President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka made a joke of herself on Twitter Monday with a tweet meant to mark her daddy’s North Korea summit in Singapore.
On the eve of the summit, which worked out to the advantage of North Korea, Ivanka posted what she claimed to be a Chinese proverb and pinned the tweet at the top of her page.
“Those who say it can not be done, should not interrupt those doing it.” -Chinese Proverb
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) June 11, 2018
The problem is that the quote is not a Chinese proverb at all. In fact, it’s confusing the hell out of the Chinese, who have been tirelessly trying to figure out where the hell Ivanka got it.
According to Reuters:
One user on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, said the saying originated from Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw. Another claimed it came from American novelist James Baldwin.
Quote Investigator, an internet website that looks at the origin of quotations, says the expression might have evolved from a comment in a periodical based in Chicago, Illinois, at the turn of the 20th century.
Regardless of the origin of the quote, Twitter users have been relentlessly mocking Ivanka for it ever since.
“Those that Lapdance their perverted daddy get sticky pants and millions of dollars “. -American Proverb
— Marcus (@keywest0007) June 12, 2018
I agree. Please tell your Dad to stop interrupting Mueller!
Because there’s no way this is about a meeting with a ruthless Dictator. Any POTUS before Trump could have held a meeting. This is not WINNING.
— Jo Anne Smoot (@joannesmoot) June 11, 2018
“Tell me what you brag about and I’ll tell you what you lack.” Spanish proverb
— Jennifer M. (@jyangelo) June 11, 2018
Same Chinese that bank rolled your company’s?? #griftersdaughter
— Kristine Wingert (@KristineWinger1) June 12, 2018
“Those who Tweet Chinese Proverbs should check their sources.” -George Washington
— John Junkins (@too_tall_john) June 12, 2018
“Don’t tear kids from their parents.”
— Zackary Berger, MD (@ZackBergerMDPhD) June 11, 2018
Those who break laws
Will go to prison
– US Constitution
— No Citizen’s United OR flat out bribery (@BostonStuff) June 11, 2018
Sweetheart, you’re not doing anything. You got to where you’re at on your daddy’s money. Currently, you’re grifting your way to more trademarks because your dad is in the White House. We’re going to interrupt both you and your father in November. Count on it.
— Susan Szews 🌊 (@betawriter) June 11, 2018
“You can have those trademarks if your Dad lets ZTE off the hook.” –Another, less ancient, Chinese Proverb
— 𝐀 𝐆𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐒𝐭𝐨𝐢𝐜 (@AGoodStoic) June 11, 2018
“Feckless is as feckless does”
— Mike Fraser (@mfphotograph) June 12, 2018
Did you hear that in one of your Chinese sweat-shops?
— Sybille C. Denninger (@SybilleAbed) June 11, 2018
If only Ivanka has checked the source of the quote like Reuters did before she posted it, she would be less of a laughingstock than she already is.
Of course, we are talking a woman who said this about facts:
“Perception is more important than reality. If someone perceives something to be true, it is more important than if it is in fact true.”
~Ivanka Trump, The Trump Card: Playing to Win in Work and Life
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