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 credit they deserve for the invaluable work that they do, as they nurture and raise the next generation of American workers! Thank you!#HappyLaborDay
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) September 3, 2018
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.
No, let’s recognize the parents who want to stay at home to take care of their children but don’t have enough money so they have to go to work 😊 Im just saying that the moms who get to stay at home because their husbands have good jobs are very lucky.
— Goldenpuppies10 (@goldenpupies) September 4, 2018
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.
Very few are home get the stats they have to work to survive, let’s not forget the Moms that’s working 2-3 Jobs to feed their children and pay rent, on minimum wage jobs must work 2-3 ok Bye Felicia
— charlene green (@lady10314) September 4, 2018
People cited staying home as a privilege of the wealthy, not attainable by the average US worker in 2018.
No! The ‘amazing stay at home parents’ are generally extremely wealthy—that’s why they can afford to stay at home. In the average family, both parents ‘have to work’ in order to pay their bills. You’ve been eating from a silver spoon your entire life-you can’t relate. #clueless
— P Christensen Woodard (@pastelpatti) September 3, 2018
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 (@cshel511) September 3, 2018
It was nice when wages were high enough that a family could afford to have only one parent working. Now both parents have to have more than one job to make it. The GOP has given everything to the rich at the expense of the working class
— Les🇺🇸#BoycottNRA🚫🌊🌊 USMC #VetsResistSquadron (@midcarp) September 4, 2018
If they’re staying at home, they must be wealthy- like you. I don’t know a single stay at home mom or dad. My community has parents who all work two or more jobs in order to make ends meet. Our tax cuts weren’t like yours and your millionaire donors.
— Sha Sha (@francescatututu) September 3, 2018
Who can afford to be a stay at home parent? You Trumps are so out of touch with reality. And there are 2 days already that celebrate this. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.
— David Hawkins (@hawkpapersizors) September 4, 2018
Others questioned Trump’s understanding of what Labor Day is about.
Labor Day is about Unions.
It’s about protecting the workers.
It has a history.#UNIONS
— lauren flick (@flicklaur) September 4, 2018
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.”
Labor Day’s a celebration of ORGANIZED LABOR. You know, the groups that negotiate for high enough wages to ALLOW spouses to be able to stay home. Plus weekends, holidays, health care, retirement benefits, worker safety, overtime…
It doesn’t honor people’s labor. Paid or not.
— Whitney Edwards, M.D (@UrieBay) September 4, 2018
Many who responded to the Trump tweet felt the First Daughter ill suited to speak to that topic.
Your father doesn’t pay his bills, hires foreign workers, and mocks labor unions on Labor Day so lol okay let’s talk about parenting instead
— Zachary Prince (@zacharyprince) September 4, 2018
Who can afford to stay home? Why not remember all those working parents who work hard even as the 1% rob them blind. Working everyday while nurturing and raising fine honorable people. Meanwhile get a clue and shut up about Labor Day. Labor that thing you know NOTHING about
— Shoshana B (@lilyX68) September 4, 2018
So those who work not one but two jobs can’t nurture future generations of Workers? this tweet is probably the hardest work you’ve done today. Want me to list what I did as a single working parent today?
— melmelkaykay (@meltroutkids) September 4, 2018
Raising the “next generation of American workers”?
They’re just referred to as Americans. Yes, many work & we’re proud of what we’ve made in this land.
Have you actually ever worked/labored yourself? Doesn’t sound like you have…
— Stephen Bauer-Balel (@BalelBauer) September 4, 2018
Have you worked a day in your life, princess?
— Christi Stark (@christistark012) September 4, 2018
While others brought up Ivanka Trump—the now defunct brand name—as in the following tweets.