Ivanka Trump, the daughter of US President Donald Trump, posted a picture of her on social media … [+]
After an extended absence from Twitter and other social media, Trump has returned.
No, not the former US President and current resident of Mar-A-Lago, Donald Trump. Rather, it was the daughter of Donald and the former “adviser to the President” Ivanka Trump, the photos of herself with the words “Today I got the shot !!! I hope you do too! Thank you, Sister Torres ”:
No ALL CAPS. No “I’m your favorite so and so.” No slams on others. That just seemed like a positive public health message promoting Covid-19 vaccination during the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Interestingly, Trump the Ivanka did not mention the name “Covid-19” in the tweet and instead opted for the generic term “shot”. This somewhat ambiguous term could have referred to any type of vaccination or even a vodka or basketball shot. The failure to mention “Covid-19” does not seem to be a significant omission. But in the course of 2020 Trump the Donald often avoided using the real name “Covid-19” when referring to the disease and virus, and instead tried his own names like the “China Virus” or to use the “kung flu”. Calling Covid-19 things like that isn’t just like calling Justin Bieber something like “the Biebs” or “the one I dream about when I make smoothies”. A study published in the American Journal of Public Health found a link between the use of the words “China virus” and anti-Asian sentiment on Twitter, which is not very nice for Asian Americans. Meanwhile, Ivanka Trump made no significant effort to correct her father when he used such inflammatory names.
Still, some expressed hope that the Trump the Ivanka vaccination would convince those who follow it and Trump the Donald to receive the Covid-19 vaccine:
As our PHICOR team study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, showed, quelling the U.S. pandemic this year can be difficult without vaccinating at least the majority of Americans and protecting over 70% of Americans against the virus . According to a recent poll by NPR / PBS NewsHour / Marist, 49 percent of Republican men and 34 percent of Republican women said they don’t plan on getting vaccinated with 47 percent of Trump supporters for 2020, suggesting that they would reject the Covid-19 vaccine. The way “back to normal” in the USA could lead through Trump supporters, so to speak.
The question, however, is how much influence the Trump family really has on their supporters. Are Trump supporters actually following Trump or did Trump simply pursue, reinforce and support what Trump supporters believed in before Trump ran for president and became president? In other words, who is following whom? The following response to Ivanka Trump’s tweet in the words of Maroon 5 may leave you wondering:
And Tina Nguyen, a reporter for Politico, posted a scrolling compilation of “No,” “Pass,” and other similar responses to Trump the Ivanka’s Instagram post:
In the meantime, take a wild guess as to how some QAnon supporters reacted to Ivanka Trump’s photo. The answer rhymes with “Conspiracy World Series”. Yes, conspiracy theories. Arieh Kovler created some montages of some claims made by QAnon supporters, including claims that Trump was the Ivanka, drum roll, please, fake it:
As you can see, some pointed out that Ivanka Trump didn’t actually mention the word vaccine in her post. Then there were the posts that wondered if Trump the Ivanka had actually been executed:
Yes, executed. After all, as one of the posts questioned, “would Ivanka dress like this?” Sure, execution is the first thing that springs to mind when someone who has been wearing a $ 12,888 dress is only seen in jeans and a t-shirt. Isn’t that what the saying “jeans to die for” or the “war” in “wardrobe” means?
Not everyone repeated the conspiracy theories “wrong vaccination photo” or “Trump executed his daughter”. Some simply expressed disappointment that the Trumps “are pushing the jab agenda” and complained that “no one is coming to save us:”
Those who resisted the vaccination and QAnon supporters weren’t the only ones criticizing Ivanka Trump for her photo. She also got backlash from those who felt the First Daughter hadn’t done nearly enough to get her father to respond appropriately to last year’s pandemic, such as:
It is not clear how many people will choose the Covid-19 vaccine just because Ivanka Trump did so and posted her vaccination photo on social media. However, as long as someone changes their mind, their photo has had an impact, as the following tweet from @davidmweissman emphasized:
Your ability to hurt other people and make other people do destructive things in no way shows how strong you can be. Anyone with a hammer and some lettuce can harm others. Rather, true power is the ability to help others. Time will tell just how much influence Ivanka Trump actually has in getting people to do what is good for public health.