One of the many problems with white privilege is that people become so blinded by it, they don’t know when they sound like absolute idiots when theirs is on display. In fact, it’s in these cases that those showcasing their privilege actually think they’re doing something on behalf of those people, whomever those people may be at a given time (poor, Latino, Muslim, individuals from/descendants of the African diaspora, etc.).
This manner of ignorance has been the pattern that various people close to Donald Trump have shown since he first announced his run for President, but even more so since he was sworn in. Providing yet another example of the level of cluelessness that Trump and those closest to him have are his daughter Ivanka and her newest so-called work on behalf of the poor and Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) endorsement of it.
Rubio tweeted (and Ivanka re-tweeted):
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) June 6, 2017
One of the many problems with this post is the fact that many poor/struggling parents will tell you that while they wouldn’t trade having a child/children for anything in the world, they wish they would’ve waited until they were in a better place financially to start their families. Ergo, Rubio and Ivanka have missed the mark – “allowing” the economically insecure to have children isn’t the issue that needs addressing in America. The large number of economically insecure people in America is the issue.
Echoing that sentiment are Twitter users below who point out the hypocrisy of Rubio’s facade of having an “it takes a village” mentality, when he, via his support of Trump’s policies, has endorsed funding cuts to many village–oriented programs:
Actually,it sounds like a great reason to put off having kids.
Oh,but u’re doing the”It Takes a Village” thing now? https://t.co/Eldx7qL8dM
— MrsPerrin -Conservtv (@MrsPerrin) June 7, 2017
Wow, who knew Rubio was a closet liberal? I heard from @benshapiro that Marco has the ‘spine of a jellyfish’ re: Ivanka’s village plan.
— Nancy Estes (@AmBeachy) June 7, 2017
Actually, they should. People who want to have children should be able to support them financially. That’s their responsibility.
— TheNatSecRoundtable (@nsroundtable) June 6, 2017
Others reminded Rubio that hecan’t front to be pro-village and anti-Affordable Care Act, Planned Parenthood, and other programs designed to help those struggling to make ends meet:
So what’s your position on prenatal and maternity care as an essential health benefit?
— Alison Kodjak (@alikodjakNPR) June 6, 2017
What about if the child gets sick. Leave ACA alone!
— Pete Grant (@batsoup) June 6, 2017
Trump is destroying the ACA. He admitted to sabotaging it. Republicans have already had their whole hands up to the shoulder in it.
— Lauren M (@Pandora4135) June 6, 2017
So tell me how much are you going to take from the poor to support this
Their Medicade food stamps?
— Benny the snitch (@Bennythesnitch) June 6, 2017
No family should be forced to HAVE children they are not prepared for due to a lack of access to birth control!! Let’s start there.
— Debby Davidson (@debyd48) June 6, 2017
Some pointed out how clueless Ivanka is to issues that impact those with low socio-econonomic status:
@marcorubio Ivanka has no idea what the average family deals with & your support of this woman is sickening.
— Sar (@New2017World) June 6, 2017
It’s great that entitled, jewelry designing heiresses finally have a voice!
— bob clendenin (@bobclendenin) June 7, 2017
Not one to mince words, one person said what many people were probably thinking after reading Rubio’s tweet:
Omg fuck off!
— Robin (@puppymnkey) June 6, 2017
However, the most telling replies were those that remind Americans not to be fooled by clever and disgusting distractions. Rubio had dinner with Donald Trump Tuesday night just hours before James Comey is scheduled to deliver testimony that many feel will be damning for Trump:
Interesting tweet on the heels of your dinner with Trump! You’re a shameful sell out @marcorubio
— Unpaid Protester (@djnutmeg) June 6, 2017
This lovely tweet and dinner at the WH tonight? Sounds a tad slimey, Marco.
— kate chappell (@kikileo101) June 6, 2017
Clearly, Rubio isn’t as clever as he thinks.
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