Parents pulled their kids out of school when Ivanka Trump made a ‘surprise’ visit

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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.

[From The Hill]

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.

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  1. lightpurple says:

    Princess Nagini is all about photo ops promoting Princess Nagini. Kids who were anywhere near Nagini that day were used as props in her pictures. Parents have a right to oppose photographs being taken of their children for public distribution, especially those children who for whatever reason may have restraining orders in place against other family members. Princess Nagini cares only about Princess Nagini.

  2. babykitten says:

    There’s nothing more disgusting than when they wrap themselves in their religion. They’re horrible representatives of Judaism.

    • SoulSPA says:

      I agree with you @babykitten. I know little about Judaism, maybe more than the average person with a Christian background, but that family picture with Trumpette … “Right” clothes for the occasion, the colour, her hair pulled back, the lace in her hair. And why doesn’t Jared wear black? Black is not only for adult women. They can’t just pick and choose. Or better said, shouldn’t.
      On a side note, why are there two menorah with lit candles, and a tiny one with unlit candles bottom left?
      Snark now despite my attempt to understand some cultural and religious issues, why the matchbox I guess in the centre of the picture and just the back of the photo frames. It’s not like they are “private”. The family I mean.

      • Pumpkin (formally soup, pie) says:

        I take it as a menorah for children, the small one, but it has more than 8 candles. I don’t know.

      • Green_eyes says:

        Matchbox looks strategically placed for advertising purposes. Or, maybe in the Trump/Kardashian age of schilling everything I’m becoming jaded..

      • Pumpkin (formally soup, pie) says:

        The silver one has eight branches/candles.

      • Crystal says:

        I think the silver bump midway up the front of the silver menorah is where they have the ninth spot for that menorah. That candle is for lighting the rest.

        Though I must say it sounds obnoxious to light that many menorahs. Sure, the prayer isn’t long, but the amount of wax you have to clean up is ugh with just one. Also I feel like the candles melt at the speed of light, so getting them all lit at once is a challenge.

      • Tati says:

        Orthodox Jewish people don’t have to wear black for ceremony or after marriage/adulthood. Just dress modestly. Some ultra-Orthodox/Hasidic Jewish people tend to wear or choose to wear black because they consider it the most modest way to dress, but Ivanka doesn’t fall into the ultra-Orthodox category as she also doesn’t cover her hair. I think the monochrome is just an aesthetic choice for her.

        A hanukkiah (hanukkah menorah) has 9 candles and a temple menorah has 7. One of the hanukkiahs they have is at a weird angle so it looks like it has 8 rather than 9 branches. Anyway, during Hanukkah you light a candle for each of the eight nights from the shamash (the helper candle, usually placed centrally in the menorah). From what I can see in the picture all the menorahs are hanukiahs and they all seem to be lit appropriately. When I was young we also had a child version of the hanukiah – they’re fun and colorful and are a good way to engage children with the ritual. They usually use low flame candles, so that could be why it looks unlit.

        I personally don’t like the idea of policing how people express their religion, even individuals that I don’t like.

        “They can’t just pick and choose. Or better said, shouldn’t.”

        Why are you making or trying to enforce rules for a religious minority of which you are not a member? You said that you have a Christian background with little knowledge about Judiasm. With that in mind, I can’t understand how you see fit to educate a Jewish person on how they should worship or present. It’s nagl.

      • SoulSPA says:

        Tati, thanks for explaining that. I don’t know what nagl means. I presume it’s Yidish but I am just bragging. I could look it up. I want to apologize as I understand from your response that I sounded judgemental. For all I know they are showing off a pretty strict observance of Judaism when it suits them. I’ve seen some telling docs on strict Judaism in the NY area and that was my limited criteria. I don’t want to sound judgemental but I did not expect such criticism. I said from the beginning I knew little about Judaism, and I expected a kind explanation. Or a gentle nudge at most in case I got it wrong if someone took the time to answer. You were harsh and judgemental on someone who admitted knowing little. I was not trying to enforce anything on anyone. At least I am trying to educate myself. That’s why I asked in the first place.

    • Amy Tennant says:

      As a Christian, I feel the same way about Ivanka’s daddy. :( Not to mention, well, tons of others in politics who proclaim that they share my faith, but interpret it in a very different way from how I do.

  3. Green Is Good says:

    Yeah, because Princess is such a role model. *sarcasm*😠

  4. jerricabenton says:

    Oh man, I wish this happened at my son’s school. He’s 10, which is old enough to know what is going on in the world, but young enough to not have a filter when it comes to asking questions.

    “Hi Ivanka, why is your dad such a mean bully?”

  5. Charlie says:

    The 21st day of Chanukah! ???

  6. Eliza says:

    CT is a blue state, and Norwalk is a more diverse city. I’m not surprised by the reaction especially since even teachers weren’t told and there was lots of police outside school (the other high school had a threat against it recently) so people were panicking and teachers didn’t know how to instruct their pupils.

    • rahrahroey says:

      I’m from CT and if this had happened at my high school there would have been protests. LOL.

    • Amy says:

      I can’t imagine how extra horrifying that was for parents. And I bet when a trump is in a school to take advantage of kids for photo ops, that parents are not allowed in. Any other time of the year, we’re allowed in to check on our kids or pick them up or see what they’re doing. I would be so furious at my kids school being on lock down essentially just bc f-ing Ivanka Trump was in there. I would never want to subject my child to being in the same room with a trump and would be pissed and NOT consider it a cool surprise if my kid came home to tell me he had his picture taken next to Ivanka and everyone told him to smile and look happy.

    • Kitten says:

      My BF said something nasty about CT the other day along the lines of “CT sucks, just rich neolibs and old money” and then I sent him a link to the article about parents leaving after Ivanka showed up like “Still hate CT for no reason?”
      Sufficed to say he made a quick 180 ;)

      BTW, I think his opinion about CT is due to his Iowa upbringing in that he just doesn’t know anything about it and assumes the stereotype that it’s all rich New Yorkers. I had to let him know that some of my fave people are from that state.

  7. babykitten says:

    If it was kept secret, how did the parents know to pull their children out?

  8. Chef Grace says:

    Good for the parents. This daughter/wife to the orange white supremacist is NOT a role model for anything but her self.
    stay in the New Kremlin Daddy is building and be a good daughter/wife. Go bake your Uncle Putin some pryaniki. ;)

  9. Belle Epoch says:

    I would have been furious! The school should never have let her come at all. They could easily have cited security concerns, or keeping the school nonpartisan, or not having photo release forms from the Parents, or refusing to be part of her freaking PR game with CHILDREN. Or they should have warned Parents they were expecting “someone from the White House” and let them opt out. Badly done, stupid rich school.

  10. Millenial says:

    Well, their kids are cute. That’s the only nice thing I can say.

  11. TheOtherOne says:

    I am calling bs. I think she was in the area looking for new schools and popped into the school to justify her visit. Either Jared does not know she is leaving or she plans to disappear when he gets arrested. Jvanka keeps leaking to Vanity Fair that their life and reputation is shot in NYC so CT seems like the right choice. She can visit any school in the country especially schools between and around DC and CT – such as DC, Virginia, NJ, Pennslyvania, NY, etc. – why CT? She is not bright but she is strategic. There is no point in stumping in a solid blue state. Will these losers please just go the eff away?!

  12. Seraphina says:

    I don’t understand this picture at all. Why the back of the photos. Everything they do is calculated. But I don’t really care I want this family out and replaced by a man or woman who is a statesman. But where in the world would we find one who puta their people first????

    Anyway, on a side note, her husband makes me want to shower when I look at him. And I don’t mean in a sexy way. He reminds me of the guy in star wars that made Darth Vader.

  13. adastraperaspera says:

    Jared and Ivanka look strained in the pics. Good.

  14. Veronica says:

    Oh yeah, I’m sure a high school with a built in associates degree program really needs to bootstraps to pull themselves up. 9_9

  15. Lara says:

    But why the box of Swan matches front and center of the picture? Do they sponsor them??

  16. island_girl says:

    I don’t blame those parents at all. She is no different than her father, a greedy, selfish opportunist who only cares for herself. She is everything wrong with this world.

  17. Shelly says:

    Island Girl.. You missed white supremacist with a cheap weave. Kate Middleton gets drags for her wiglet but I think Ivanka is in a class by herself.

  18. Cranberry says:

    Yeay, for the parents. I don’t blame them at all. I just hope the kids that had to listen to Ivanka trash were de-indoctrinized afterwards.

  19. Ira says:

    Maybe she wanted to emulate obama’s surprise visit several days ago, only to get opposite reaction, lol.

  20. Who ARE These People? says:

    I’m just here for the aluminum foil under the menorahs. Surprised Ivanka didn’t find some kind of precious high-end material but instead went for this universally recognized wax-catcher.

  21. Aerohead21 says:

    Does she not understand the basics of the new tax bill her dad is about to sign into law? People of low and moderate income families will now have an even harder if not virtually impossible time to “pull themselves up by their bootstraps” to make a better life for themselves. Who are the white alt-right going to blame for their poverty now?! Won’t be minorities or foreign people trying to live he American Dream.

  22. themummy says:

    I’m going to hell for saying this, but Invanka’s daughter is going to be an insufferable nightmare as she gets older. I know. Leave the kids alone. I know. I’m going to hell. But I still think it. They are raising her to be a snooty, arrogant, insufferable little know-it-all.

    I’m going to go punch myself in the face now for saying that and not just thinking it.

    Also, Ivanka’s face just makes me feel rage now, just like the Orange Anus’s face does.

  23. Amy says:

    If it were any other former Republican president or his family I would agree with you. The trumps are so disgusting and they are literally ruining our country and stomping on common decency and the idea that politicians should be respectful people. To let your kids be in the same room with a trump when said trump is there specifically as a personal image PR stunt type of thing is saying that you are okay or just neutral about the trumps. You say people weren’t told to avoid a huge protest. That is how democracy works. The people let their government officials know when they are pissed off. Parents need to be able to know what their kids are being exposed to and when their kids are being used as pawns in some sick trump PR stunt. At my sons school, we get a permission slip home for EVERYTHING. Down to if the kids will be watching a movie in the classroom. We have to give permission for our child to watch the movie. Or go on any field trip, or participate in any sort of extracurricular anything even if it’s taking place during the school day. Especially anything that could be considered controversial. Posing with the daughter of the president who is currently being investigated for multiple crimes against his own country? Eh, Let’s not tell anyone, they might get mad and make a big deal out of it. Disney movie rated PG for mild language being played during a holiday party? Better ask and get everyone’s permission first.

  24. minx says:

    I would be extremely pissed if my kids were at the school.

  25. Cranberry says:

    “Parents need to be able to know what their kids are being exposed to and when their kids are being used as pawns in some sick trump PR stunt”

    +1, OMG yes. That’s so infuriating to me. They have no problem with unauthorized co-opting of people’s children for pr stunts. They seriously think they are entitled to do as they please by what ever means. They’re disgusting.