Apparently, Ivanka Trump is no longer content to travel the world in seemingly pointless missions as Shadow First Lady. She has recently taken on a stranger role in her father's administration: tidying up the lady.
Although Fox News announced shortly after her father's inauguration that she is trying to stay away from politics, Trump's eldest daughter has chosen a more political moment for the defense of her father, in which his heated rhetoric has become explicitly racist.
Following a weekend of massive shootings, Trump turned to Twitter to draw attention to another city ̵
"While we mourn over the evil mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, we must not overlook that Chicago has experienced its deadliest weekend of the year," Trump tweeted. "With 7 people dead and 52 wounded near a Windy City playground – and little national outrage or media coverage – we must not be deaf to the violence that urban districts face every day."
Trump's tweet came to John Bash, the US attorney for the Western District of Texas, announced that his office would treat the shooting in El Paso as a "domestic terrorist incident," noting that the attack was "at least intended to intimidate a civilian population ". "According to writings left online, the 21-year-old gunman traveled to the border town of El Paso for almost 10 hours to assassinate Hispanic Americans and provoke political changes that would prevent further immigration to the US He used a language directly attributed to Presidential rhetoric against immigrants.
Based on Ivanka Trump's tweet, however, it seems as if an even larger mass shooting in a major US metropolis has mysteriously gone unnoticed by the country, but of course it has its numbers and other details
First, gun violence across the city was not "near a Windy City playground," although seven people were wounded by Douglas Park over the weekend, according to the Chicago Tribune shot in separate incidents of which seven were killed In the wake of American arms culture, the normalization of armed force across the country is making such horrors routinely underestimated and slowly becoming more acceptable. However, mass shootings, such as those falsely described by Ivanka Trump, have not yet been included in this class of normalized armed force.
During a press conference on Tuesday, Mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot, called Trump's tweets "nonsense" and noted that her calls to the White House were ignored. Prior to her recent takeover as mayor of Chicago, Lightfoot visited the White House to meet with Ivanka Trump, but the emerging relationship already seems to have turned cold.
One day before Trump's tweet, Lightfoot had talked about the president. "What he did is whistle any racist, xenophobic dog, if you do, if you blow that kind of dog whistle, animals will come out," said Lightfoot, calling on Trump to press for arms control legislation to solve the violence in their city.
In response to Lightfoot's comment, a spokeswoman, "Ivanka has greatly appreciated meeting Mayor Lightfoot, respecting her commitment to tackling this issue, and looking forward to starting the conversation on this issue The quote was misleading as all firing events took place in one place, and it should be remembered that there were 7 dead and 52 wounded in the city, which is in this place The year is one of the deadliest weekends in the city, and your point of view remains the same, we can not ignore the force of arms used in the city occurs daily throughout the country.
Her response shows how racist the Chicago crime is when Republicans are looking for a convenient distraction. Because the saying "inner city crime" or "inner city violence" is now widely seen as a dog whistle for "black", the Trump administration has turned instead to "Chicago" to convey the same feelings.
President Trump has repeatedly appealed to the violence in Chicago.
"Seven people were shot dead in Chicago yesterday. What's going on – totally out of control. Chicago needs help! Trump tweeted in February 2017. In June of that year, he tweeted : "Crime and murders in Chicago have reached such epidemic proportions that I'm sending them to Federal Send. 1714 shots in Chicago this year!
However, as the Chicago police noted at the time, they asked the Trump administration for help and were ignored.
"We have inquiries to The White House and the Department of Justice support our work – from increasing federal prosecution of firearms to more FBI, DEA and ATF agents, to more funding for mentoring, vocational training and more "Said Superintendent of the Chicago Police, Eddie Johnson, in a statement. "The mayor put the request to us only last week and we are confident that the government will finally answer."
Ignoring tweeting seems to be a pastime of the family.
There's a reason why Trump and his government are constantly referring to Chicago, even though it's not even ranked in the top 20 cities for killings per capita. It is a liberal bastion with a large population of black people and the hometown of Barack Obama. The Right Wing has demonized Chicago for over 100 years, starting with reporting on criminals like Al Capone. This quickly turned into a narrative that blacks are violent and kill themselves during the civil rights movement, and now a perverted gaze on Chicago's continuing gun violence.
When her father staged a small fight with Democrat Elijah Cummings last month, Trump drew the same game with Baltimore.
"I encourage everyone to promote smart policies and / or support organizations that encourage the great people of Charm City," she tweeted.
She did not, however, mention her father's dehumanizing attack on the population of Baltimore or a experienced black legislator .
Ivanka Trump's clean-up after her father's openly racist attacks on two major US cities this summer shows that she is fully involved in the worst aspects of his administration and no longer has any sense for her reputation.