“Our nation’s campuses should be bastions of free speech,” tweeted President Donald Trump’s daughter and adviser on Friday, alongside a video of the address she’d pre-recorded for the ceremony.
“Cancel culture and viewpoint discrimination are antithetical to academia,” she added. “Listening to one another is important now more than ever.”
Here is the message I recorded on May 18th for the Graduates of WSU-Tech. I know that all of these talented graduates will dream big and aspire to make the world a better place!— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) June 5, 2020
Our nation’s campuses should be bastions of free speech. Cancel culture and viewpoint discrimination are antithetical to academia.— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) June 5, 2020
Listening to one another is important now more than ever!https://t.co/VW6W8TIL9c
Many noted her reported involvement when federal authorities on Monday used tear gas to clear peaceful protesters from near the White House so that the president could pose with a Bible in front of St. John’s Church. The stunt has been widely condemned.
Your father tear gassed people exercising their right to free speech.— Bill Prady (@billprady) June 6, 2020
Take a seat. https://t.co/tYaqgghPV1
So should our streets, but nooo, you and daddy gas protesters so he can do a photo-op. Suck it up, buttercup! https://t.co/TMJkMcsXBd— Jamie Holly (@JamieHolly) June 6, 2020
"Free speech!" cries Sweatshop Barbie, who walked alongside her fascist daddy, carrying his prop bible in her purse, as he gassed peaceful protestors along the way to a photo op. https://t.co/OXO1uXf8Zb— Randi Mayem Singer (@rmayemsinger) June 6, 2020
Shame on you— Katie Krause #BlackLivesMatter (@Katie_Krause) June 5, 2020
Can you tell me where you got your purse? The one you wore to watch peaceful protestors get tear gassed while your dad held a book for the first time? Drop a link babe?— carolina barlow (@Carolina_Barlow) June 6, 2020
Is that before you gas them and hit them with plastic bullets for a photo op with a bible? https://t.co/u33x4lckdH— We Know what Trump is but who are we? (@jojake111) June 6, 2020
You helped daddy gassed peacefully citizens protesting on Monday. Where is that apology?— Denise Wu (@denisewu) June 5, 2020
WSU Tech drew backlash from students and faculty members on Thursday after announcing it would broadcast a pre-recorded message from Ivanka Trump during its commencement, being held online amid the coronavirus pandemic.
An open letter condemning her involvement in the ceremony garnered almost 500 signatures. “Ivanka Trump, obviously, represents her father’s administration as one of his closest advisors,” it read. “To many Americans, that administration has come to signify the worst of our country, particularly in its recent actions toward those peacefully protesting against racist police brutality.”
Wichita State University and WSU Tech jointly announced late Thursday that the WSU Tech commencement plans had been “refocused more centrally on students.” Instead, a “practical nursing graduate, will now be the only commencement speaker during the ceremony.”
Dr. Sheree Utash, the president of WSU Tech, explained in a separate statement how the invitation to Ivanka Trump had been “extended in February” to “record a congratulatory message to graduates to be played during our event.”
“In light of the social justice issues brought forth by George Floyd’s death, I understand and take responsibility that the timing of the announcement was insensitive,” said Utash. “For this, I’m sorry that was never the intent, and I want you to know I have heard you and we are responding.”
“Our graduates will also be invited to separately view congratulatory messages from over 30 voices, including Ms. Trump and community members,” Utash added.
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