Ivanka Trump has called insurrectionists who stormed the US Capitol building “American Patriots” while urging them to refrain from violence, before hurriedly backtracking on the comment.
In a now-deleted tweet, sent as protesters stormed the seat of US democracy, the president’s eldest daughter and adviser said: “American patriots – any security breach or disrespect to our law enforcement is unacceptable. The violence must stop immediately. Please be peaceful.”
Pointedly, she did not ask protests to abandon their demonstration or ask them to abandon their siege of the US Capitol building.
Questioned online about her use of the term “patriots” to describe the protesters – some of who carried the secessionist Confederate flag – Ivanka Trump clarified: “No. Peaceful protest is patriotic. Violence is unacceptable and must be condemned in the strongest terms.” She deleted the original tweet. The response remains online.
Ivanka Trump has not tweeted since.
From inside the besieged Capitol building, journalist Jake Sherman condemned Trump’s use of the term “patriots”. “American patriots? I’m sitting here in lockdown. The capitol has been breached and people have guns drawn. What are you talking about?”
White House correspondent April Ryan said while Ivanka was painted as the “voice of reason” advising her father, she was “complicit” in the violence visited upon the Capitol. Read from source….