Ivanka Embraced an Important Moment in History and the Washington Post Is Worried About Her Handbag

On Monday evening after a violent night of riots in Lafayette Park, President Trump walked from the White House to St. John’s Episcopal Church after it had been burned the night before. In a show of strength and resolve, he held up a bible and declared, “We have a great country, the greatest country in the world.”

“For this President, it was powerful and important to send a message that rioters, the looters, the anarchists, they will not prevail. That burning churches are not what America is about. In that moment, holding the Bible up, something that has widely hailed by Franklin Graham and others and it was a very important symbol for the American people to see that we will get through this with through unity and through faith,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany explained about the move. 

After days of advocating for justice in the killing of George Floyd, Senior White House Advisor Ivanka Trump joined the president for the historic moment. Also making the walk, she embraced the president’s resolve and courage against lawlessness, looting and violence. 

“People in Minneapolis are hurting for a reason. Justice is how we heal. My heart goes out to George Floyd‘s family and all Americans who are hurting,” she tweeted on May 29. 

But the Washington Post’s “fashion critic,” Robin Givhan, isn’t focused on those actions. Instead, she’s focused on Ivanka’s handbag, shoes, hair and other physical attributes. 

“Trump’s photo with his loyalists was a vulgar mess. And Ivanka brought a handbag,” Givhan wrote. “The president was accompanied by a throng of staff, but the person who stood out in the blur of dark suits crossing the square was his daughter and adviser Ivanka. Always Ivanka. She stood tall on her stilettos. She rose, golden-haired, above the group. She was dressed in black cropped pants and blazer. She was toting a very large white handbag and later was wearing a matching face mask with tiny metallic stars.”

Worse and going outside the bounds of "fashion," Givhan claimed Ivanka was simply “playing a part,” discounting her individual success as a woman inside and outside of the White House. 

"Ivanka long ago perfected the art of playing the part, of moving through life like an Instagram feed made real,” she wrote. 

A petty, political screed. The headline should have been about Ivanka’s position as a professional woman in a male dominated environment — one that Givhan herself described as “the blur of dark suits.”

For decades feminists have been screaming, rightfully, that women shouldn’t be superficially judged by their appearance or clothing, but instead on their work. They’ve fought tirelessly for decades to be taken seriously in the workplace as professional equals. As women, we’ve been told to build each other up, not tear each other down, especially in moments of crisis.

But because her last name is Trump, so-called champions of women like Givhan are happy to tear Ivanka down while ironically calling for calm and unity. What a missed opportunity to engage in female empowerment, at this historic time, regardless of political party. 



Gen. Mattis says he’s ‘angry and appalled’ at Trump’s response to protests

President Trump’s first Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, who resigned last year, spoke out against his former boss for the first time Wednesday, saying he is “angry and appalled” at the White House’s response to the protests over the death of George Floyd.

“When I joined the military, some 50 years ago, I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution,” Mattis said in a statement emailed to reporters. “Never did I dream that troops taking that same oath would be ordered under any circumstance to violate the Constitutional rights of their fellow citizens — much less to provide a bizarre photo op for the elected commander-in-chief, with military leadership standing alongside.”

He continued: “Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people — does not even pretend to try. “Instead he tries to divide us. We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership.”

The statement by Mattis, who when he was appointed was lauded by Trump for his toughness and praised by the President as one of “my generals,”  was remarkable because, until now, he has studiously avoided any direct criticism of his former  Commander-in-Chief. But Mattis in his statement made it clear that the president’s attempted crackdown on protesters was his breaking point. 

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 “The words “Equal Justice Under Law” are carved in the pediment of the United States Supreme Court,” Mattis wrote. “This is precisely what protesters are rightly demanding. It is a wholesome and unifying demand — one that all of us should be able to get behind. We must not be distracted by a small number of lawbreakers. The protests are defined by tens of thousands of people of conscience who are insisting that we live up to our values — our values as people and our values as a nation.” 

 He then decried the idea of using military force to police disturbances in American cities.  

“We must reject any thinking of our cities as a ‘battlespace’ that our uniformed military is called upon to dominate,’” Mattis wrote, a reference to the call by Secretary of Defense Mike Esper for governors to “dominate the battle space” in the face of demonstrations. “At home, we should use our military only when requested to do so, on very rare occasions, by state governors. Militarizing our response, as we witnessed in Washington, D.C., sets up a conflict — a false conflict — between the military and civilian society. It erodes the moral ground that ensures a trusted bond between men and women in uniform and the society they are sworn to protect, and of which they themselves are a part. Keeping public order rests with civilian state and local leaders who best understand their communities and are answerable to them.” 

Not long after, Trump replied with a tweet saying that he never liked Mattis in the first place:

'Random Piles of Bricks' Magically Appearing at Protests While Agitators Hand Out Cash to Rioters

A video from New York City shows a protester heaving a brick through a window. This is a common sight the last few nights as riots have broken out in the wake of protests over the killing of George Floyd.

Ever wonder where those bricks come from? No doubt, a nearby construction site, right? Believing anything else is nutty and a conspiracy theory.

Tell that to the Kansas City Police.

kcpolice @kcpolice

We have learned of & discovered stashes of bricks and rocks in & around the Plaza and Westport to be used during a riot. If you see anything like this, you can text 911 and let us know so we can remove them. This keeps everyone safe and allows your voice to continue to be heard.

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“Stashes of bricks”? What’s a stash of bricks doing in the middle of a Manhattan street with no construction project around?

Kevin R Hogan@KRHogan_NTD

"Yo, we got bricks. We got bricks!"— in Manhattan chanced upon a cache in the street equipped with bricks and a shovel at 10:01 p.m. on Second Ave between St. Marks Pl. and Seventh St.

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Fox News:

Unconfirmed videos emerged on social media that claimed to show random stacks of bricks in the middle of some of these protest locations. Breaking911, a Twitter handle with nearly 700,000 followers, posted that “videos continue to surface showing protesters stumbling upon pallets of bricks or pavers in areas with no construction taking place.”

Videos of rioters stumbling on these piles prompted several theories online about their origin, ranging from them being planted there by police so rioters could face tougher charges to outside agitators trying to up the stir up more trouble.

ICE T, who has spoken out against police brutality and in favor of the protesters, posted a Twitter video that showed some of the bricks, and wrote,  “Looks like a set up to me…There’s ALWAYS more than meets the eye.”

Yes, there is, and it’s happening everywhere.

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