Ivanka Trump Faces Twitter Backlash After Criticizing Green New Deal
Ivanka Trump has come under fire over comments she made in a Fox News interview broadcast on Monday night. The President’s eldest daughter criticized Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ Green New Deal and its federal job guarantee.
She said, “I don’t think most American’s in their heart want to be given something.”
Part of the Green New Deal proposal includes the adoption of a universal basic income to ensure everyone receives the necessary resources to guarantee their survival. Ivanka Trump dismissed the idea. “People want to work for what they get. So, I think that this idea of a guaranteed minimum is not something most people want.”
The heiress’s comments prompted a jarring response from Twitter as many were quick to expose the hypocrisy in her statement.
Georgetown professor Don Moynihan pointed out, “when Ivanka gets a meeting with a world leader, does she tell herself that it’s because she earned it?”. He asked, “is this what she thinks meritocracy is?”
Others, like Tim O’Brien, the Executive Editor of Bloomberg’s Opinion section, highlighted the vast sums of income the heiress receives for doing nothing.
Ivanka Trump gets lucrative annual streams of income, rents and capital gains — $1 million here, $5 million there — from her biz, her husband's biz, and her father's biz that she largely gets for just sitting there. Her public disclosure form: https://t.co/9V53mqN6eS https://t.co/toTByQ3udc
— Tim O'Brien (@TimOBrien) February 26, 2019
A recurring theme among the responses was that Ivanka Trump was hopelessly out of her league and ill-equipped to criticize a deal which could ease the financial stresses the working population faces. Amanda Carpenter of CNN opined, “probably the worst person to deliver this message.” Another simply said, “oh Ivanka, you are way out of your league if you think you can win this debate with AOC.”
Oh, Ivanka, you are way out of your league if you think you can win this debate with AOC.
— Cynicalashell?????? (@kc2portland) February 26, 2019
The consensus was that Ivanka had no place speaking about the desire of others to work hard when she has been afforded a life of luxury without putting in the hard work. One Twitter user urged Ivanka to “sit this one out.”
Ivanka Trump who has had every job given to her by her father her entire life, who by luck was born into the luxury life of a money laundering heiress needs to sit this one out.
— Oliver (@OllyLichtblau) February 26, 2019
Yes, because people who have nothing always prefer starving over principles…..
I am so glad you have such a keen connection with the people.
— David Douglas (@davedouglas111) February 26, 2019