One person who Donald Trump’s time in the White House really hurt was Ivanka. Sure, millions of people were affected by the 45th president’s terrible policies—from the children taken from their parents under his heinous family–separation policy to the transgender people who lost their health protections to the hundreds of thousands who literally died on his watch—but the first daughter saw her political and social aspirations take a hit—an outcome that, she’d likely argue, is much, much worse. Whereas she and Jared Kushner moved to Washington reportedly believing it would be just a few short years before she’d become the first woman president, those plans have been put on hold thanks to, among other things, her dad lying to the public about a virus that has now killed more than 5.5 million people worldwide, and that business of encouraging his supporters to attack the U.S. Capitol and overturn the election.
Necessarily, that‘s forced Ivanka and the ole ball and chain to lay low this past year, save for a misguided attempt to reenter polite society before being promptly told to fuck off. On Instagram and Twitter—where the former first daughter once regularly cosplayed as a person with an actual job—she’d been completely silent for a record eight months. But on Tuesday, she apparently felt a pull too strong to stay away. You know the pull we’re talking about: the one whispering, “Don’t even think about doing something good for others without posting about it in an attempt to start rehabbing your image.”
According to the New York Post, Trump was in Rochester, New York, on Friday helping distribute food boxes with Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya, which is obviously a worthy thing to do. Less clear is how posting several stylized photos of the event after the fact—and with no information for people who may still be looking for food assistance—helps anyone but herself.
Strangely, Ivanka did not mention the fact that her father’s administration tried to strip approximately 700,000 unemployed people of their food stamp benefits in April 2020, i.e. during the height of the COVID pandemic. And that the only reason it didn’t end up doing so was because a judge intervened the following October, calling the move “arbitrary and capricious.” And that, in combination with two other proposed rules from the Trump administration, the moves would have reportedly taken away the food stamp benefits from approximately 3.7 million people in an average month, reduced benefits for millions more, and resulted in 982,000 students losing automatic access to free or reduced-price school meals. Just something to recall next time Mother Teresa wants credit for all the good she’s supposedly doing behind the scenes.
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