'Sit this one out': Critics blast Ivanka Trump for claiming 'lockdowns are not grounded in science'
First Daughter Ivanka Trump, rumored to be exploring a possible entry into electoral politics after her father leaves office, is flexing her MAGA muscles more often these days. While the advisor to the president has generally focused her public statements on sometimes false but always positive framing of the Trump agenda and her perceived accomplishments, on Tuesday she went on the attack.
"These blanket lockdowns are not grounded in science," tweeted Ivanka Trump, who has a history of ignoring stay-at-home orders herself and is neither a scientist nor a medical expert. "These arbitrary rules imposed by callous politicians are destroying lives. It is just wrong for small business owners to have fight so hard to keep their American dream alive."
As many were quick to remind her, the "lockdowns" are necessary because President Donald Trump and his administration, including Ivanka Trump and her husband, senior advisor to the president Jared Kushner, refused to take the coronavirus seriously and engaged in a partisan attack on COVID-19 prevention.
If President Trump had acted quickly and smartly, if he had embraced mask-wearing and urged Americans to take the threat seriously, hundreds of thousands of lives would have been saved by the time the pandemic will be over.
Ivanka Trump has a years-long history of tone deaf tweets. Earlier this month she tried to elevate and equate herself with former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton.
Here's what many are now saying:
It will never stop amazing us that in the midst of the worst pandemic in a century, rather than turning to doctors… https://t.co/Bdys6Cjm94— Citizens for Ethics (@Citizens for Ethics)1608041398.0
Allowing 300k people to die, passing on getting Pfizer vaccines, refusing to model good behavior by wearing a mask,… https://t.co/a3SGwk5pTU— Joe Lockhart (@Joe Lockhart)1608041989.0
Maybe you should talk to @senatemajldr about providing them some assistance. Otherwise, shutup. https://t.co/0Nd7owHcNH— Robin (@Robin)1608042664.0
I'm kinda looking forward to watching Ivanka try to out-nutty Marco Rubio between now and 2022. https://t.co/rnwXJ1lO0N— Gary Legum (@Gary Legum)1608043803.0
@IvankaTrump Your admin has sat back and done nothing to push a 2nd stimulus plan through, has refused to negotiate… https://t.co/XfGYdhKZaC— Noble Prize in Sarcasm (@Noble Prize in Sarcasm)1608040672.0
if your daddy had done right by the people at the beginning of this pandemic insted of worring about what he will l… https://t.co/u9GNM8FhXa— linda (@linda)1608042143.0
@IvankaTrump You know there’s more to science than cosplaying with test tubes, right? https://t.co/QqdBTn7jEk— Liz Dye (@Liz Dye)1608042987.0
@IvankaTrump Hey Ivanka, we had a blanket lockdown twice. Guess what? We have no Covid cases. None. Zero. The state… https://t.co/aRxzGYcO0X— Shayne (@Shayne)1608042681.0
@IvankaTrump none of this would even be happening if you had listened to the scientists from the start... but you d… https://t.co/QzgxVFtuhE— Justin Hendrix (@Justin Hendrix)1608040572.0
Idiot #FakeScientist prefers making money to saving Anerican lives. https://t.co/vtx0ppBPSe https://t.co/jemDFc3yk4— Lina Record (@Lina Record)1608043604.0
@IvankaTrump Does Ivanka want to talk callousness? Her father and husband worked on engineering ways to punish sta… https://t.co/7xNR77YLzm— Gailen David (@Gailen David)1608041122.0
@IvankaTrump If only the federal government had trillions of dollars to help these people so the American Dream cou… https://t.co/pQu4SqjFY2— Only The Truth (@Only The Truth)1608041403.0
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