Ivanka Trump has once again drawn the ire of Twitter users, this time over an incredibly tone-deaf tweet about the pandemic. The First Daughter—who thanks to her father’s love of nepotism serves as an Advisor to the President—shared a series of clearly staged photographs at the Rocky Mountain National Park.
She gave lip service to caring about families struggling through the pandemic and said that visiting the national parks can offer them “respite.” The reality, of course, is that tens of millions of Americans have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic and many families barely have enough money for food and rent, let alone a vacation to a national park. As usual, Ivanka is insulated in her privileged world and completely out of touch with what most Americans are going through. Like her father, she seems to lack the basic human ability to empathize.
While she claimed that the lovely little vacation was planned to celebrate a new conservation bill with Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, the post made it look more like a pleasure trip paid for by the taxpayer’s dime. Americans were forced to shell out for security and travel expenses to fly Ivanka across the country so that she could pose for a photoshoot before rubbing it in our collective face.
As for the bill itself, it runs contrary to the Trump administration’s abysmal track record on national parks and the environment in general. It constitutes a stab at a cheap PR win ahead of the 2020 election.
This is, after all, the president who opened up national parks to mining and drilling, disrupted wildlife and fragile ecosystems by building his border wall through other national parks, made it legal for hunters to slaughter bear and wolf cubs in their dens, and who is currently using the cover provided by the coronavirus to sell off large parcels of public land to fossil fuel companies. It’s also worth noting that the Trump-appointed Bernhardt is a former oil lobbyist. An ally of nature, this president is not.
One piece of good legislation doesn’t rewrite the Trumps’ atrocious legacy on this subject.
Twitter users, many of them unable to leave their homes, were incensed by the First Daughter’s shameless gloating. People are unable to pay their bills, the Trump administration so far has done little beyond sending out one round of stimulus checks, and meanwhile tax dollars are being wasted on Ivanka’s flights of fancy.
That's right, honey. Get those taxpayer funded vacays over & done. We're counting down the days…
— Kitty M (@Hella_Ticked) July 23, 2020
Truly stuff of banana republics.
November 3rd cannot get here soon enough.
— Jennifer (@jerseymom473) July 23, 2020
You never expect it. pic.twitter.com/Ak9O23QsLE
— Gen-X (defunct) (@genxrob) July 23, 2020
Must be nice to take a vacation while the majority of us can't leave our state. And on tax payers dime while millions are out of work.
— dlmc0421 (@darc0421) July 23, 2020
“I visited a factory today!” Here’s pictures. OF ME!!!
“I handed out food boxes today!” Here’s pictures. OF ME!!!
“I visited the Taj Mahal!” Here’s pictures. OF ME!!!
“I visited a national park!” Here’s pictures. Don’t forget about MEEEEEEEEEE!!
— UH60 (@UH60Hawk) July 23, 2020
140,000 dead, millions infected, unemployed and stuck in our houses. A lot of this due to Daddy’s incompetence.
But “here’s my taxpayer funded photo shoot and vacation!”
— Jennifer (@jerseymom473) July 23, 2020
Congratulations on your taxpayer-funded vacation!
— (((Space Jebus))) (@the_real_Lord) July 23, 2020
Seriously? People are stuggling to put food on the table and you're taking Instagram pics of your hair cascading in the wind? Yuck. #Biden2020ToSaveAmerica
— Yvette with a Y (@radiochick841) July 23, 2020
— BookHoarder 🌊🌊🌊 (@DeniseG53) July 23, 2020
145,000 Americans are dead, but sure, we'll look at some pictures of you having a marvelous time outside on the taxpayer's dime.
— Darwin Brender a’ Brandis (@DTBbyTheSea) July 23, 2020
Can we still shoot bear cubs in there dens in front of there mothers? Otherwise I have no interest in the outdoors excapt if it has a oil rig!
— Done (@ValuesTrump) July 23, 2020
All is well with the world now that Ivanka got her vainglorious selfies at our National Park. Most of us have cancelled our travel plans because of the surge in our cities and states of coronavirus cases. We are in a public health crisis and Ivanka is still self-dealing.
— la blonde atomique (@lacothren) July 23, 2020
We need to extend the unemployment assistance or a lot of people will be financially crippled
— American Danny (@American_Danny7) July 23, 2020
Can you pick up some souvenir shot glasses for all of us since we're paying for your little vacation? Thanks.
— JON (@TeamMitchMoscow) July 23, 2020
Nice photo op. Nobody would dress that way to hike in the great outdoors. What do you think @MichaelRapaport ??
— Sarah (@Just1Sarah) July 23, 2020
Another taxpayer funded photo op 😡😡😡😡
— Debbie (@DebbieSVA) July 23, 2020
The pandemic has made us value, now more than ever, the importance of having a REAL leader in the Oval Office & the respite the afford our families during a national crisis
No one cares about the damn parks right now, Sis
— Donald J Trump Jr III (@FetusTrump) July 23, 2020
Must be nice to travel on taxpayer dime while others are struggling to pay their rent & feed their family. You should be home getting ready to send your kids to school during a pandemic. Also, hope they get to visit Gramps after going to school.
— @goldenj (@goldenj_golden) July 23, 2020
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