Donald Trump has been slammed for a “lazy, arrogant, and narcissistic” response to criticism that he used Ivanka Trump’s name in his tweet storm against the parents of a Muslim American soldier killed in Iraq.
The President was referring to the parents and the widow of Sgt La David Johnson, who died in Iraq, in a tweet posted on Tuesday, the day after the parents released a statement saying they had been left “in disbelief and anguish” by the tweet.
The President, who has a reputation for being combative with critics, also attacked “the dishonest media” for their coverage of his tweets, which included a direct attack on the parents.
This is how I’m going to be treated if the media ever tried to do something against me again. “
But this is what happens when you put out a statement that says something that isn’t true,” Trump continued, before going on to claim that the “media” were using the family’s name “to get ratings”.
“This is how I’m going to be treated if the media ever tried to do something against me again.
They are just trying to get ratings,” Trump said.
Ivanka’s tweet drew a swift backlash, with many on social media condemning her for “being a lazy, arrogant and narcissistic bully”. “
That was not my intention and it is not what I said.”
Ivanka’s tweet drew a swift backlash, with many on social media condemning her for “being a lazy, arrogant and narcissistic bully”.
The president has been criticised for his use of the phrase “dumb” and “stupid”, as well as his “outrageous” response, with some users saying he should have just used “beautiful”.
“I don’t understand why you are responding with a stupid, out of touch, and out of step response,” said one Twitter user, while another, who was a former employee of the Trump Organization, added: “What’s worse is that you are a racist, sexist pig.”
Other users argued that the President should not have used Ivanka’s name to express his outrage.
“The Trump family has been the target of so many attacks that I think you can understand why they don’t want to be seen as the ones being attacked,” one user wrote.
“What makes you think that you can’t be bothered to respond to your critics?”
Another added: “”Trump is a bully, not a woman.
He should use a female name.
“Another added that he had “a lot of respect” for Ivanka.
Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) March 20, 2021While the President has defended his use, his wife Melania has been vocal about her disappointment with the President and has criticised his handling of the issue.”
I have always believed in his sincerity and commitment to serving his country. “
We are deeply saddened by this decision and I pray that the healing of this tragedy will continue.
I have always believed in his sincerity and commitment to serving his country.
I also know that this kind of senseless violence and hate must stop.”
The President has also been criticized for the timing of his reaction to the Khan family, which has called for the President to apologise and denounce the use of their son’s name.
The president tweeted on Tuesday morning that he was “sorry” for the comments that his son made, but said he would not apologize to the family.
“This was a very painful time for our family and I want to take this opportunity to express my profound regret for the insensitive and hurtful comments that my son made,” he wrote.
“It was not reflective of who I am as a father, a husband, or a human being.”
“I am so proud of my son and how he has grown as a man, and I will never apologize to anyone for his comments or actions.
I want everyone to know that he will always be a proud son.”
Trump has been accused of using his Twitter account to incite racial hatred and has been blasted for his reaction, with one critic saying the President “is using the media to bully his enemies”.