One year later, Ivanka Trump marks anniversary of Charlottesville riots, and people aren't having it

Tanya Edwards
Ivanka Trump (Photo: Getty Images)

This Saturday was the the one-year anniversary of riots in Charlottesville, Va., where clashes between white supremacists and counterprotesters left one woman dead and reignited heated discussions of race in America.

Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Trump and an adviser to his administration, shared a string of three tweets Saturday evening.

She stuck to her ongoing (on brand?) message of lifting one another up and striving to help all Americans achieve their full potential.

White nationalists held the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville last year to protest the removal of a statue honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

The president was slammed last year for saying that there was “hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides” in the wake of the rally, which left 32-year-old Heather Heyer dead. He then backtracked on his comments in a statement that condemned the Ku Klux Klan and white supremacists. But then, shortly afterward, he said that while there were bad people in the white supremacist group, “you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides.”

Many replies to Ivanka’s tweet called out her father’s past statements and seemed keen to not let her gloss over them.

Actress and activist Mia Farrow called the president’s comments last year “ugly.”

Many focused on remembering Heyer, who was killed when a car plowed into counterprotesters in Charlottesville last year.

Others accused Ivanka of “hypocrisy” for saying the right thing but doing seemingly nothing.


The organizer of last year’s event, white nationalist Jason Kessler, was denied a permit in Charlottesville this year but has secured permission to hold a demonstration on Sunday in Washington, D.C., across the street from the White House.

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