Ivanka Trump, despite all of her repeated efforts to paint herself as a moderate voice and a feminist advocate, is really no better than her father or her odious brothers. She loves to give lip service to ostensibly progressive ideals but at the end of the day, she invariably sides with the destructive reactionary agenda of the Trump administration. She is a cynical opportunist, willing to whitewash her father’s atrocities if she thinks she can wring some personal gain from it.
Yesterday, the First Daughter took to Twitter to signal her party loyalty by tweeting out an asinine photo of herself with a can of Goya beans, praising the foodstuffs brand. To most people, it probably seemed like an incredibly random and bizarre message (especially when one considers that White House officials are barred by ethics regulations from endorsing products). To MAGA fanatics who follow every little dustup the president throws himself into, it was political red meat.
Last week, the CEO of Goya appeared in the White House Rose Garden with President Trump and praised his leadership. Soon after, calls to boycott the company spread throughout the internet, with many Americans understandably furious that the head of a company that makes much of its money selling to consumers of Hispanic cuisine would endorse a man who has smeared Mexicans as rapists and criminals.
Republicans, always eager for an inane culture war issue to district voters so that they can continue ransacking our country and lining their own pockets, raced to defend Goya. Many of them posted images of themselves filling their shopping carts with Goya cans, convinced in their unhinged zealotry that by wasting their own money on mediocre beans they were somehow “owning” liberals.
Ivanka, for her part, would have been better off remaining quiet on this issue because her tweet ending up going mega-viral, with Twitter users heaping mockery on her while unleashing a wave of hilarious photoshopped images. As she so often does, the president’s favored child has once again made herself into a laughingstock.
If it’s Goya, it has to be good.
Si es Goya, tiene que ser bueno. pic.twitter.com/9tjVrfmo9z
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) July 15, 2020
You’re kidding me, right? No ethics left in this White House on issues big or small.
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) July 15, 2020
— Rubix Nerd (@Rubix_Nerd) July 15, 2020
— Jeff Ewing (@ReelJeffEwing) July 15, 2020
— K. Jake Warren (@K_JakeWarren) July 15, 2020
You do know you just violated the law, don't you? And that the statute of limitations just started running today? And the next president will be in office in less than a year? And that if it's not your dad, real prosecutors will enforce the law and fine you?
5 CFR § 2635.702(c)
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) July 15, 2020
— Tony M (@TonyMM19) July 15, 2020
just trying something new is all pic.twitter.com/0jMjD6gDYz
— Melvin Lima (@manymelvins) July 15, 2020
I’m sure all the white supremacists who support your dad are grateful for the Spanish translation.
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) July 15, 2020
— Sarah Beattie (@nachosarah) July 15, 2020
“It’s our family go-to against Covid19.” pic.twitter.com/dx89IzepbZ
— LGBTQ+Resist 🏳️🌈 (@Dyke67ny) July 15, 2020
— personal chef to ANTIFA (@vicsepulveda) July 15, 2020
— ₳Ⱡ₱Ⱨ₳ Ӿ. (@47ph4X) July 15, 2020
Here's your Ivanka Trump photoshop canvass.
You're welcome Twitter. pic.twitter.com/qKbRuY7A9C
— rafael shimunov (@rafaelshimunov) July 15, 2020
The Narcissist’s Unqualified Daughter pic.twitter.com/vqadYMTcpk
— ElElegante101 (@skolanach) July 15, 2020
This family will sell ANYTHING
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) July 15, 2020
Goya fuck yourself.
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) July 15, 2020
there are two americas pic.twitter.com/oaPxp4XIKs
— Venture Communist (@venturecommunis) July 15, 2020
"Psh, Ivanka isn't even a fighting or dragon type. What's the point? I'm surprised she can even lift me." -Swole Pikachu – 7/15/2020 (@Lexialex niche meme but a meme nonetheless) pic.twitter.com/QvvyciDDtq
— Tedd Williamson (@Tedd_Williamson) July 15, 2020
Ivanka and Jared made $82M in 2017 and $135M in 2018. 2019? Who knows, but whatever it is won’t come close to what they grift off coronavirus in 2020. I hope they ‘find something new’ to do – in prison in 2021! JUSTICE is COMING #TeamJustice pic.twitter.com/L8Pxgy8t6m pic.twitter.com/wCEEltCLJa
— Liz❣America vs trump❣BidenHarris vote early WIN (@hoaxtrump9993) July 15, 2020
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Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.