Ivanka Trump has once again found herself being slammed on social media for posting what some are calling a ‘tone def’ photo in the wake of another controversial decision regrading immigration from her father’s administration.
This time is it a picture of Ivanka affectionately hugging her youngest son Theodore that has landed her in hot water, with the mother-of-three captioning the Instagram post by writing: ‘My [love].’
She shared the image with her 4.3 million followers just a few weeks after the Trump administration enacted a new policy authorizing border agents to take away the children on any immigrants unlawfully crossing the southern border as part of its new ‘zero tolerance policy.’
Loving embrace: Ivanka Trump shared a photo with her son Theodore on Instagram Sunday, which showed the mother affectionately holding her youngest child (above)
Clap back: The decision to share the photo led to backlash from some on social media, with one woman calling Ivanka as ‘nasty, soulless little troll’ (above)
Ramped-up response: This outcry was prompted by the Trump administration’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy, which separates children illegally crossing the border from their parents (border agents apprehend immigrants illegally crossing into the US from Mexico in April)
Criticism: ‘Isn’t it the just the best to snuggle your little one – knowing exactly where they are, safe in your arms? It’s the best. The BEST. Right, Ivanka?’ said Patton Oswalt (above)
The backlash to Ivanka’s post was swift, with actor Patton Oswalt tweeting: ‘Isn’t it the just the best to snuggle your little one — knowing exactly where they are, safe in your arms? It’s the best. The BEST. Right, Ivanka? Right?’
Chelsea Handler, a frequent detractor of the Trump administration, wrote: ‘What in the world is wrong with this family? Is this picture supposed to remind Mexican asylum seekers what they’ve lost?’
Emmy-winning writer and producer Nadine van der Velde did not hold back either, exclaiming: ‘What a nasty souless little Troll sending this deliberately inflammatory tweet. Ivanka is fully cognizant of the headlines today and here she preens and poses and gloats while Brown Mothers’ have their babies taken from their arms…’
That comment prompted one person to state that Ivanka is a ‘modern day Marie Antoinette,’ a sentiment shared by a number of people in the wake of her post.
Van der Velde also posted at the end of her tweet ‘#WhereAreTheChildren.’
That was a reference to the testimony of Steven Wagner, a senior official in the Department of Health and Human Services who told a congressional committee last month that the government had been ‘unable to determine with certainty the whereabouts of 1,475’ minor immigrant children after attempting to contact their sponsors in the last three months of 2017.
‘@IvankaTrump , you are lucky to hold your son while 1500 mothers cannot, because your father ripped their children away under a vicious policy that he created. Ivanka, #WhereAreTheChildren?’ wrote director Paola Mendoza.
And Niacarguan-born Republican pundit Ana Navaro stated: ‘@IvankaTrump, lovely picture. How nice that you get to hold your child in your arms and not face the anguish of having him torn from you and left to God knows what fate. #WhereAreTheChidren.’
President Trump meanwhile declared that it is the Democrats fault he has been forced to carry out this policy, which he has falsely declared on multiple occasions is a law.
‘Put pressure on the Democrats to end the horrible law that separates children from there parents once they cross the Border into the U.S. Catch and Release, Lottery and Chain must also go with it and we MUST continue building the WALL! DEMOCRATS ARE PROTECTING MS-13 THUGS,’ tweeted President Trump on Saturday.
Chelsea lately: Chelsea Handler, a frequent detractor of the Trump administration, wrote: ‘What in the world is wrong with this family? Is this picture supposed to remind Mexican asylum seekers what they’ve lost?’
Critic: Niacarguan-born Republican pundit Ana Navaro stated: ‘@IvankaTrump, lovely picture. How nice that you get to hold your child in your arms and not face the anguish of having him torn from you and left to God knows what fate. #WhereAreTheChidren’
Blame game: President Trump said over the weekend that this policy would be ended if Democrats supported his plan for a wall at the southern border (above)
Foiled: Ivanka was previously criticized when she shared a photo of herself in a $5,000 gown (above) hours after her father announced his immigration ban in January 2017
Attorney General Jeff Sessions first announced the administration’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy in a memo to federal prosecutors in early April.
He then followed that up a month later by announcing that the Department of Homeland Security would now refer all persons illegally crossing the border for prosecution in federal court.
As a further deterrent he added: ‘If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child may be separated from you as required by law.’
Ivanka has made no acknowledgement of the outcry, which she previously faced just a week into her father’s presidency when she shared a photo of herself and husband Jared Kushner in black-tie attire just hours after the Trump administration announced it would ban the residents of seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States.
That photo was posted before Ivanka had formally accepted a role in her father’s administration.