Addressing the now nearly two-month-long impeachment inquiry against her father Donald Trump, Ivanka has weighed in with a quote, albeit a falsely attributed one as some attentive netizens noticed, to Alexis de Tocqueville, a French diplomat that is best-known for his work “Democracy in America”:
“A decline of public morals in the United States will probably be marked by the abuse of the power of impeachment as a means of crushing political adversaries or ejecting them from office", the first daughter and senior White House aide tweeted.
In fact, the quote comes from a 1889 book, American Constitutional Law, Volume 1, by a judge named John Innes Clark Hare. He was describing, quite the opposite, the necessity of impeachment, although he argued it had been abused on President Andrew Johnson.
The quote drew a plethora of responses online, with one unable to resist the temptation to bring up Ivanka’s “role as breathy-voiced sexybait".
This is amazing! Ivanka's role in the Trump con game has always been breathy-voiced sexybait to reel in male investors. Those close to her know she's a vicious, lying snake (the voice is fake) like her father. The mask is falling as the Trumps become increasingly desperate.— miss speech (@miss_speech) November 22, 2019
“The mask is falling as the Trumps become increasingly desperate", one user noted.
The lecturing apparently hit a raw nerve with many:
There isn’t a Trump on this planet that gets to lecture about any kind of moral.— CountryOverConman (@TrumpNewsPolls) November 21, 2019
One even opted to edit Ivanka’s words so that they better reflect reality, the way the user sees it:
I fixed it.— Im🍑 and Remove Trump (@mePaulaThompson) November 22, 2019
"The lack of my father's morals as President of the United States will be displayed by his abuse of power by fighting impeachment and crushing political adversaries by using foreign countries.
Ivanka Trump, 2019”
“Failing to indict a criminal sitting president sends the message that those in power are above the law", another hit back at Ivanka’s comment.
Memes were also eagerly shared, with someone, playing upon the word “irony” argued the Trumps are good at quoting “dead white men who make the very opposite point that they think they’re trying to make”:
This family is great at quoting dead white men who make the very opposite point that they think they’re trying to make pic.twitter.com/TGD7Vx6Br8— Jenn (@breedemandweep) November 21, 2019
…while another speculated on the “moral compass from her dad”, posting a picture of Abraham Lincoln with an image of Ivanka photoshopped next to him.
Ivanka said she got her moral compass from her dad😂 pic.twitter.com/1980KltE3j— Laura Brown (@socalaura) November 22, 2019
“Look Daddy” and nepotism rhetoric is also recurrent in memes:
Oh lookie👆. Ivanka is talking about morals. pic.twitter.com/7v7K6Fhh7W— medit8now (@medit8now) November 22, 2019
Last month, Ivanka had her say on the impeachment proceedings for the first time, weeks after they were launched. In an interview with FOX Business, she shared that the Democrats diehard attempts to persist with a partisan investigation cripples what has long been a top priority for the White House: working in the interests of the American people.
Thursday marked the fifth day of public hearings in the House Democrats’ partisan impeachment inquiry into POTUS Trump, featuring the second testimony by Fiona Hill, a former top Russia expert for the White House, and David Holmes, a senior diplomat at the US Embassy in Ukraine. According to Hill, she approached US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland about his failure to coordinate the Ukraine issues, but further realised that he was “being involved in a domestic political errand".
"Two more witnesses and two more whiffs by Democrats in their sham impeachment circus", Tim Murtaugh, Trump 2020's communications manager, said. "Let’s remember that Nancy Pelosi promised she would not proceed with impeachment unless it was a bipartisan endeavour, which it clearly is not".
The impeachment inquiry, deemed by Republicans as a political measure ahead of the 2020 presidential race, centres on allegations that Trump withheld a White House visit for his Ukrainian counterpart and security aid for the country as leverage to push the government to kickstart investigations into the Biden family’s purportedly corrupt dealing in Ukraine.
House Democrats saw the alleged quid pro quo in a July phone call between Trump and Zelensky – an exchange that POTUS referred to as totally benign and regular, with Zelensky reiterating that no pressure whatsoever had been exerted on him personally or his country.