at the U.S. border.
On Friday, the first daughter tweeted photos of her 5-year-old son, Joseph, (whom she shares with husband Jared Kushner) on a family boating trip, writing, “Fishing with my favorite angler!” Two days later, when U.S. border control agents sprayed tear gas into a crowd of 500 migrants — including young children — who arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana, the photo denoted a political divide.
Fishing with my favorite angler! 🎣 pic.twitter.com/NthVzZCGhx
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) November 23, 2018
Ivanka’s photo of her son was retweeted by some and included references to the use of tear gas, which Trump officials claim was necessary after migrants allegedly threw “projectiles” at U.S. Border Control agents, reported the Washington Post.
Your father teargassed kids your son’s age today.
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) November 26, 2018
Wow kids sure do look happy when they aren’t being hit with tear gas!
— S. Adriane Kaylor (@AdrianeKaylor) November 25, 2018
Cool. Let’s talk about your daddy/secret boyfriend tear gassing children in diapers today.
Thoughts, Kremlin Barbie? pic.twitter.com/5YE8i7Bns2
— Red (@Redpainter1) November 26, 2018
Others connected the photo’s blue skies and sparkling water to the climate change crisis — on Friday, a report by Trump’s administration stated that the earth’s temperature is rising, in part due to human efforts, posing serious hazards to air, food and water. “I don’t believe it,” Trump said Monday, according to CNN, admitting that he had only read a portion of the findings. Trump also pointed to the contribution of “dirty” countries, not including the U.S.
Fishing in the water near Mar-a-Lago? Yeah. A few minutes from me. Hope you enjoy the polluted rotten water and the cancerous fish, all brought to you by the de-regulated industries that your dad, Rick Scott and the Repub party suck up to!
RESIGN! GO AWAY!!
— Lisa (@tweetersville) November 24, 2018
Enjoy it now. Climate Change will ruin the world's oceans…along with the fish! Oh and Mar-a-Lago will be underwater.
— V honor (@Vhonor4) November 24, 2018
Ivanka was also presented as heartless for sharing a joyful family moment during a politically charged time.
You were born without feelings or conscience. Your insensitivity is appalling.
— Callie Khouri (@CallieKhouri) November 26, 2018
You could avoid a large percentage of negative comments if you would only show that you have a conscience or some sense of morality and either speak out or to your father about the hateful, divisive rhetoric he tweets daily. Your silence only shows you're complicit.
— NYC Fan (@Manhattan1947) November 23, 2018
This isn’t the first time Ivanka’s family moments have been seen as tone deaf. In January 2017, when she tweeted a photo of herself wearing a silver Carolina Herrera dress days after the president issued an executive order banning people from several Muslim-majority countries, the $5,000 designer price tag was called tacky. More than a year later when many immigrant children were kept in U.S. detention facilities, separated from their families and covered with foil blankets, the dress had it’s own sarcastic “Who Wore it Better?” moment.
Who wore it better: Children detained in McAllen, Texas or Ivanka Trump pic.twitter.com/atifVrteeY
— Orli Matlow (@HireMeImFunny) June 18, 2018
And in May, when Ivanka tweeted a photo of herself hugging her youngest son, Theodore, during the height of family separations at the U.S. border, the first daughter was called complicit in light of asylum-seeking parents who yearned for their children.
On Monday, Melania Trump fared no better. She tweeted a video of the extravagant Christmas decorations at the White House after Sunday’s confrontation at the border and the president’s claims that many migrants coming from Mexico were “stone cold criminals.”
In return, the first lady was insulted for the glittery details — specifically, the scarlet-hued Christmas trees, which were equated with the color of migrant bloodshed on social media.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) November 26, 2018
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