Earlier today, amid reports that an individual or individuals had sent explosive devices to the homes of prominent Democratic politicians and to the offices of several news organizations around the country, Ivanka Trump condemned these actions, saying that “America is better than this.”
I strongly condemn the attempted acts of violence against President Obama, the Clinton family, @CNN & others. There is no excuse—America is better than this.
Gratitude to the @SecretService and law enforcement for all they do to keep this nation safe.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) October 24, 2018
Ivanka, who is perhaps her father President Donald Trump’s most trusted personal adviser, thanked the Secret Service and law enforcement for their work “to keep this nation safe,” but her statement rang hollow for MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, the host of Morning Joe, who asked if she “strongly” condemns statements made by her father at his rally which have specifically targeted individuals and entities who were targeted today, including news network CNN and Hillary Clinton, who ran against him during the 2016 presidential election.
Do you strongly condemn your father using the presidential bully pulpit and years of campaign rallies to constantly stir up hatred against CNN, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama? https://t.co/9D8pov74YX
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) October 24, 2018
And he wasn’t the only one to express similar sentiments. Many noted that the president has not condemned today’s acts of violence. The president has, to name just a few examples, called for violence against members of the press, has labeled the press “the enemy of the people,” and has repeatedly led chants at his rallies to “lock up” Hillary Clinton.
— Rachel Dratch (@TheRealDratch) October 24, 2018
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) October 24, 2018
— Ryan Knight (@ProudResister) October 24, 2018
Responses to Ivanka Trump’s initial tweet also indicate a common trend:
This is your father’s America, and it is not better than this.
— Christie (@Christie_D22) October 24, 2018
Though I am sure you think your mesaage is well intended, these actions are a direct response to your father's rhetoric and behavior, so there really is nothing you can say here that is of any worth. Your words are wisps of vapor blown by the stench of hatred born of #trump.
— Kim Possible (@ResistanceRuby) October 24, 2018
If only you knew an important, not impotent, man of power and courage that could speak out against these acts with sincerity and conviction. Perhaps you could rent one.
— Ee Oulo Demands DC Accountability Equally (@Ee_Oulo) October 24, 2018
The president is still scheduled to appear at a rally in Wisconsin later this evening.
Speaking at an event to address the nation’s opioid crisis, he called for unity, saying: “I just want to tell you that in these times we have to unify, we have to come together and send one very clear, strong, unmistakable message that acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America.”
“The safety of the American people is my highest and absolute priority,” he added, promising that the government will “bring those responsible for these despicable acts to justice.”
These comments haven’t gone over very well with people who noted that last week the president praised Montana Representative Greg Gianforte for assaulting a reporter.
Trump today: “We have to unify” and send a clear message that “acts or threats of political violence have no place in the United States of America.”
Trump last week, praising Rep. Greg Gianforte for assaulting a reporter: “Any guy that can do a body slam, he’s my kind of guy.” pic.twitter.com/QaS69fgwHM
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) October 24, 2018