Critics of president Donald Trump's reaction to protests in Charlottesville, Virginia are now channeling their displeasure via tweets about Ivanka Trump's vacation. The reason why is straightforward. As more and more criticism is being directed at the president for avoiding a strict condemnation of white supremacists, some of it was re-directed at Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner for failing to have an influence on the president's statements on Charlottesville.
Many of these reactions came after reports that stated Ivanka Trump and Kushner tried to implore President Trump to deliver a forceful condemnation of white supremacist groups.
On Tuesday, Aug. 15, the president acted very clearly against that advice, delivering an impromptu press conference that fielded questions related to his response to the protests. The president said,
I think there is blame on both sides.You had a group on one side that was bad. You had a group on the other side that was also very violent. Nobody wants to say that. I'll say it right now.
Ivanka Trump, for her part, had already issued a personal response to the protests during the weekend. In a pair of tweets, the president's daughter and White House advisor condemned white supremacy.
After the president's Tuesday press conference however, many were wondering where Ivanka was and criticizing her for a perceived tolerance of a defense of a Nazi groups.
The fact that critics have singled out Ivanka Trump for criticism as her father himself does something controversial is no new phenomena. The trend of criticisms directed at the first daughter stems from the expectation that she would be a "moderating force" on president Trump, which Ivanka Trump said she hoped to be.
And then there's the fact that Ivanka Trump converted to Judaism upon marrying Kushner, which is of added significance given the anti-Jewish chants shouted by protestors in Charlottesville.
So, people have wondered: Where if Ivanka doing as Trump makes these statements that clearly differ from her own?
The answer is on vacation. Both Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are on break in Vermont. The couple's trip follows a peculiar trend of them being away just as controversial stories break around the White House, a fact which reporter Rebecca Berg pointed out on Twitter.
All in all, this episode is another that proves much shouldn't be expected or demanded of Ivanka Trump's "moderating" influence.