Ivanka Trump faces angry backlash over 'tone deaf' photo with her son
When the people elected Donald Trump to be their president, they probably didn't expect to get a family package deal thrown into the mix; but, here we are, a year and a half later, and Ivanka Trump is holding a White House role - despite having no experience in politics.
During her time in office, she's proven herself to live up to many people's expectations and has left others downright outraged on several occasions when she enacted official duties that she arguably was not qualified for in the slightest. And yet, above all else, the one thing she keeps doing to irk Americans is demonstrating how entirely tone deaf she is when it comes to issues that her administration are being criticized for.
Most recently, the 36-year-old fashion designer sparked outrage after posting a photo of herself and her two-year-old son to Twitter.
The picture was uploaded on Sunday morning, amidst reports that the Trump administration was responsible for separating more than 7,000 children from their families when they tried to enter the US, and - shockingly - allowing 1,475 of them to go "missing".
As a result, many people took the image as a sign of Ivanka's aloofness to the current situation faced by thousands of children just like her own son: kids who had no control over where they were going, and no idea that they were breaking the law (even though, in many cases, they were seeking asylum, and therefore not committing any crimes).
The post attracted hundreds of angry replies, with many people sharing images of children in prison-like holding cells.
This isn't the first time that Ivanka's seemingly innocent posts have caused a backlash, either.
At the beginning of this year, she tweeted in support of the Time's Up movement, saying that everyone should "come together" in order to eradicate sexual harassment and gender inequality. At the same time, though, she has failed to acknowledge - let alone condemn - her father's alleged acts of assault and abuse against more than a dozen women.
What's more, the Oprah speech she references was distinctly anti-Trump, so it appeared that she was just tagging along with the cause in order to curry favor with supporters.
As with issues of sexual assault and gender inequality, the Trump administration seems to be doing their best to ignore the current problem of families being torn apart at the border. This comes despite their own admittance that children were essentially being punished for their parents' actions in a recent statement:
"The vast majority of the people that move illegally into the United States are not bad people," said White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly earlier this month. "But they’re also not people that would easily assimilate into the United States into our modern society ... They’re coming here for a reason. And I sympathize with the reason. But the laws are the laws. But a big name of the game is deterrence [emphasis added]."
Ivanka Trump has not yet responded to any criticisms of her picture, nor has she had much to say on the matter in general.
However, what with so much social commentary happening around the matter (especially Jim Carrey's recent painting on the subject), it is likely that this issue will not fade as quickly as former controversies have.