Ivanka posts an impeachment quote to defend her dad, gets it wrong

At the conclusion of today’s impeachment hearings, the First Daughter Ivanka Trump took to Twitter to defend her father by posting a quote from Alexis de Tocqueville, a nineteenth-century French diplomat who wrote a book entitled Democracy in America.

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The quote attempts to link a “decline of public morals,” presumably in the Democratic Party, with an “abuse of the power of impeachment” to “crush their political adversaries.”

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The problem — and of course there’s a problem — is that this isn’t what Alexis de Tocqueville wrote in his book. As the Washington Post notes, ”

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The first daughter weighed in on her father’s impeachment Thursday evening with a quote from 19th century French historian Alexis de Tocqueville warning that impeachment could be used politically… that quote is a vague paraphrase of Tocqueville used by a judge in 1889 to defend President Andrew Johnson who opposed rights for freed slaves after the Civil War and was later impeached.”

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The New York Times’s Jamelle Bouie found the actual de Tocqueville and discovered a very different pronouncement:

The quote is in fact from an 1889 book paraphrasing what de Tocqueville wrote…

…that, in turn, was quoted by some Wall Street Journal toadies in an op-ed complaining about how unjust the impeachment proceedings are, which was probably sent to Ivanka by one of her staff and then fired off into the Twitterverse.

A decline of public morals in the political leadership of this country has indeed led us to this point, but the only one abusing his power here is the President — and we will see justice done.

Social media immediately exploded in mockery at Ivanka’s attempt to be a cool quoteposter:

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Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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