As the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage on in the U.S. and case numbers continue to soar, Ivanka Trump is promoting a White House-backed program to encourage unemployed people to “#FindSomethingNew” by gaining new job skills and transitioning to new industries. The campaign has been going on for a while, but Ivanka tweeted about it Tuesday in a new effort to boost the program as millions of people stand to lose the extra unemployment benefits implemented for the coronavirus pandemic when they expire at the end of July.
More than ever our #PledgetoAmericasWorkers is focused on helping Americans 🇺🇸 bolster skills to find new jobs + navigate career transitions.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) July 14, 2020
The tweet by Ivanka was quickly condemned as inappropriate in the middle of the pandemic surge when more people going to work would likely result in even further spread of the virus and more deaths. She’s also again being criticized for offering “solutions” such as this to complex and deeply-entrenched social problems that are presented as though they’re simple and easy.
Though many in the U.S. would welcome less-expensive options for higher education that act as alternatives to college, which this Find Something New campaign promotes, changing industries in the middle of a career can be very difficult and often requires taking a substantial pay cut. At the same time, any in-person schooling, which the Trump administration is trying to push while threatening the funding for public schools that don’t open, creates a risk of spreading the coronavirus.
The program appears to be little more than an awareness campaign to let people know there are alternatives without providing any funding related to education. It also doesn’t appear to address the problem of a decline in the number of available jobs.
At the same time, many commenters are less than happy that Ivanka is pushing this program when she’s in a position that makes getting just about any job she wants fairly easy. More than a few people have compared the pushing of the Find Something New program to be reminiscent of the infamous declaration “let them eat cake.”
*slices into White House plan*
oh my god it’s ‘let them eat cake’ https://t.co/gTisE7L8KX
— Alexandra Petri (@petridishes) July 14, 2020
Her vapid, arrogance displayed in every part of this tweet and "ad campaign" takes unmitigated gall to a new level
— Shannon4OH (@ShannonFreshour) July 14, 2020
Find something new? Seriously?
40 million unemployed Americans can’t just play bring your daughter to work day every day.
— Antifa Face Painter Michael (@Merv515) July 14, 2020
— Nestor “the boss” Gomez (@soloyochapin) July 14, 2020
Others would rather Ivanka and the rest of the Trumps in the White House focus on ending the pandemic and making sure that people don’t have to go to work or school where they’re much more likely to get sick.
Excuse me Mr. President @realDonaldTrump
Are you going to address the COVID-19 pandemic today?
Or perhaps you’re just going to pardon a few more of your CRIMINAL friends & continue to pretend that everything is fine??
— The Resistor Sister ♥️🇺🇸🦅🙏🏻 (@the_resistor) July 14, 2020
I could still have my job, my career, if the Trump Administration and Republicans had listened and acted at the beginning of this pandemic. I will never forget.
— Kristen Sheldon (@KrisSheldon3) July 14, 2020
"Good afternoon and happy pandemic to you, serfs! It is I, Ivanka Trump, former and future star of The Apprentice. We are receiving reports that times are hard! :-("https://t.co/MR9MDsJ2lA
— R. Eric Thomas (@oureric) July 14, 2020
Ivanka Trump telling jobless, desperate, hopeless Americans to "find something new."
In the middle of a global pandemic.
In the worst economic depression since that Great one.
On Bastille Day. pic.twitter.com/vi1LV8yWbY
— Fiqah (@sassycrass) July 14, 2020