Ivanka Trump ridiculed for using Jefferson quote to defend her father

Marianne Eloise@marianne_eloise
Friday 01 November 2019 08:45
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Ivanka Trump is always well-meaning when she takes to Twitter to defend her dad, but that doesn't mean she's right.

On Thursday, after 232 members of the House voted in favour to formalise the impeachment inquiry against the president, Ivanka tweeted in an attempt to draw parallels between Trump and founding father Thomas Jefferson.

Quoting a letter from 1801, she said:

"…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!
 

Twitter users were quick to point out the issues with the comparison.

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.

said Twitter user @RachelLarris. The quote also has absolutely nothing to do with impeachment. The Twitter user quickly followed up to add this particular quote might not be about Jefferson's kids:

(I have no idea what specific thing Jefferson was moaning about to Martha in that letter, it might not have been the issue of her half-siblings, which she knew who fathered them. But his slave-born children were the most famous political scandal in Jefferson's presidential term.)

Either way, considering Jefferson was guilty of everything he was accused of, it's not a great example and many were more than happy to mock the president's eldest daughter.

Someone should really tell Ivanka that Jefferson wasn't a fan of nepotism either.

Given that she posted this on Halloween people started to fear the worst.

HT Huff Post

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