Tiffany Trump is under fire for participating in a social media protest over the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer, as her supporters and critics of her father sentenced her for very different reasons.
After days of silence amid protests and civil unrest across the country, the first daughter took to Instagram to share a black box in support of #BlackoutTuesday, a day activists began to mourn and advocate for policy change after the death of Floyd.
“Only we can achieve so little; together we can achieve so much. ‘ – Helen Keller #blackout Tuesday #justiceforgeorgefloyd, ‘Tiffany, 26, endorsed the post, who quickly faced backlash from both Republicans and Democrats.
Under attack: Tiffany Trump sparked controversy when she took part in #BlackoutTuesday, a day to mourn and advocate for change after George Floyd’s death
Interesting choice: Tiffany, 26, quoted Helen Keller when she shared her post
The Georgetown Law graduate’s message came just hours after peaceful protesters in Washington, D.C. – including priests – were sprayed with tear gas by officers clearing a path for her father to take pictures of St. John’s Church.
Black Lives Matter supporters urged Tiffany to share her thoughts with her father, who called Minneapolis protesters “criminals,” and threatened violence against them in a series of inflammatory tweets.
“Maybe you can try explaining this to your father,” one person wrote, while another said, “Call your father so he can get the message … he has called for the head to roll in so many situations, but has nevertheless called for these agents to trial. ‘
Many people found the post hypocritical because of the President’s actions and threats of violence against protesters.
Awkward: Tiffany’s post came hours after her father was beaten for using tear gas and pepper spray to clean up protesters near St. John’s Church so he could take a photo
No longer peaceful: Arlington County police officers are shown pushing protesters back outside the White House
Knockback: Critics called Tiffany’s post hypocrite and urged her to talk to her dad about his treatment of the protesters if she wants change
“What do you think of the tear gas in peaceful protests in front of the church ???” asked an Instagram user. “What do you think as a lawyer about the 1807 resurrection law?” I think those words would speak louder than this action … “
“Ha! This is rich. Have you seen what your father did to peaceful protesters in DC last night so he could post with a holy book he clearly never opened? another commented.
“It would have been a good idea to quote a black activist / thinker, but hey,” said someone else journalist Dave Quinn commented, “Appropriate that you used a quote from Helen Keller here, because you and your family remain blind and deaf to what’s really going on.”
Some agreed that Tiffany can do more to evoke change, with a female person saying she should use her law school to fight systemic racism.
Black sheep? Many people wondered what Tiffany’s father would think if she pleaded for justice for Floyd
Other Side: Much of the response, however, came from conservatives who called her a “sheep” and threatened to “no longer follow her,” claiming that “all lives are important.”
“Hollow, Tiff. Hold your father to account. Call your poisonous brothers and sisters, ”she added. Use your platform for action instead of vanity. Are you getting a law degree? Become a public defender. Prison Reform Champion. Literally do everything except this. Change your name while you’re at it. History is focused on you. ‘
Much of the backlashhowever, came from Trump supporters who essentially called her a traitor. Conservative critics called her a “sheep” and threatened to “no longer follow her” – claiming that “all lives matter.”
“Disappointed, you are definitely not your father,” one noted, while the other wrote, “I can’t believe you’re listening to this trap! Don’t follow you again !! ”
“You drank the koolaid, Tiff,” said someone else.
Praise: Tiffany got some support from fans, including her boyfriend Michael Boulos’ father, Massad Boulos, who put on emoji to stay with her
“You don’t either !! ?? Sheeple, all lives are important, “argued an Instagram user.
“Oh boy, I’d like that [know] what your family thinks about this, “wrote another, prompting Massad Boulos, the father of Tiffany’s friend Michael, to respond with two thumbs up emoji.
Despite all the criticism, there were those who praised Tiffany for being brave enough to share the post, knowing she would face backlash from both sides.
“Wow it seems there might be a Trump who really messes with humanity? Thank you for saying that. I respect that you had the courage to post it, “one person wrote.
“The only Trump I’ve ever had time for. Your mother raised you well, ”said another.
Mother’s Daughter: Tiffany’s mom Marla Maples shared a # Blackout Tuesday post
Shut up: None of Tiffany’s half-siblings took part in the social media protest, although her sister-in-law Lara Trump shared a black box with hearts in the center
United Front: Tiffany’s friend Michael used the hashtags #blackouttuesday and #justiceforgeorgefloyd when sharing his post
Both Tiffany’s mom Marla Maples and her boyfriend Michael took part in #BlackOutTuesday with similar posts.
‘A world. A love. One Spirit flows between us … Please God, let’s pause for a moment to feel this … let’s feel the pain and fear that has been inflicted on our brothers and sisters this day and come together … United, ‘Marla, 56, wrote. “I choose love. I choose peace. I choose to listen. I choose to learn with an open heart #georgefloyd #callforlove #blackouttuesday #pray. ‘
Intention: Michael also posted part of a quote from former President Barack Obama on his Instagram stories, although it seems like he was trying to stand up for Tiffany’s dad
Meanwhile, Michael, the 22-year-old heir to the multi-billion dollar Nigerian conglomerate Boulos Enterprises, used the hashtag #blackouttuesday and #justiceforgeorgefloyd.
He also posted part of a quote from former President Barack Obama on his Instagram stories, although it seems like he was trying to stand up for Tiffany’s father rather than show support for the previous leader.
In the quote, Obama explained that “the elected officials who are most important in police reform and the criminal justice system work at the state and local levels.”
None of Tiffany’s half-siblings took part in the social media protest, although her sister-in-law Lara Trump shared a black heart box in the middle – without a caption about Floyd or Blackout Tuesday.
There have been protests in cities across the country for seven days after Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed black man, died in police custody on May 25 in custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
While in custody for allegedly using a $ 20 counterfeit bill at a sandwich shop, white officer Derek Chauvin knelt in the neck for nearly nine minutes. Floyd stopped responding and was later pronounced dead in the hospital.
Chauvin has since been detained and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. Floyd’s family is calling for a first degree murder charge against Chauvin after an independent autopsy found that he died of suffocation from persistent pressure on his neck.