Following her ill-received LGBTQ pride tweet on Thursday, Ivanka Trump found herself in hot water on the internet yet again — albeit not for something she did. This time, the oldest daughter of the president was being ridiculed online for an article published by CNN titled, “Ivanka Trump: America’s Most Powerful Jewish Woman.” Written by reporter Maeve Reston and produced Betsy Klein, the interactive post argues the title fits Ivanka since she “has long had a special influence on her father” (despite his Paris Climate Agreement decision) while publicly practicing her adopted faith.
The Trump administration’s problematic relationship with anti-Semitism notwithstanding, CNN’s declaration is facing plenty of criticism online, and rightfully so. [And not just because of the highly publicized (and therefore questionable) nature of Ivanka’s commitment to Judaism, which she converted to before marrying Jared Kushner in 2009.] After all, there are plenty of elected and appointed government officials, heads of business, celebrities and other prominent female figures whose power and religion likely elevate their status far above Ivanka’s.
Or as Matthew Gertz, a senior fellow at Media Matters, quipped on Twitter, “Who wants to tell them about Justices [Elena] Kagan and [Ruth Bader] Ginsburg?”
Both were raised by culturally Jewish families to adhere to the tenets of Judaism, and both consider themselves practicing members of the faith. Also, unlike Ivanka, they’re Supreme Court justices. Their names, and many others, came up frequently in a rush of humorous and serious responses critical of the CNN article.
Let’s not forgot Thursday’s conflicting reports about Ivanka and Kushner’s apparently strict observance of Shavuot. There’s the shot:
And the chaser (from CNN’s Jim Acosta):