On Monday, after Donald Trump continued to threaten violence against those protesting police brutality in a Rose Garden address, federal police cleared a path for his photo op at the nearby St. John’s Episcopal Church by using rubber bullets, flash bangs, and chemical agents on peaceful protesters. (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers such chemical agents tear gas, but Trump 2020 is furiously contesting the phrase.) When he got there, he held up a bible, and the photos he was after were snapped.
The task of transporting the prop fell to Ivanka Trump. The New York Times reported on Tuesday that she’d brought it over to the church in a large, white $1,540 Max Mara handbag. It was impossible to miss in photos of the group at the church, where Trump lofted up the bible and did little else.
I know we’ve mentioned this story before, but one of our Scissorheads on Twitter (and you all should be following him, and that is not a suggestion) raises a point that slipped right past us all, AND slipped past Vanity Fair, too:
Olymagstar adds for clarity:
It is really appalling when you think about it. Ivanka brought a bible, through a crowd of dissidents who had been gassed by Daddy Dumbest, to complete a photo-op that is nothing but unadulterated fascism. It’s bad enough that it was HER idea, but it is worse because she professes to Judaism, and the symbolism is figuratively —if not literally— toxic.