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Ivanka Trump’s Silence on Her Father’s Charlottesville Statements is Deafening

Over the weekend, first daughter Ivanka Trump was quick to unequivocally condemn white supremacy in response to violent events in Charlottesville.

“There should be no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis,” she wrote on Sunday morning.

But in the days since the rally has subsided, Ivanka’s father has taken a decisively different tone. Trump called some of the attendees of the white nationalist rally, all there to call for the reinstatement of white supremacy in America, “very fine people,” and suggested they were to blame for the violence as much as liberal counter protesters.

Earlier this week, Ivanka took a short vacation, but since returning, she has yet to comment on her father’s frightening words, condoning a movement that is also notably anti-semitic. Her most recent post was one of congratulations to new interim White House Communications Director Hope Hicks — not a single tweet about her father’s disheartening defense of racists.

But more than any other group, Jewish leaders, appalled by Ivanka’s silence in the face of such sharp anti-seminitism, are speaking out and calling for her to take action. Ivanka, who converted to Judaism prior to her marriage to Jared Kushner, is one of if not the most well-known Jewish American women.

“Ivanka Trump is in a unique position to speak on behalf of the American Jewish community and to ensure that we not only don’t encourage, but don’t tolerate this type of visceral hate and discrimination in this country,” Nancy Kaufman, CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women, told CNN on Thursday.

In either case, while Ivanka’s silence and failure to criticize her father speaks volumes, ultimately, it’s unsurprising. The first daughter is notorious for being selectively political, advocating for working women’s rights with her words but not her business practices, but being silent in arenas she’d have to criticize her father, for example, failing to publicly speak up about how defunding Planned Parenthood will hurt and deny millions of women opportunity and, most recently, about how white supremacy is absolutely different from progressive activism.

This is an opinion piece. The views expressed in this article are those of just the author.

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