05:23 GMT09 March 2021
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    US President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, posted a tweet in honour of Yom Kippur on 8 October, against the backdrop of an ongoing impeachment inquiry into Trump, eliciting a social media response in no time.

    First daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump, who was raised Presbyterian Christian like the rest of her family but converted to Orthodox Judaism in 2009, shortly before marrying Jared Kushner, went on Twitter on 8 October to wish her followers a happy Yom Kippur, as the Jewish holiday began at sunset. Of course, social media had something to say about it.

    ​Netizens were split in their reaction to the post, as some felt that Trump had no right to observe it.

    ​Some sprang to Ivanka’s defence:

    ​Some mocked Ivanka for leaning on religious rhetoric to appear sympathetic:

    ​Others tended to believe the first daughter was seeking to create a distraction:

    Ivanka's Twitter respondents seemed more concerned with the Trump administration's ongoing impeachment inquiry, and what role she may have in it.

    Ivanka’s first public response to the inquiry came last week on Fox News.

    In an interview that aired Friday, she said that the "Trumps are fighters", avoiding talking about specifics on the air.

    The impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump’s 25 July telephone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was initiated after a whistleblower sent a complaint to the US Congress claiming that Trump had pressed Zelensky to investigate possible corruption by 2020 Democratic US presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, and threatened to withhold financial aid to Ukraine.

    Trump ordered a transcript of the telephone call with Zelensky to be declassified, as he rejected the allegations, labelling them no more than a political “witch hunt” intended to reverse the outcome of the 2016 US presidential election.


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