Vanessa Trump is the latest POTUS relative to be called out for a social media post as outrage over the president’s family separation policy mounts.
Vanessa, who is the estranged wife of first son Donald Trump Jr., took to Twitter Wednesday to share photos of her five children where according to her caption, she’s bracing herself for time apart from her brood.
“Last trip with my kiddies before their summer camps start!” President Trump’s daughter-in-law tweeted in a post that has since been deleted.
Both Melania and Ivanka Trump have been criticized for posting upbeat messages about children and family; the first lady’s tweet about wanting to “positively impact children” and the first daughter’s Father’s Day tribute each received a backlash and comparisons to the plight of migrant children being taken away from their parents.
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It’s little surprise, then, that Donald Trump Jr.’s ex would also get flak for opening up her family photo album. But her references to being separated from her children — albeit under vastly different circumstances from those of the migrant children at the border — and summer camp were accused of being particularly problematic.
As many critics noted, the South Texas detention centres have been compared to concentration camps established under Nazi Germany, and Fox News’ Laura Ingraham controversially likened them to “summer camps” in a broadcast on Monday.
Vanessa Trump was called a “soulless ghoul” by one commenter, and others wondered if she was purposely trolling the public with her post. Within two hours, the tweet was taken down.
Y’all are so unbelievably tone deaf it’s unreal.
— Calvin (@calvinstowell) June 20, 2018
Oh sweetie. You are so tone deaf. Do you not see how this is so inappropriate since your father in law is caging kids and your poster child for deplorables @IngrahamAngle calls them summer camps? Are you really that stupid?
— AmericanagainstTrump (@notadeplorable2) June 20, 2018
I hear there are brand new summer camps being built in southern Texas. Laura Ingraham highly recommends them! Is that where you will be sending your children? Full disclosure: you might not get them back.
— Rachel Kasten (@RachelKasten) June 20, 2018
We have a new entry in the “Soulless Ghoul” competition.
— Brett Davey (@BDavey65) June 20, 2018
What tent city will they be going to? I hear there are some lovely ones in Texas#StopSeparatingFamilies
— Stephanie (@_o_Stephanie_o_) June 20, 2018
The outrage over the now-deleted tweet comes as critics of President Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration policy have suggested calling the detention centres “Ivanka camps” to put additional pressure on the president to take action.
I think this policy would change pretty quickly if the tent cities and tender age shelters were branded #IvankaCamp in honor of the White House senior advisor for women and children https://t.co/WZOI3WJX11
— Elise Jordan (@Elise_Jordan) June 20, 2018