Considering Melania Trump is still terrible at First Ladying, Precious Ivanka Trump sometimes tries to “take over” some traditional FLOTUS-type activities. Ivanka tried to make what was probably a glossy and complicit trip to a Connecticut high school this week, only she wanted it to be a surprise. Well, surprise! The parents of the students didn’t want their children around someone in such a treasonous family.
Some Connecticut parents reportedly pulled their kids out of school after first daughter and presidential adviser Ivanka Trump made a surprise visit. Trump on Monday spoke to high school students at the Norwalk Early College Academy, a program at Norwalk High School that allows students to earn a high school diploma and associate’s degree in software engineering.
The visit was kept quiet due to security concerns, according to New Jersey’s News 12, which reported that parents who opposed the president’s views were upset that they did not know about the visit.
“This should have been brought to our attention, although I do understand security reasons,” parent Karey Fitzgerald told News 12. “I think we should have had the choice to send our child to school or keep them home.” Trump was joined by IBM CEO Ginni Rometty on the visit.
I remember this kind of thing happening to me a few times in college – some ultra-right-wing speaker came to give a speech, and inevitably some professor would make it mandatory that students attend the speech. I don’t really get the point of any of that – you’re making unwilling children (or young adults) props in some kind of political photo-op. Ivanka’s trip wasn’t even soft-focus, like it wasn’t about the holidays, she wasn’t handing out gifts to underprivileged kids or reading to kindergartners or anything like that. She was there to make some kind of stupid political speech, encouraging these kids to pull themselves up by their bootstraps, like she did when she became daddy’s most precious and complicit favorite. Imagine the reaction if Michelle Obama had gone to speak to those kids and how apolitical Michelle would have made it (and how those kids would have loved to meet her). Anyway, I don’t blame the parents who pulled their kids out of school that day. Good for those parents.
The 7th night of Chanukah! pic.twitter.com/QJdXj1SJGF
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) December 19, 2017
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