Our politics have become so infected with partisan rancor that even a heartfelt offer of condolence in the aftermath of yet another tragic shooting becomes fodder for an attack on those we disagree with.
First daughter Ivanka Trump, a converted Orthodox Jew, shared her condolences in the wake of Saturday’s shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that claimed the lives of 11 people.
“America is stronger than the acts of a depraved bigot and anti-semite,” she tweeted. “All good Americans stand with the Jewish people to oppose acts of terror & share the horror, disgust & outrage over the massacre in Pittsburgh. We must unite against hatred & evil. God bless those affected.”
America is stronger than the acts of a depraved bigot and anti-semite.
All good Americans stand with the Jewish people to oppose acts of terror & share the horror, disgust & outrage over the massacre in Pittsburgh.
We must unite against hatred & evil.
God bless those affected
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) October 27, 2018
Simple enough, right? Not in post-Obama America.
Twitter has evolved into little more than a wasteland of toxic thought, so it’s not like expectations are that high but when the “blue check” crowd, the “upper crust” of the social media platform, sinks to depraved levels, it still raised eyebrows.
Then again, media-fueled anti-Trump push back has become an industry all its own.
And Ivanka wasn’t the only Trump family member to be hit with unhinged reaction, as seen when CNN’s favorite “Republican,” Ana Navarro, blatantly disrespected first lady Melania Trump for calling for an end to the senseless violence in this country.
“Girl, u might wanna tell your husband to stop saying white-supremacists are, ‘good people’, to stop blowing dog-whistle by calling himself a ‘nationalist’, to stop lying & fanning hysteria re the migrant caravan, to stop leading chants against other Americans.
#BeBest…whatever,” Navarro tweeted.
Girl, u might wanna tell your husband to stop saying white-supremacists are, “good people”, to stop blowing dog-whistle by calling himself a “nationalist”, to stop lying & fanning hysteria re the migrant caravan, to stop leading chants against other Americans. #BeBest…whatever https://t.co/RXH9G0890Q
— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) October 27, 2018
Such a rude address toward former first lady Michelle Obama would have sent the media into a full scale meltdown.
And the replies to the president’s oldest daughter were on an even par, proving that “the left is irreparably damaged.”
Included among the responses was the never ending campaign by liberals to guilt Ivanka into turning on her own father:
— Dr. Logan Levkoff (@LoganLevkoff) October 27, 2018
Your father is a racist birther,@IvankaTrump. He said Mexicans are rapists, refugees are gang members, and that Nazis who chanted “Jews will not replace us” were good people. You said nothing. You are utterly complicit in this horror. https://t.co/dUqbZkNyCf
— (((Bradley Whitford))) (@BradleyWhitford) October 28, 2018
— Hadley Freeman (@HadleyFreeman) October 27, 2018
Here’s a sampling of other responses from the so-called Twitter elite:
The President of the United States (your father @IvankaTrump) consistently and continuously encourages threats and violence—particularly at his rallies. So your platitudes are useless. https://t.co/T3fb8dXAMb
— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) October 27, 2018
.@IvankaTrump I am not interested in your gaslighting tweets. This is what YOUR family stands for, from Kashoggi to a blind eye to Yemen to caging families and babies to racism xenophobia to misogyny and so many forms of hate. Please go away. What you say is MEANINGLESS
— Jodi Jacobson 🩸🦷 #BlackLivesMatter (@jljacobson) October 27, 2018
And media – please stop with the Trump is not anti-Semitic because of Jared and Ivanka. Jared is the modern-day equivalent of Judenrat.
— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) October 28, 2018
Your father used the term “globalist” to refer to Jews THIS WEEK.
“Globalist” is the white nationalist term for “Jew.”
His constant reiteration that there is a “global power structure” undermining America is straight out of antisemitic propaganda.
HE SHARES THE BLAME FOR THIS.
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) October 27, 2018
Probably you and your whole garbage family should stop literally ruining the entire world.
— The Hilarious House of Dr. Ian Frightenfortey (@IanFortey) October 27, 2018
Until you tell your father to stop inciting this terror, your words are utterly useless. https://t.co/41Ze47gYJg
— David S. Cohen (@dsc250) October 27, 2018
Nothing for nothing, Ivanka but your father's daily words and actions have empowered violent white supremacists across the nation (and world). While hate violence existed before him, he has increased its likelihood. So these sentiments really need to be shared in your home. https://t.co/Eu3ZwgqhAR
— Jo Kaur (@SikhFeminist) October 27, 2018
Her father is the depraved Bigot in Chief who enables bigots and she enables him. https://t.co/JG6Cj2nIdm
— Jeff Jarvis (@jeffjarvis) October 27, 2018
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