Ivanka Trump’s new tweet commemorating Black History Month and calling for “greater equality for all Americans” has Twitter asking: “Have you met your father?”
On the first day of Black History Month on Thursday, President Donald Trump’s daughter and adviser tweeted: “During #BlackHistoryMonth, we celebrate heroes like Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who were sojourners for freedom — and we resolve to continue to bring greater, equality, dignity, and opportunity to all Americans, regardless of race or background.”
Her tweet was met with widespread backlash, however, with many declaring her words hypocritical and accusing the first daughter of being “complicit” in what critics called her father’s racist agenda.
Others took issue with Trump’s reference to “all Americans” during a month intended to celebrate the historical contributions of black people in the United States.
“Did Ivanka just make #BlackHistoryMonth about ALL Americans? What is wrong with her?” wrote one commenter.
“Maybe tag your father, I don’t think he knows,” said another, referencing Trump’s widely panned “both sides” comments about the deadly violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August.
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Another Twitter user mocked the president’s reference to Frederick Douglass in a Black History Month speech last year, where he seemed to imply that the long-dead abolitionist was still alive.
First Lady Melania Trump faced similar criticism for her Black History Month tweet on Thursday.
“Today marks the start of #BlackHistoryMonth,” the first lady wrote. “Let this be a time to come together in a celebration of diversity.”
“You mean come together and build the wall?” one tweeter fired back. “Because you’re not celebrating a damn diverse thing.”
Tweeted another critic: “Have you met your husband?”