Ivanka Trump has come under fire for calling the excited reception in the small town of Adzope on the Ivory Coast her “privilege”. Donald Trump’s daughter reacted with what seemed to be a regular polite remark to a post by NBC News producer Mac William Bishop. He shared a photo of the presidential daughter wearing a traditional robe and dancing with Ivorian women at a local cocoa farm that she visited.
It was the “privilege” part that triggered an avalanche of mockery and criticism from commenters. They branded the remark as a coming-out and “self-burn” amid nepotism accusations against Ivanka Trump, who became a White House adviser after her father assumed the Oval Office.
Is that the Nepotism Dance?— Evil Cycling (@evilcycling) April 17, 2019
I’m glad you’re finally acknowledging your privilege.— Nick (@nick_nrm) April 17, 2019
Oh honey…we know what your privilege is… bless your heart…stay in your lane.— Phoenix Risen (@jennylou246) April 17, 2019
You got nothing but privilege.— Steven Bowling (@stevebowling50) April 17, 2019
She was in her privileged element as “I only want to be the First Daughter”— Judi (Jones) Shalley (@ShalleyJudi) April 17, 2019
Some could not help but point to the irony of the situation.
Ivanka Trump returned to the international spotlight with her solo trip to Africa as a White House adviser in the company of the head of the US Agency for International Development, visiting Ethiopia and the Ivory Coast to promote women’s economic empowerment and gender equality.
The trip was perceived with scepticism online and in the media due to her father’s alleged remarks that were leaked earlier during his term, as he reportedly referred to African states as “sh**hole countries”. Despite the past allegations, she voiced her conviction that her father would be inspired by her tour.
“I've been deeply, deeply inspired by my trip here. And I think he will be as well…I'm very excited about continuing my work to specifically focus on advocating and advancing the role of women on this continent and beyond", she said.