As Americans grappled with the news of a Trump administration policy that cracks down on mothers suspected of illegally crossing the border and results in them being separated from their children, Ivanka Trump drew widespread cries of hypocrisy by posting a picture of herself cuddling her 2-year-old son on Twitter.
Ivanka, once a self-professed women’s rights advocate who has remained conspicuously silent on any and all Trump administration policies that target women, captioned the image of herself with her son: “My ♥️! #SundayMorning.” According to an April report from The New York Times, “More than 700 children have been taken from adults claiming to be their parents since October, including more than 100 children under the age of 4.” The Trump administration officially announced its so-called “zero tolerance” border enforcement policy in May, but activists have said that ICE agents have been directed to separate mothers from children as young as 1 year old for months.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) May 27, 2018
Commenters on social media, unsurprisingly, were quick to point out the cruel timing of Ivanka’s decision to share how much she valued spending time with her young child.
“You’re a mother of 3,” wrote Twitter user @litbrit. “So am I. Imagine someone in an ICE uniform takes away your precious baby, and you never get to see him or her ever again. This is what’s going on, thanks to your Dad’s policy. DO SOMETHING.”
President Donald Trump, meanwhile, seemed to try to obfuscate on the issue by taking to Twitter to blame Democrats for his own administration’s newly-instated immigration policy, describing the Trump administration directives as a “horrible law that separates children from there [sic] parents.” Under the Obama administration, families suspected of entering the U.S. illegally had been allowed to stay together until their cases were resolved.
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