Last week, First Daughter and presidential advisor Ivanka Trump gave an interview with Axios in which she expressed her opposition to her father’s policy of separating migrant families at the U.S.-Mexican border.
USA Today opinion columnist Raul Reyes tore apart Trump’s feigned dissent in a brutal Op-Ed on Monday, saying Trump’s failure to pressure President Donald Trump to end the “zero tolerance” policy “reveals her as a profile in cowardice.”
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) August 6, 2018
“I felt very strongly about that, and I am very vehemently against family separation and the separation of parents and children,” Trump told Axios last Thursday. “I think immigration is incredibly complex as a topic, illegal immigration is incredibly complicated.”
— Axios (@axios) August 2, 2018
Yes, we know, Reyes wrote, because beginning in May, all undocumented immigrants, including asylum-seekers, would be criminally prosecuted for attempting to enter the United States. This resulted in thousands of families getting ripped apart, and despite court orders to reunite children with their parents, there are still hundreds of kids still waiting to be given back to their parents.
Ivanka doesn’t care. Melania was probably borrowing Ivanka’s “I don’t give a fuck” jacket when she visited the children at the boarder. They couldnt care less
— Elizabeth (@rasincanegirl) August 6, 2018
Reyes said Trump referring to family separation as a “low point” for herself shows how “tone deaf” she is. “Vulnerable children have been irreparably traumatized, wrenched away from their moms and dads, placed in cages under nightmarish conditions … and it was hard for Ivanka?” Reyes asked.
This tone deafness was amplified in two Twitters posts – one in May, when Trump posted a picture of herself and her son, and in June when Trump thanked her father for issuing an executive order ending family separation.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) May 27, 2018
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
The problem with this, Reyes opined, is that Trump thanked the president for ending a policy he unilaterally started.
In her Axios interview, Trump said: “We have to be very careful about incentivizing behavior that puts children at risk of being trafficked, at risk of entering this country with coyotes, or making an incredibly dangerous journey alone.”
It's amazing… So many people keep looking to Ivanka to provide some glimmer of morality in the Trump administration. Folks… she's Trump's daughter. She works in Trump's white House. She profits from Trump's businesses. She married Jared Kushner. Wake up and smell the coffee!
— Greg Mic🌊 (@GregMic1) August 6, 2018
Reyes points out that these comments veer “awfully close to blaming migrant parents for family separation.” He added that the “boogeyman” is not asylum-seeking immigrants and their children, but rather “a president who has no compassion for Central Americans fleeing for their lives.”