Ivanka Trump, eldest daughter of President Donald Trump and White House adviser, took to Twitter Monday to celebrate Labor Day. However her choice of message garnered far more admonishment than admiration from the public.
On September 3, Trump posted to her Twitter account:
"Today, on #LaborDay, let’s also recognize the amazing stay-at-home parents across America, who seldom receive the credit they deserve for the invaluable work that they do, as they nurture and raise the next generation of American workers! Thank you!
Today, on #LaborDay, let’s also recognize the amazing stay-at-home parents across America, who seldom receive the c… https://t.co/ZEzJTmJHnj— Ivanka Trump (@Ivanka Trump)1535997049.0
It wasn't the first time the First Daughter's message drew criticism for being tone deaf.
Many brought up the fact that staying home with your children became a privilege most families can no longer afford.
When federal labor and housing statistics show working a 40 hour work week at the current federal minimum wage fails to meet average housing costs in every state in the United States, such a message from a White House official takes on a worse light. White House advisers carry an expectation of being familiar with the state of the country and citizens they ultimately work for.
@IvankaTrump Very few are home get the stats they have to work to survive, let’s not forget the Moms that’s working… https://t.co/YHK7La8eZD— charlene green (@charlene green)1536032081.0
People cited staying home as a privilege of the wealthy, not attainable by the average US worker in 2018.
@IvankaTrump No! The 'amazing stay at home parents' are generally extremely wealthy—that's why they can afford to s… https://t.co/LKyYLLvO1Z— P Christensen Woodard (@P Christensen Woodard)1536011619.0
@IvankaTrump how about the single mom working 2 or more jobs just to keep her kids fed and clothed who can’t afford decent childcare and— Cindy Shelton🇺🇸 (@Cindy Shelton🇺🇸)1536005786.0
@IvankaTrump If they’re staying at home, they must be wealthy- like you. I don’t know a single stay at home mom or… https://t.co/1m9lFScBZN— Sha Sha (@Sha Sha)1535997392.0
@IvankaTrump @realDonaldTrump Who can afford to be a stay at home parent? You Trumps are so out of touch with reali… https://t.co/3Lc5vNeNRj— David Hawkins (@David Hawkins)1536022958.0
Others questioned Trump's understanding of what Labor Day is about.
@IvankaTrump Labor Day is about Unions. It's about protecting the workers. It has a history. #UNIONS— lauren flick (@lauren flick)1536026511.0
At the end of the 19th century, during the rise of the labor movement's fight for safer working conditions and employee rights, unions and other labor organizations proposed a day to honor workers. According to the official description,
"Labor Day honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of the country."
@IvankaTrump Labor Day’s a celebration of ORGANIZED LABOR. You know, the groups that negotiate for high enough wage… https://t.co/yOcQaCVjnk— Whitney Edwards, M.D (@Whitney Edwards, M.D)1536026324.0
Many who responded to the Trump tweet felt the First Daughter ill suited to speak to that topic.
@IvankaTrump Your father doesn’t pay his bills, hires foreign workers, and mocks labor unions on Labor Day so lol o… https://t.co/8lkdF9r5kq— Zachary Prince (@Zachary Prince)1536027182.0
@IvankaTrump Who can afford to stay home? Why not remember all those working parents who work hard even as the 1% r… https://t.co/0XYWGVx7M5— ShoshanaB (@ShoshanaB)1536024820.0
@IvankaTrump So those who work not one but two jobs can’t nurture future generations of Workers? this tweet is prob… https://t.co/Q6HKo0uhr2— melmelkaykay (@melmelkaykay)1536033486.0
@IvankaTrump @realDonaldTrump Raising the "next generation of American workers"? They're just referred to as Ameri… https://t.co/OtK1CbdDnu— Stephen Bauer-Balel (@Stephen Bauer-Balel)1536059953.0
@IvankaTrump Have you worked a day in your life, princess?— Christi Stark (@Christi Stark)1536033004.0
While others brought up Ivanka Trump—the now defunct brand name—as in the following tweets.
People took Trump to task for her own long history of hiring cheaper foreign labor for her company instead of paying even minimum wage and providing safe working conditions in the United States.
@IvankaTrump Not that Americans ever sewed your designs together.— JM (@JM)1536063112.0
@IvankaTrump American kids are not good enough for you or Dad. All your knock off or stolen Italian designs are mad… https://t.co/mOwXAPW6K5— Mary Rose (@Mary Rose)1536037822.0
@Beutifulgame @IvankaTrump It's Trump Propaganda. They don't care about Americans or Workers.— 🌿❄ZANKA ❄ 🌿 (@🌿❄ZANKA ❄ 🌿)1536053830.0
While others raised an issue Trump vowed to work on while at the White House: paid parental leave.
@IvankaTrump @realDonaldTrump How’s that paid parental leave coming along? You know, the thing we rank last in comp… https://t.co/zUhOTUswTw— Proud Resister 🇨🇦 (@Proud Resister 🇨🇦)1536028002.0
@IvankaTrump @realDonaldTrump Would this be a good time to ask about that paid parental leave?— Mae Rogers (@Mae Rogers)1536025043.0
@IvankaTrump As long as they don't ask for health care— Samantha Jane Geimer (@Samantha Jane Geimer)1536028764.0
For many who responded, the tweet just rang hollow. Tweet much about what you believe or support, but where are the results?
@IvankaTrump Translation: "Recognize" = I do nothing but Tweet "Thank you!" = Thanks for the likes #Resist— Duty To Warn 🔉 (@Duty To Warn 🔉)1536030836.0
@IvankaTrump For those of you who cannot understand the animosity towards Ivanka I'll make it simple. She perpetua… https://t.co/Jxg25I4mJT— J3nnyP (@J3nnyP)1536019191.0
@IvankaTrump https://t.co/KEMxDbo3vo— Shirley debalsi (@Shirley debalsi)1536058936.0
In the end, it became just more sound and fury, signifying nothing.