To say that the Trumps have been embroiled in controversy since the belligerent Donald Trump became president would be an understatement. The overwhelming majority of this controversy has been of their own doing, but judging off of one of Ivanka Trump’s latest Twitter posts, this fact doesn’t seem to be all that clear to the Trump family.
Donald Trump rose to power on a platform marked by aggressive, unrestrained racism. Some of his very first remarks in the national spotlight consisted of attacks on minority communities, particularly Mexican immigrants to the U.S.
Since taking office, Trump has not had the opportunity to actually see the wall go up that he has called for along the U.S./Mexico border.
He went on from attacks on Mexican immigrants to attack Muslims as well, claiming after a mass shooting in the U.S. that there was some reason to impose a ban on Muslims traveling to the United States.
The racist belligerence associated with Donald Trump doesn’t end there. In the immediate aftermath of his election, there were widely circulated reports of an increased rate of hate crimes against minorities in the U.S. Bigots, emboldened by Trump rising to power on the strength of his racist rhetoric, found courage to step further out of the shadows than before.
This emboldening of racists culminated in a weekend of violence earlier this year, when thousands of white supremacists descended upon the town of Charlottesville, Virginia, to “protest” the city’s plans to remove a statue of the slave owner and Confederate general Robert E. Lee. An unsurprising number of counterprotesters showed up to meet the white supremacists, and in the violence that followed, one of those counterprotesters — a woman named Heather Heyer — was killed in a car ramming attack carried out by a white supremacist.
Trump fumbled over his response to that weekend of violence — to put it lightly — initially refusing to single out the white supremacists for any special condemnation.
Instead, he insisted in the after math of the violence that “both sides” deserved blame, earning him wide condemnation.
Throughout all of this, Trump attracted the open support of interests like the white supremacists who assembled in Charlottesville. He’s reciprocated their support through such means as him expressing support for the idea that taking down statues like the one of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville is wrong.
He has, in this case and in other cases, ignored the very real problem of racism in the United States. He proved himself unwilling to acknowledge concerns about racism again when speaking about the choice of some football players to take a knee during the national anthem to bring attention to the plight of African Americans in the U.S.
He said earlier this year that NFL officials should fire the “sons of bitches” who do so.
In light of all of this, it might not have been the best idea for Ivanka Trump to post an image to Twitter with a Confederate flag in the background.
Although many claim it as nothing more than a cultural symbol, it is also a symbol of the racism that the Confederacy stood for.
Check out Ivanka’s Twitter post, chronicling a family fishing trip, below.
To any kid, this fish is a trophy! ? ? ? pic.twitter.com/wSpMZ0aFkQ
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) December 26, 2017
Check out the image with the Confederate flag in it by itself below.
Check out Twitter’s response below.
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