President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, shared a photo with her son, which sparked criticism from people for it being “tone-deaf” given the current controversy surrounding undocumented immigrant children.
She posted a photo holding her 2-year-old son, Theodore, on Sunday and captioned it, “my ♥️!”
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) May 27, 2018
While the photo was seemingly an innocent picture of a mother and her son, it came on the heels of outrage over reports that more than 1,000 undocumented immigrant children were “lost” last year.
Given the timing of the photo and Trump’s crackdown on immigration as a whole, people were quick to criticize it for being “tone deaf”:
As screaming children are being ripped from their horrified parents at the border because of daddy’s unconscionable cruelty…@IvankaTrump demonstrates a staggering measure of tone-deafness & insensitivity in her “Sunday morning” snugglefest with her kid. #Ivanka #Trump pic.twitter.com/B3BRrOyoEa
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) May 28, 2018
If there were a Tone-Deaf Olympics, you would be its Michael Phelps.
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) May 28, 2018
Comedian Patton Oswalt didn’t mention immigration specifically but repeatedly declared that knowing your child is safe and being able to hold them in your arms is “the best”:
Isn’t it the just the best to snuggle your little one — knowing exactly where they are, safe in your arms? It’s the best. The BEST. Right, Ivanka? Right? https://t.co/X79r8aWInc
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) May 27, 2018
Others took a more direct tone and addressed the contrast between her “lucky” ability to spend time with her son while others had been separated from their kids:
.@IvankaTrump, you are lucky to hold your son while 1500 mothers cannot, because your father ripped their children away under a vicious policy that he created.
— Paola Mendoza (@paolamendoza) May 27, 2018
Authorities not knowing where 1,500 children are who were taken from their deported parents is biggest story of the weekend. Ivanka Trump must know. Tweeting a kitch pic, stating how much she loves her son, proves that she is either ignorant or she knows. She is part of it all.
— Christian Fahrenbach (@CFahrenbach) May 27, 2018
No doubt you posted this while feeling the great joy of motherhood.But every mother is our sister & right now there are many in https://t.co/ysrzRfxJx8 are in a position to help.#WhereAreTheChidlren?Taking action will result in a lot more likes than this post https://t.co/hoKUBF1GPT
— Stephanie Ruhle (@SRuhle) May 27, 2018
The New York Times reported in April that Steven Wagner, the acting assistant secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, testified that the U.S. lost track of 1,500 migrant children.
The kids were reportedly placed in sponsor homes and after making calls to the sponsors of 7,635 children, discovered:
- 28 ran away
- 5 were removed from the United States
- 52 were relocated to live with a nonsponsor
- 1,475 were unaccounted for
While the story is a month old, it gained traction last week with the sparking of the hashtag, “Where Are The Children?”