After a rather long absence from Twitter and other social networks, Trump is back.
No, not former US President and current Mar-A-Lag resident Donald Trump. Instead it was the daughter of Donald and former “presidential adviser” Ivanka Trump who posted her photos along with the words, “I got shot today !!! I hope you too! Thank you Sister Torres”:
NO ALL CAPS. No “I’m your favorite such and such.” No hitting anyone else. Exactly what seemed to be a positive public health message encouraging vaccination against Covid-19 during the Covid-19 pandemic against coronavirus.
Interestingly, Trump Ivanka did not mention the name “Covid-19” in the tweet, deciding to use the generic term “shot” instead. This somewhat ambiguous term could refer to any type of vaccination or even to vodka or basketball. Not to mention “Covid-19” specifically may not seem like a significant omission. But during 2020, Trump Donald often avoided using the real name “Covid-19” when talking about disease and virus, but instead tried to use his own names like “Chinese virus” or “kung-flu”. Calling Covid-19 such things isn’t as easy as calling Justin Bieber something like “Biebs” or “the one I dream about while making smoothies”. Study published in American Journal of Public Health found a connection between the use of the word “Chinese virus” and anti-Asian sentiment on Twitter, which isn’t exactly nice for Asian Americans. All this time, Ivanka Trump did not really try to correct her father when he used such inflammatory names.
Still, some have expressed hope that by vaccinating Ivanka, Trump will convince those who follow her and Trump Donald to get the Covid-19 vaccine:
As our PHICOR study was published in American Journal of Preventive Medicine showed, it may be difficult to quell a pandemic in the U.S. this year without at least most Americans being vaccinated and over 70% of Americans being protected from the virus. However, according to a recent NPR / PBS NewsHour / Marist poll, 49 percent of Republicans and 34 percent of Republicans said they do not plan vaccinations, and 47 percent of Trump supporters in 2020 indicated they would reject the Covid-19 vaccine. So the path “back to normal” in the U.S. can go through Trump supporters, so to speak.
The question, however, is how much the Trump family really rules over their supporters. Is Trump’s followers actually following Trump or did Trump simply follow, reinforce and support what Trump’s followers already believed before Trump ran and became president? In other words, who is following whom? The following response to Ivanka Trump’s tweet, according to Maroon 5, may make you wonder:
And Tina Nguyen, a journalist Politically, posted a moving compilation of “no,” “passes,” and other similar responses to Trump Ivanka’s post on Instagram:
Meanwhile, speculate how some QAnon followers responded to Ivanka Trump’s photo. The answer rhymes with “World Series Conspiracy”. Yes, conspiracy theories. Arieh Kovler created some montages of some of QAnon’s followers’ claims, including allegations that Trump the Ivanka, the drummer, please forged:
As you can see, some have pointed out that Ivanka Trump did not actually mention the word vaccine in her post. Then there are posts that wonder if Trump Ivanka was really executed:
Yes, executed. Finally, as one of the posts posted, “would Ivanka dress like that?” Sure execution is the first thing that comes to mind when someone who wore a $ 12,888 dress seen only in jeans and a T-shirt. Isn’t that what is meant by the saying “jeans to die for” or “war” in the “wardrobe?”
Not everyone repeated the conspiracy theory “fake vaccination photo” or “Trump executed his daughter”. Some simply expressed disappointment that Trump was “pushing the agenda” and complained that “no one will save us:”
Those who oppose the vaccination and followers of QAnon are not the only ones to criticize Ivanka Trump for her photo. She also received a reaction from those who felt that the First Daughter had not done nearly enough for her father to respond to last year’s pandemic, such as:
It is not clear how many people will opt for the Covid-19 vaccine simply because it was done by Ivanka Trump and she posted her photo of the vaccination on social media. However, as long as someone eventually changes his mind, his photo will have an impact, as the following tweet @davidmweissman pointed out:
Your ability to hurt other people and get other people to do destructive things in no way shows how strong you can be. Anyone who has a hammer and some very large heads of lettuce can harm others. Instead, true power is the ability to help others. Time will tell how much of an impact Ivanka Trump actually has in getting people to do what will benefit public health and everyone.