Alas, no: Ivanka’s condemnation was not directed at President Trump, but CNN anchor Don Lemon and two pundits, New York Times columnist Wajahat Ali and ex-Republican strategist Rick Wilson. During live coverage of Trump’s impeachment proceedings on Saturday night, Wilson referenced a recent, contentious NPR interview between veteran All Things Considered host Mary Louise Kelly and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in which Kelly said Pompeo shouted at her and “asked if I could find Ukraine on a map.” Kelly did, indeed, point to the country that has been at the center of the news of late, and the exchange sparked much chuckling from the CNN lineup.
Pompeo “knows deep within his heart that Donald Trump couldn’t find Ukraine on a map if you had the letter ‘U’ and a picture of an actual physical crane next to it,” Wilson said, causing Lemon to laugh until he cried. “He knows that this is an administration defined by ignorance of the world. And so that’s partly him playing to the base and playing to their audience. You know, the credulous boomer rube demo that backs Donald Trump.” Lemon continued to chuckle, while Wilson and Ali mocked the idea that drinking lattes, and geography, were liberal evils.
Which is where Ivanka’s ire comes in. “The arrogance, mocking accents and smug ridicule of this nation’s ‘Real Elites’ is disgusting,” she wrote in her strongly worded tweet about the panel on Tuesday. (Completely coincidentally, I’m sure, her father had also slammed Lemon on Monday night, tweeting: “Don Lemon, the dumbest man on television (with terrible ratings!)”)
Equally disgusting: cyberbullying children, like Greta Thunberg, and attacking countless women, from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to Mika Brzezinksi and Kirsten Gillibrand, on the platform. If Ivanka is truly disturbed by arrogantly mocking and ridiculing others, she may want to head to the East Wing and lend her voice to Melania Trump’s highly successful and consistent Be Best campaign.