Ivanka Trump appeared to break with her father, President Donald Trump, in a conversation with Axios 360 on Thursday.
She called her father’s policy of separating immigrant families “a low point” and insisted that she was “very vehemently against it.”
.@IvankaTrump: "That was a low point for me as well. I feel very strongly about that. I am very vehemently against family separation and the separation of parents and children…immigration is incredibly complex as a topic." #axios360 pic.twitter.com/shU32wprwu
— CSPAN (@cspan) August 2, 2018
After her remarks, a familiar frustration with the president’s eldest daughter began to reemerge: If she was so against this policy, why didn’t she do more to rally against it?
Though it’s been reported she advised against the zero tolerance policy in private, she did not publicly come out against it until after her father begrudgingly signed an executive order abolishing it in June.
Even then, she praised her father for lifting it without mentioning that his administration mandated it in the first place.
Thank you @POTUS for taking critical action ending family separation at our border. Congress must now act + find a lasting solution that is consistent with our shared values;the same values that so many come here seeking as they endeavor to create a better life for their families
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) June 20, 2018
Americans on social media weren’t going to let her off easy.
“But I won’t lift a finger to stop it or to reunite families”
— Kathleen O’Brien Morrissey🍀🍑🆘 (@KKMorrissey) August 2, 2018
…and wht did she do abt it?,…Nonsense !
— Mr Kwadwo Asiedu (@Kwadwo49838108) August 2, 2018
Hmmm. If only she had some influence over someone important in the administration. 🤔
— MartinAmerica (@martinamerica) August 2, 2018
So she protested by….continuing to come in to “work” and support the policy and the admin. Uh huh.
— Eric Schmeltzer (@JustSchmeltzer) August 2, 2018
Others criticized that she referred to the policy as though its effects were over, when in fact, at least 650 children remain separated from their parents.
Ivanka describing that family separation "was a low point" when hundreds of families are still separated is kind of everything you need to say about her.
— Peter Labuza (@labuzamovies) August 2, 2018
Hundreds of children remain in cages today. #ReuniteFamiliesNow
— Teresa Harris (@THarris1939) August 2, 2018
Ivanka Trump has a history of appearing tone-deaf in efforts to straddle both sides of a fence that, for many since her father’s election, no longer separates political ideologies, but moral ones.