As the Turkish military’s assault on Kurdish forces intensifies in northern Syria, some critics are trying to send a message directly to the White House — by sharing pictures of dead women and children and tagging Ivanka Trump.
The eldest daughter of President Donald Trump serves as one of his top advisers, with the focus on empowering women around the world, according to the White House. But many are calling out Ivanka for her silence in the face of the bombardment of the Kurdish people after her father’s military order to withdraw troops from the Syrian-Turkish border. This reduction in U.S. military presence in the region has allowed Turkey to start its long-planned military operation against the Kurds, a ethnic group that the Turkish military considers a terrorist organization. Critics say Trump has abandoned America’s Kurdish allies, who played a key role in the fight against ISIS.
Reports from Syria indicate that many civilians have been killed in the recent bombings, with graphic images of the death and destruction now spreading across social media. Some have decided to tag Ivanka directly in these pictures, including one Twitter user who showed a series of images that included the face of a child who appeared to have died in the attacks.
“Hug your children tonight Ivanka Trump – and know you are complicit in the death and terror plaguing these children,” the user wrote.
Another tagged Ivanka in a Twitter post showing video of a woman whose daughter died amid the bombardment from Turkish forces. In the footage, the woman called on the international community to intervene to stop the attacks.
It is not just random Twitter users taking this approach, either. Brett McGurk, who served as a top adviser in the last three presidential administrations, including serving as Trump’s special envoy on ISIS to lead the fight against the militant group, directly called out Ivanka on Twitter after reports that Turkish forces had slain a female Kurdish leader in what McGurk called a “war crime.”
“Turkish state-backed media hails a ‘successful operation’ to ‘neutralize’ an unarmed 35-year old woman working to unite Arabs, Christians, and Kurds in NE Syria. Ms. Hevrin Khalef was reportedly dragged from a vehicle and shot to death,” he tweeted. “That’s a war crime.”
Directly under this tweet, he tagged Ivanka and shared a post she had made earlier in the week saying women needed to play a more prominent role during peace talks.
Trump’s eldest daughter has long come under fire for remaining silent amid actions by her father’s administration that hurt women and families. As CNN noted last month, experts say that Ivanka’s messages of economic empowerment for women are also undercut by the actions of the administration to restrict women’s reproductive rights.