Twitter responded to Ivanka Trump’s sad complaints about the “viciousness” of attacks on her father with a shrug of “give me a break.”
“It is hard, and there’s a level of viciousness that I was not expecting,” the first daughter said in an interview on “Fox & Friends” Monday. “But this isn’t supposed to be easy,” she added bravely, speculating that rough politics should be expected because her father is so “transformative.”
Lots of people — including “Star Trek” actor George Takei and some reporters — just didn’t buy it, since President Donald Trump conducted one of the most vicious presidential campaigns in recent history. Trump called women “pigs,” Mexican immigrants “rapists,” and Meryl Streep a “loser.” He mocked a disabled reporter and urged people at his rallies to “knock the crap” out of protesters.
The Washington Post deadpanned: “Irony is dead.”
This “seems to be a talking point for the White House now. And it is ridiculous,” wrote Aaron Blake in “The Fix.” “Not because politics in Washington isn’t vicious — it certainly can be and is — but because Ivanka and Eric Trump’s father’s political rise was marked by probably the nastiest and most bare-knuckled brand of public campaigning that we’ve seen in modern history.”
One of the most stinging criticisms of Ivanka’s lament came from John Podhoretz, columnist in the usually Trump-friendly New York Post, who called the first daughter a “filthy liar” in a tweet for saying she was shocked by ugly attacks in politics.
Perez Hilton said simply: “We cannot make this shit up.”
Michael Martin of The Metro, in a piece titled “Ivanka Trump: Everybody’s Being Mean To Us,” said it was an example of the Trump crew “dishing it out but declining take it.”
Plenty of tweeters threw Donald Trump’s words back at him from his own tweets or from video clips as examples of viciousness.
Critics — including Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) — also said the president’s policies cutting health insurance for millions and eliminating environmental protections are plenty vicious.
CORRECTION: This article previously misidentified actor George Takei as having appeared in “Star Wars.” Takei appeared in “Star Trek” films and the original television series.