Chrissy Teigen Condemns Ivanka Trump For Her ‘Lack Of Empathy’ Toward Immigrant Children
Actor and model Chrissy Teign called out President Donald Trump’s daughter and White House adviser, Ivanka Trump, on Thursday for having a “complete lack of empathy” on the administration’s former policy of separating children.
Teigen, who was speaking with her husband, pop singer John Legend, Thursday at the House Democrats’ Issues Conference in Leesburg, Virginia, was asked about her opinions on the Trump administration’s policy, that was implemented last year, separating immigrant parents from their children upon crossing the border.
According to reporting from Newsweek, Teigen decried the policy, and took the president’s daughter to task for sharing images of her family in the midst of the controversy.
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“It’s a painful thing to see that, and it’s a painful thing to see such a complete lack of empathy when it comes from people, like Ivanka, I will say, that can post all day, pictures of her children that are just in her home and ‘oh my daughter is having trouble in her crib’ or ‘my daughter is doing this’ and ‘my daughter is doing this,'” Teigen said.
Teigen went on. “There are children out there that don’t have that opportunity. Honestly, I cannot fathom for a second how scared our children would be if they were without us.”
Upon ending the policy after public outcry, Ivanka Trump thanked her father on social media for doing so. She later tweeted, “it is time to focus on swiftly and safely reuniting the families that have been separated.”
Teigen’s criticisms didn’t focus solely on the daughter of the president, either: she also decried Trump himself for his administration’s treatment, as well as his depictions of immigrants coming to America.
“These aren’t demons, these aren’t people that are monsters,” Teigen said. “Donald Trump treats everything like it’s an episode [of the movie] The Village, where there is this wall and these monsters to keep outside.”
According to reporting from the New York Times, it could take up to two years to reunite thousands of families still reeling from the effects of the Trump administration policy.
Earlier this week, President Trump claimed that the family separation policy was the creation of his predecessor, former President Barack Obama. However, fact-checking sites have debunked that claim, pointing out that separating children from their immigrant parents mostly began under his watch.