Ivanka Trump’s MLK Jr. Day Tweet Just Backfired In Spectacular Fashion
Ivanka Trump is being dragged online after sharing a “tribute” to Martin Luther King, Jr on Twitter. This year’s holiday honoring the civil rights leader comes at a fraught moment for Donald Trump’s presidency. And by association, Ivanka Trump’s MLK Jr. Day tweet is facing a major backlash.
“Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the world’s great heroes,” wrote Ivanka Trump on Twitter, sharing a black-and-white photo of King. “Today we honor his profound life and legacy.”
It didn’t go well. Social media users were quick to remind the president’s daughter about her “racist” father, Donald Trump.
In response to her tweet, many users tore into the younger Trump over what they saw as her complicity in not taking a stronger stance against her father, his words, and his policy in regards to racism. “You deserve blame for every racist, misogynistic word he utters, Ivanka,” wrote user Justin Hendrix.
Several users shared quotes by King himself about not taking action in the face of injustice as they implied that the First Daughter was complicit in her father’s actions.
One user referenced a viral tweet about complicity by former Attorney General Sally Yates, who was fired by the president early in 2017 after refusing to defend his travel ban.
Another user opted for a gut-punch by commenting on Trump’s tweet with a video clip from the SNL sketch mocking her via an ad for a fake perfume called “Complicit.”
Other users took a more direct stance against the president’s latest comments about immigrants and their home countries.
Another user trolled Trump by sharing a February 2016 article from The Washington Post about their family history involving a Klu Klux Klan riot after Trump declined to reject David Duke’s support.
There were loads more call-out tweets where those came from. While the first daughter might have meant well in her tribute to King, the internet wasn’t about to let her off the hook.
Here’s Ivana’s tweet and some of the responses:
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) January 15, 2018
Until you actively condemn your father's words and actions, you are complicit. You don't get to play both sides.
— Tweez (@Lukethomas101) January 15, 2018
OH ENTITLED ONE, I've said it before and I'll stick to it. Your father needs help and there is no shame in that. Get him the help he needs. I have been a public school teacher for over 40 yrs. and I would love to quiz your knowledge on Dr King. PACK UP THE TRUMP FAMILY AND LEAVE
— Lee (@MarshaLeeLicata) January 15, 2018
Just saying . . . pic.twitter.com/pQ5ROVv3DE
— twit.face.snap.gram (@twitface_snap) January 15, 2018
She is out of touch with reality. Spinning in outer space. Jesus Christ.
— Meowmix (@apache538) January 15, 2018
The only way you could actually honor MLK would be by quitting your job for your racist boss. The one honoring MLK by golfing.
— Ken Fitzgerald (@loudlong) January 15, 2018
He would have HAAAAATED your family
— HockeyDog (@RHoskies) January 15, 2018
— Nancy Vigeant (@nancy02719) January 15, 2018
"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it." —Martin Luther King Jr. #MLKDay
— RebeccaErwin Spencer (@RErwinSpencer) January 15, 2018
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Tell us how you really feel.
— Olga (@Crowbaiter) January 15, 2018
Get his name out of your mouth. pic.twitter.com/EZ3pApM0zd
— Amanda Guinzburg (@Guinz) January 15, 2018
MLK fought against racism, inequality, bigotry, and white supremacy. Quite different from your father and his administration of which you are part. Your tweet is hypocritical since you're complicit.
— ERIK CARRIÓN (@erikcarrion) January 15, 2018
Do you know how powerful it would be for you to condemn your father’s horrifying and unpresidential behavior? I realize that your privilege is incredibly comfortable and that it would be hard. I just think you should know that If you did, I won’t even say I told you so. #itmfa
— ali g (@alishagia) January 16, 2018
— Laura (@needsomerest2) January 15, 2018
— Joan Coubarous (@NowHired411) January 15, 2018
“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
— Caitlin (@caitiebeth23) January 15, 2018
— nanette bassett (@evabai) January 15, 2018
Dear Ivanka, pic.twitter.com/nWoSZPvfZC
— Piper Darling (@Piper_Darling) January 15, 2018
— Nadia Shazana (@NadiaShazana) January 15, 2018
— zeveigen (@zevdatascience) January 15, 2018
There’s a special place in hell for the Trump family!!! pic.twitter.com/hq4pZz4LwR
— M (@marcoslinville) January 16, 2018
Are you worried about going to jail? How do you handle the stress of that possibility each day?
— steven (@Steventuality) January 16, 2018
OMG! Are you kidding? Who in the Trump family has ever done ANY public service??? Aren't you embarrassed yet???
— Space Coast Sunrise (@spacecoastsun) January 16, 2018
You are being extremely inappropriate and offensive.
You do know who your father is? He would have despised Dr Martin Luther King Jr. for being the man that your daddy NEVER could be.
— Michael-Paul (@PaulMichael1967) January 16, 2018
You did not actually write that and expect us to believe you meant it, did you? You are #Complicit
— Bob Diz (@bobdiz2) January 16, 2018
What is your response to Ivanka?