Ivanka Trump got blasted on social media after Huffington Post writer Ashley Feinberg spotted a Confederate flag in one of her Florida vacation photos.
Ivanka tweeted a photo of her husband, Jared Kushner, holding their son Theodore on a boat. A Confederate flag can be seen in the background on the boat of a random vacationer, along with an American flag.
Huffington Post writer Feinberg pointed the flag out on Twitter. Surely this is Pulitzer prize-worthy journalism.
Social media then erupted with charges that Ivanka is a racist because a random Floridian flew a Confederate flag on their boat.
— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) December 26, 2017
Walter Shaub, the former director of the Office of Government Ethics under President Barack Obama, snarked: “Couldn’t find four photos without one? Or is this a dogwhistle?”
Confederate flag over Jared’s shoulder. Couldn’t find four photos without one? Or is this a dogwhistle?
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) December 26, 2017
Others said Ivanka must have known what she was doing when she snapped the vacay pic.
nice signal to your core supporters #complicit
— janel (@meomy1905) December 28, 2017
— Jaloney Caldwell (@sunbeanz) December 28, 2017
To any kid, the Confederate flag in the background is the wrong type of message to send out to other kids
— Steg68 (@Steg68) December 27, 2017
Fortunately, the voice of reason prevailed among many Twitter users.
One anti-Trumper pointed out that former president Obama had blithely posed for a photo that contained a drawing of Marxist leader Che Guevara in the background. Where was the outrage?
Accidentally, yes. Now share your thoughts on this picture, taken with great fanfare and intent. pic.twitter.com/J0zDf6YWGP
— Violated Norm (@BillySullivan7) December 27, 2017
Another Twitter user said HuffPo’s Ashley Feinberg must herself be a racist since her tweet contained a Confederate flag.
it appears you are a racist I just noticed you have a confederate flag in your twitter post
— Roy b (@rbp_II) December 28, 2017
Others sarcastically snarked: How dare some random guy fly a flag on his boat while another vacationer was taking a family photo?
OMG there’s a Flag on a boat in the water, condemn Trump for it. How dare that person fly that flag while a picture was being taken on another boat.
— QAnon 🇺🇸 (@2ndruntv) December 27, 2017
OMG there is a Confederate flag in the same ocean that Ivanka Trump’s husband is fishing in. President Trump must have put it there
— Jonwain (@petiecc) December 27, 2017
I thought I had seen and read it all…. this must be THE biggest load of crap I have ever seen reported! As an Obama supporter, I am actually starting to feel really sorry for the Trump family…….
— Alan Fobian (@AlanFobian) December 28, 2017
Finally, one Twitter user wondered what subliminal message Ashley Feinberg’s Twitter profile photo was sending.
Oh look, 2 straws in the picture…..you must be a raging alcoholic. pic.twitter.com/TZ61mRkGnh
— JustYourAverageNinja (@DaRealClump) December 28, 2017
While haters threw shade, Ivanka celebrated her dad’s first major legislative victory in a gleeful tweet.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) December 21, 2017
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