Hours after President Donald Trump announced the United States will pull out of the Paris climate deal, Ivanka Trump hopped on Twitter to wish the LGBT community a “joyful #pride2017.” Almost immediately, Twitter users slammed her for her merry approach and celebratory mood after her father’s decision, which was has been called a mistake by a large number of politicians, business leaders and activists in the country and around the world.
People condemned Ivanka for appearing to support the LGBT community when her own father had nominated cabinet members who have a history of taking anti-gay stances, as well as passing laws that threatened the civil rights of the community.
One user suggested that Ivanka’s claim to side with the LGBT community was farcical because she does not have any friends who represent that community. Another user seemed utterly in disbelief over the fact that Ivanka would even post such a tweet.
“Dear @IvankaTrump: Another busy day of pretending to influence your irresponsible father. You must be exhausted! Have a champagne popsicle!” wrote a Twitter user, alluding to another controversial tweet by Ivanka on Memorial Day.
Jesse Berney, a writer for publications such as Cosmopolitan and Rolling Stone, also pointed out in a tweet that although Ivanka holds a certain level of authority in the current presidential administration, serving as assistant to her father, she has never exercised her power to any effect. Berney claimed that Ivanka had been a failure on all fronts, since she failed to protect “LGBT people”, “Paris Accords” and “women.”
Many other less-than-jovial tweets followed:
Many of the news outlets noted that the first daughter was absent from her father’s announcement on Thursday at the White House Rose Garden about withdrawing from the Paris climate deal. Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner have reportedly been silent advocates of being a part of the climate accord, unlike the president who has claimed that climate change was nothing more than a strategy made up by China.
But despite meeting with White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt over the issue, Ivanka failed to convince her father to change his mind about pulling out of the climate deal.
"With Ivanka, we thought at least we'll always have Paris," Democratic strategist Rebecca Katz told Politico. "But that turned out to be fiction, too."
People close to the president claimed that the failure on Ivanka’s part to protect the policies that she really believed in proves she wields no power over the U.S. commander-in-chief.
"Ivanka has no power," an insider who used to previously work for former President Barack Obama, told AOL, "she doesn't have the president's ear."
Another Obama aide, Christy Goldfuss, added: “There is no way for her not to have some impact on her reputation and that narrative around her ability to really sway her father.”
Although Ivanka did not cite it as a reason herself, she reportedly missed the announcement of Paris climate deal withdrawal because of the Jewish holiday, Shavuot.