This morning, the First Daughter took to Twitter in order to send a message celebrating International Women’s Day in an obligatory but ultimately meaningless display of superficial feminism.
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Today we come together in recognition of women at home & around the globe. We celebrate women’s achievements, past & present, & pledge to empower women to reach their full economic potential for generations to come. When women thrive, we ALL succeed. #InternationalWomensDay
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) March 8, 2018
While her sentiments are commendable at face value, Ivanka Trump’s failure to take advantage of her unique position as the President’s beloved daughter and as a White House advisor with an undefined portfolio to do anything at all to improve the lives of American women after promising to do so make her message nothing but empty and condescending platitudes of the sort her father delights in.
Ivanka Trump has refused to answer questions about the dozens of sexual assault and harassment allegations leveled against her father, tacitly discrediting his victims and demeaning their suffering.
Like her father, Ivanka made big promises during the run-up to the election, and like her father, has failed to follow through on most of them. Her half-hearted campaign to fight for paid maternity leave quickly fizzled and she ultimately abandoned her efforts to fight for the rights of LGBT women in favor of “preserving her political capital” for more selfish ambitions.
She still has not addressed or taken any action to ameliorate the inhumane working conditions that women suffer while creating Ivanka Trump-brand shoes and clothing in Chinese and Indonesian sweatshops.
All these failures and hypocrisies are why the First Daughter received such a robust condemnation on Twitter in response to her tweet, quickly racking up over 3,000 replies in a few hours.
A tweet from MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle perfectly encapsulates Ivanka Trump’s dedication to “feminism” in excellent fashion:
& yesterday I invited @IvankaTrump (for the second consecutive year) & some of her colleagues in the @WhiteHouse to join us on @msnbc for a special program celebrating #InternationalWomensDay.
They were not available. https://t.co/E1KJwRfxUc
— Stephanie Ruhle (@SRuhle) March 8, 2018
All talk and no action – the Trump way.
Here’s a collection of the rest of the best replies:
And let’s not forget everyone’s favorite “you wouldn’t ask most daughters” feminist Ivanka trump. I’m sure her tweets for #internationalwomensday2018 are going to hit just the right notes of total obviousness and complicit complicitness. pic.twitter.com/1Ukr330Tsb
— Molly Jong-Fast (zodiac ☠️) (@MollyJongFast) March 8, 2018
I like how both Ivanka and Melania have emphatically stated that discussing Donald Trump's affairs and assault is inappropriate, yet Donald Trump came to a DEBATE with Hillary Clinton with three of her husband's accusers.
Cool cool cool.
— Jules Suzdaltsev (@jules_su) March 8, 2018
Ivanka, what about the low-wage female factory workers who make a few dollars a day to stitch your clothing line in China, India, Bangladesh? https://t.co/FaBQP98JfO
— Annie Gowen (@anniegowen) March 8, 2018
Women in China, Indonesia and Bangladesh are paid a few dollars a day to make Ivanka Trump clothes. Ivanka never spoke to us, but they did: "I have nothing," one woman said https://t.co/iU0xNy1LNd https://t.co/v2FxnaEhPE
— Drew Harwell (@drewharwell) March 8, 2018
@IvankaTrump, here’s a thought:
Hundreds of thousands of women #Dreamers live in limbo. Help empower them with legal status so they can reach their full economic potential and not live fearing your father’s Administration will tear them from their family & the country they love. https://t.co/obUkIrTssI
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) March 8, 2018
— Joe Papp (@joepabike) March 8, 2018
How about girls? Should they be empowered?https://t.co/CMd6XlJFIx
— I used to be someone else (@RZMike95) March 8, 2018