Rashida Tlaib Slams Ivanka Trump Over Shootings Solidarity Message: 'Try Checking Your Dad On His Tweets'
President Donald Trump's daughter and adviser, Ivanka Trump, is facing backlash after calling on Americans to raise their voices against "cowardly acts of hate, terror and violence" following the weekend's deadly mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.
"As our nation mourns the senseless loss of life in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio and prays for the victims and their loved ones, we must also raise our voices in rejection of these heinous and cowardly acts of hate, terror and violence. White supremacy, like all other forms of terrorism, is an evil that must be destroyed," Ivanka Trump wrote in a tweet on Sunday.
While more than 57,000 people "liked" the first daughter's message, many others were quick to question how Ivanka could possibly condemn "acts of hate, terror and violence" without considering the role her father's own rhetoric has played in fueling hatred and division across the country.
Among the critics of Ivanka's message was Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who was one of four congresswomen targeted by the president in his widely-condemned tweet telling the "squad" to "go back" to the "crime-infested places from which they came" and "then come back and show us how it is done."
"Your prayers aren't working," Tlaib wrote, retweeting Ivanka's message. "Try checking your dad on his tweets," she said, offering the president's adviser some words of advice. "251 mass shootings in the U.S. in 216 days."
"He incites violence every day [with] his hate agenda and racism," Tlaib said. "More people are dying [because] he fails to fight white supremacist terrorists. They are the ones who hate America. "
Ivanka's message came after John Bash, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas announced that his office would be treating the shooting in El Paso as a "domestic terrorist case," noting that the attack appeared to "be designed to intimidate a civilian population, to say the least."
The suspect in the shooting, who has been identified as Patrick Crusius, a 21-year-old resident of Allen, Texas, is believed to have authored a post on the website 8chan in the lead-up to the attack, railing against Hispanics, immigrants and the Republican Party's "inaction" against the destruction of the United States.
As many have pointed out, the post uses language similar to that espoused by the president, with the author branding the presence of Hispanics in Texas an "invasion."
But while the author strives to make clear that their beliefs "predate Trump and his campaign for president," many have blamed the U.S. leader for having stoked the racism and hatred upon which such beliefs rely.
Tlaib was not alone in condemning Ivanka's message calling for Americans to speak out against acts of hate, without scrutinizing her own father's rhetoric.
"Tell that to your heinous, cowardly, race-baiting dad," wrote screenwriter Randi Mayem Singer.
"Do we really need to remind you who your father is?" another Twitter user, Jeff Tiedrich said.