Ivanka Trump ridiculed after sharing fake quote condemning impeachment hearings

Greg Evans
Friday 22 November 2019 16:15
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Ivanka Trump has found herself on the receiving end of ridicule after she appeared to share a fake quote on impeachment which she attributed to the 19 century political thinker Alexis de Tocqueville.

On Thursday evening, the president's daughter shared a tweet which appeared to condemn the ongoing impeachment hearings against her father and the alleged 'quid-pro-quo' he offered to the Ukrainian president in return for information about Joe Biden.

In the quote that Ivanka shared it said:

A decline of public morals in the United States will probably be marked by the abuse of the power of impeachment as a means of crushing political adversaries or ejecting them from office.

Ivanka then claimed that de Tocqueville said these words in 1835 but a few folks on Twitter soon noticed that something wasn't quite right about this quote.

The quote actually came from a book written by John Innes Clark Hare in 1889, where de Tocqueville's words, which were about the unsuccessful impeachment of Andrew Johnson, were summarised by Hare.

Hare actually wrote:

It was long since remarked by de Tocqueville that a decline of public morals in the United States will probably be marked by the abuse of the power of impeachment as a means of crushing political adversaries or ejecting them from office.

Ivanka, who still hasn't deleted the tweet, as since been widely mocked for misquoting de Tocqueville, with some giving her a brief history lesson in US democracy.

Others used the tweet to reshare some of her father's most infamous quotes.

If she had really done some revision she would have learnt that de Tocqueville wouldn't have been a big fan of Donald Trump, as some Twitter folks pointed out to her.

HT Newsweek

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