It’s fairly well-established at this point that the Trump children are not exactly the brightest bulbs on the tree, but every so often they’ll stick their heads out of their protective bubbles and leave onlookers astonished with the stupidity and utter lack of self-awareness that they bring to the table.
A few weeks ago, it was Eric Trump who was a laughingstock after publishing an op-ed in which he quoted Marcus Aurelius — not the Roman emperor, but the character from the movie Gladiator.
Last night, it was Donald Trump Jr., an executive at his father’s business empire, who claimed that he “wished he was Hunter Biden so that he could get rich off his father’s name.”
Today, it was Ivanka Trump’s turn. Not to be outdone by her brothers, the White House “advisor” took to Twitter to issue what she certainly thought was a patriotic defense of her father, quoting a letter from our nation’s third president Thomas Jefferson to his daughter in which he complains that he is “…surrounded by enemies and spies catching and perverting every word that falls from my lips or flows from my pen, and inventing where facts fail them.”
She finished by adding “some things never change” in an attempt to promote her father’s narrative that he is the victim of false allegations and a conspiracy by his enemies.
“…surrounded by enemies and spies catching and perverting every word that falls from my lips or flows from my pen, and inventing where facts fail them.” -Thomas Jefferson’s reflections on Washington, D.C. in a letter to his daughter Martha.
Some things never change, dad!
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) October 31, 2019
Of course, if Ivanka Trump had bothered to pay attention in history class or even do one cursory google search about the quote she was using, she would have known that Thomas Jefferson was pulling the “fake news” defense against the allegations that he raped and impregnated one of his slaves, Sally Hemings, which he absolutely, unequivocally was guilty of doing.
So she is correct in that some things never change — powerful rapists like Jefferson and Trump will stop at nothing to obfuscate, distract, and discredit the allegations against them, especially when they know they’re guilty of the crimes they’ve been accused of.
Social media immediately unloaded on Ivanka Trump for accidentally reinforcing her father’s guilt.
It's interesting Ivanka picked this example because the thing Jefferson's enemies were accusing him of — fathering a child with a slave — was absolutely something he did. 6 times as a matter of fact. Jefferson was bemoaning being called out for something he actually did. https://t.co/ZnvjPLrkjY
— Rachel Joy Larris (@RachelLarris) October 31, 2019
You're quoting Jefferson's denial that he'd raped and impregnated a girl he kept as property. Which he did, in fact, do.
— Zeddy (@Zeddary) October 31, 2019
Thomas Jefferson also said this- it's as if he predicted Trump and his crime family: "The government will one day be corrupt and filled with liars, and the people will flock to the one that tells the truth."
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) October 31, 2019
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.