It seems Ivanka Trump is not well-informed about her father’s executive orders. Either that or she just doesn’t care if she seems like a hypocrite.
Shortly after Trump tweeted a post on equal pay for women on April 4 — a week after President Donald Trump overturned former President Obama’s “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” order — the first daughter posted a message to honor libraries and librarians.
This #NationalLibraryWeek, we honor our libraries and librarians for opening our eyes to the world of knowledge, learning and reading!— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) April 14, 2017
However, it just so happens that her father last month decided to cut funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
In March, Trump released his proposed budget plan for 2018, which would eliminate four independent cultural agencies, including the $230 million budget for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The huge cut would be a devastating blow to state and local libraries and museums all over the country, so it is quite ironic that Ivanka would tweet about “honoring” libraries just a month later.
Predictably, many of the libraries and librarians, not to mention library aficionados, were not amused by her tweet.
@IvankaTrump Your father is about to completely defund the federal agency that helps to fund libraries. You might wanna look into that.— Jason Griffey (@griffey) April 14, 2017
Best writerly burn I saw in response to Ivanka's library tweet: "She doesn't even use the Oxford comma."— Stephanie Lucianovic (@grubreport) April 14, 2017
I wonder if Ivanka Trump even has a library card...— Rita Meade (@ScrewyDecimal) April 15, 2017
@IvankaTrump Then stop defunding them so you don't look like a hypocrite.— YasmineGalenorn (@YasmineGalenorn) April 14, 2017
@IvankaTrump Then why are you cutting funding to libraries?— Art Blister (@blisteringart) April 14, 2017
This is hardly the first time Trump has displayed her hypocrisy. The first daughter has previously said she wanted to be champion of climate change, yet her father put a climate change denier at the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. In April, Trump met with the president of Planned Parenthood, Cecil Richards, but that did not prevent her father from signing a major anti-abortion bill that provides block grants to states.
Trump is now one of Trump’s top aides, which means she has considerable influence on her father’s decisions (if, for argument’s sake, she didn’t before). Eric Trump did say that the president’s bombing of Syria was a family decision in which Ivanka was heavily involved, after all. So, it must be easy for the first daughter to convince her dad not to cut down on the IMLS budget — if she wanted to, that is.