While questionably sincere shows of wokeness by political figures around religious holidays are par for the course these days, every so often there’s one so offensively obtuse that it is worth a news story in its own right, if only to highlight the stunning hypocrisy of the figure involved.
Today marks the beginning of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice, which honors the willingness of Ibrahim (you know him as Abraham) to obey God’s command and sacrifice his own son. But as he did so, Ibrahim found that his son was alive and a lamb had been sacrificed in his stead.
Ibrahim’s would-be sacrifice is honored by millions of Muslims around the world by the sacrificing of a lamb or goat and the sharing of the meat among their family, relatives, and the poor.
President Trump’s daughter Ivanka can always be counted on for a vacuous and cheery tweet for every occasion, but on this occasion, she struck a nerve with social media users for her complete silence on her father’s virulent Islamophobic rhetoric and policies.
Eid Mubarak to Muslims all around the world celebrating Eid al-Adha!
Wishing you health, happiness and joy!
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) August 11, 2019
Ivanka has said nothing about how her father attempted to ban all Muslims from entering the United States, nothing about how her father accused a Muslim Congresswoman of being a terrorist and told her to “go back to where she came from,” and nothing about how her father’s promotion of white supremacist rhetoric has provoked dozens of attacks on Muslims across the nation.
The white supremacist who murdered over 50 Muslims in a mosque shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand, specifically cited Donald Trump as an inspiration for his heinous deeds — and one has to wonder if the suspected white supremacist who was just arrested for attempting to shoot up an Oslo mosque on the night that Eid al-Adha began will also claim similar inspiration.
So until Ivanka disavows her racist father and his reprehensible rhetoric, we’d all prefer if Ivanka kept her simpering expressions of goodwill to herself — as social media users immediately made clear:
You are adding insult to injury.
— hend amry (@LibyaLiberty) August 11, 2019
If you feel this way, encourage your father to end the Muslim ban.
— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) August 11, 2019
(psst, don't nobody tell Nepotism Barbie here how her father tried to ban all Muslims from entering the United States)
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) August 11, 2019
Your father is bigoted against Muslims of all nationalities. Your duplicity is despicable.
— Justin Hendrix (@justinhendrix) August 11, 2019
We haven't forgotten dad's a bigot Ivanka:
“Gen. Patton took 50 [Muslim] men, and he dipped 50 bullets in pig’s blood…he had his men shoot 49 of those people and the 50th person. Patton said ‘You go back to your people and you tell them what happened" https://t.co/3qtij1KTWD
— Henry (@Fdr1942) August 11, 2019
There seems to be no end to your insensitivity, ignorance &belief that anyone believes anything you or your rancid father & brothers say.Two words Ivanka; #MuslimBan Will you be wishing Mexicans Happy Cinqo de Mayo next year too ? #TrumpCrimeFamily #TrumpCrimesAgainstHumanity
— Charlie Adler (@charlie_adler) August 11, 2019
— Jennifer (@jerseymom473) August 11, 2019
Jamal Khashoggi would have wanted to celebrate the day I’m sure, but you know…
— Jessica Rabbet (@rabbet_jessica) August 11, 2019
Unless, of course, you wish to enter the United States. We've been trying to ban you from coming. But, much joy to you!
— Ben, Disappointed. (@BenDisappointed) August 11, 2019