Ivanka Trump, daughter of President Donald Trump who also serves as an adviser to him, caught flak on social media Sunday after she took to her Twitter account to condemn white supremacy and Nazism.
“There should be no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis,” Ivanka wrote. “We must all come together as Americans — and be one country UNITED. #Charlottesville.”
The message came one day after President Trump was criticized heavily for not explicitly denouncing white supremacy amid racially charged clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Violence erupted the Old Dominion State on Saturday after white supremacists from around the country gathered in Charlottesville on Friday to rally against plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in that city. There has been a widespread movement to remove statues and reminders of the American South’s racist past ever since a gunman, who was motived by race, opened fire on innocent church members in Charleston in 2015.
Saturday’s violence directly resulted in the deaths of at least three people. One person was murdered when a 20-year-old white nationalist allegedly drove his Dodge Challenger into a group of counter-protesters. Nineteen others were injured in that incident, which is being described as domestic terrorism. Then two Virginia State police officers were killed when their helicopter crashed. They, too, were part of Saturday’s activities.
It was almost universally accepted over the weekend that the white supremacists who began the rallies in Charlottesville are to blame for the violence, and the counter protesters who showed up to demonstrate against them only did so in response to the hatred.
President Trump came under fire on Saturday after he blamed “many sides” and didn’t call out white supremacism by name. Ivanka’s tweets may have been in response to that outrage. However, it wasn’t enough and liberals still lashed out at her on social media.
The White House has since released a statement condemning Nazis and white supremacists. Top administration officials, such as national security adviser H.R. McMaster, have also gone on Sunday talk shows to condemn the act of terrorism.