In a tweet heard round the interwebs, the president’s soon-to-be-former-daughter-in-law Vanessa Trump shared pics of her kids (their father is Donald Trump, Jr.) getting ready to head off to summer camp —and the Twitter reaction was swift.
And while Vanessa’s tweet has since been pulled down, as Twitter user and ShareBlue Senior Writer Oliver Willis says, “…the internet never forgets.”
Vanessa Trump has now deleted her tweet. But the internet never forgets. pic.twitter.com/NpDB0Yw0YK
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) June 20, 2018
At any other time, Vanessa’s share might seem sweet (a mom saying goodbye to her kids) or at least innocuous— but not when her estranged father-in-law’s new “Zero Tolerance” immigration policy is enforcing family separation, callously ripping screaming immigrant children from their families at the U.S./Mexican border and housing them in cages and on concrete floors in extreme temperatures, far from the loving arms of anxious parents seeking a better life for them.
Not when most Americans and human rights groups around the world are outraged at this administration’s actions and looking for ways to fight for the lives and well-being of the over 2000+ (and growing) number of distraught immigrant children uncertain of their future.
And especially not when FOX News‘s Laura Ingraham made headlines recently by referring to the detainment centers that these children are being housed in as “summer camps” and “boarding schools.”
Instead, in light of all of this, Vanessa Trump’s post came off as:
Oh sweetie. You are so tone deaf. Do you not see how this is so inappropriate since your father in law is caging kids and your poster child for deplorables @IngrahamAngle calls them summer camps? Are you really that stupid?
— AmericanagainstTrump (@notadeplorable2) June 20, 2018
THE ENTIRE FAMILY IS TONE DEAF
— Keri & Greta Von Schnauzerheimer (@keriqbaum) June 20, 2018
Given that rich people's idea of parenting is nannies during the school year and fancy camps during the summer, are we sure they even care that much about being separated from their own children?
— House of Mirth (@HouseOfMirth29) June 20, 2018
While I'm certainly not going to dispute the possibility that her tweet was deliberately cruel, I think the more likely explanation is that she simply isn't thinking about it at all.
— Michael Evans (@colombiadocs) June 20, 2018
Solid comparison @MrsVanessaTrump
South American babies ripped from mothers arms and Native Indian themed camp. Could you be anymore whitebread ignorant?? Your name suggest yes, you could be.
— Gerry Budler (@lvslotvines) June 20, 2018
Or maybe something more despicably cruel and heartless.
This was deliberate
— Jill Carpenter Levy (@388shark) June 20, 2018
I want to believe she was being tone deaf; however, part of me believes she was mocking the incarcerated children. The Trump's are all awful human beings, and they will have their reckoning. Hopefully sooner rather than later.
— Eric Slater (@ericsslater) June 20, 2018
A tent? With this, Ryan posing with his baby for Father's Day, and Nielsen at a Mexican restaurant, I don't know whether to laugh or cry. pic.twitter.com/TcexVghmAl
— Jessie Raymond (@mjjel1) June 20, 2018
awww. how cute. she's got her own little tent city goin' on. #Despicable
— Candy Prong (@CandyProng) June 20, 2018
And many wondered why her version of summer camp scenes didn’t quite align with Ingraham’s:
I hear there are brand new summer camps being built in southern Texas. Laura Ingraham highly recommends them! Is that where you will be sending your children? Full disclosure: you might not get them back.
— Rachel Kasten (@RachelKasten) June 20, 2018
Will they be put in cages too?
— Jud-iful (@CinemaWidow) June 20, 2018
Where's the cement floor?
Chain link cage?
— flybry55 (@flybry55) June 20, 2018
Where are the cages?
— Green Moon Art (@greenmoonart) June 20, 2018
There is a “camp” in Texas I can think of…I am sure Trump kids will love it.
— Cindi (@Cinianwidger1) June 20, 2018
Needs more aluminum foil bedsheets, crying children, and child molesting ICE agents.
— Wayward Son (@waywardson2016) June 20, 2018
If Twitter sentiment and historical reference are any indication, the First Family might want to tread carefully moving forward:
Marie Antoinette to the Trumps – “You might want to dial it back a bit.” https://t.co/mcXfAcnoI6
— Schooley (@Rschooley) June 20, 2018
Got cake? pic.twitter.com/75DsjFMH88
— Love (@onlylove2016) June 20, 2018
Marie Antoinette level
— JeremyConstantinople (@smartflexin) June 20, 2018