The Trump family knows no boundaries when it comes to spewing nonsense, and Ivanka Trump proved that yesterday when she felt lecturing America about “public morals” was a good idea.
In her trying-to-be-clever anti-impeachment subtweet to America, Ivanka didn’t get the sort of support she was looking for, though. That’s not just because her tweet was totally hypocritical coming from her, but because — shocker! — it’s also a fake quote, one that aimed to shame anyone who thinks impeachment is necessary.
“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.”— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) November 21, 2019
Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835
The quote was, not surprisingly, incorrectly attributed to Alexis de Tocqueville, although scholars and historians knew it came from someone else.
In fact, the quote came from John Innes Clark Hare, a totally different person who was alive in a totally different century. Hare was actually summarizing de Tocqueville’s point of view regarding the impeachment attempt of President Andrew Johnson.
According to Newsweek, “De Tocqueville was warning about impeachment being used as a political tool to remove presidents purely on partisan grounds—as the authors of the piece and Hare’s original quote explained. The current impeachment inquiries are investigating whether Donald Trump has breached the country’s laws.”
Ivanka’s incorrectly attributed tweet reflects her father’s tendencies to straight-up make things up. But more so, it makes us wonder what she could possibly know about public morals.
Although people were annoyed that Ivanka didn’t do her research, they were more stuck on the “decline of public morals” part. Twitter, of course, came out in droves to highlight the ways in which morals have been in decline since President Trump got into office.
Your father does not know the meaning of morality.— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) November 22, 2019
I know Nepotism Barbie isn't tweeting about the, "decline of public morals!" Oh, wait...her dad did say, "Grab 'em by the p×ssy" in the privacy of a bus! Technically it wasn't in public so... pic.twitter.com/kjk6RwW4cr— Twin & Her Hubs! (@CLE_SHONUFF) November 22, 2019
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”
Trump had affairs with porn stars, ripped off his own charity, pardoned war criminals, is accused of sexual assault and rape, puts children in cages and has lied more than 13,000 times since being in office. Now his daughter is lecturing the public about morals. https://t.co/1zuHIVK7Xr— Mike Elgan (@MikeElgan) November 21, 2019
The thing is, Trump has been responsible for the decline in public morality.
According to a research study, Understanding White Polarization in the 2016 Vote for President: The Sobering Role of Racism and Sexism, says it all, published at Political Science Quarterly, Trump’s presidency invited (and even encouraged) that lack of public morality.
With his inauguration came a newer, stronger, and louder wave of “anti-immigrant sentiment, racism, and sexism,” according to Brookings. The facts are all there: Hate crimes increased. And racist language flourished.
“He did especially well with white people who express sexist views about women and who deny racism exists,” according to Brookings.
Sounds like Ivanka needs to reevaluate her concerns around public morality.