Man Who Confronted Ivanka Trump on a Plane Should've Thought About Her Kids


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We will never get behind the idea that "there's a time and a place for politics" because politics are always relevant and important and affecting people. But there is a time and a place to yell at other people about politics, and on a plane in front of children is not it. Political beliefs aside, the man who confronted Ivanka Trump on a commercial flight in front of her three kids was wrong -- no kid should have to witness their parent being harassed, public figure or not.

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The details are a little murky, but TMZ is reporting that Ivanka, her husband, Jared Kushner, and her kids, Arabella, 5, Joseph, 3, and Theodore, 9 months, plus some cousins and her Secret Service detail, were taking a JetBlue flight to Florida for Christmas. 

A man, who's been identified as Dan Goldstein, supposedly approached her while the plane was boarding and commented not only on the fact that she was in coach (which, yeah, what's up with that?), but also about her dad's politics. He allegedly said, "Your father is ruining the country. Why is she on our flight? She should be flying private."

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After that, TMZ says he and his family were kicked off the plane.

Here's what's making some people doubt the story, though: Dan Goldstein's husband, Matt Lasner, was tweeting about the incident (from an account that's since been deleted) and there are a few discrepancies from the tabloid version of the story. First, Matt says his husband approached Ivanka and "expressed displeasure in a calm tone," which, if true, is a far cry from the "out-of-control tirades" that TMZ (and others) are reporting. Though Matt apparently also tweeted that his husband wanted to "harass" Ivanka, so there's that to consider, too.

Second, Matt tweeted a photo from the plane and there are ... no kids in sight. Here's a screenshot of the deleted tweet that the Daily Mail was able to grab:


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That definitely looks like Ivanka sitting directly behind the dude with the beard, and what seem to be empty seats next to her. Her kids are young, so it's possible they're just obscured by the tall seats, or they could have been moved by security or family if this was taken after the incident.

Then there's also the whole JetBlue thing and the fact that Ivanka Trump is flying with them, especially with three kids 5 and under in tow. Depending on who you ask, it could either be a publicity stunt or a gesture of good will, but either way, it's odd.

All that said, we're going to operate under the assumption that the story is true, if exaggerated. It's still very possible it's fake news, but if some guy did go up to Ivanka and start yelling at her, that's messed up. 

We're firm believers in Americans' right to criticize the goverment and its representatives. We're also firm believers that public figures aren't entitled to total privacy when they put themselves in public places. That means that in most situations, we'd be okay with someone verbally confronting Ivanka, especially considering that she's surrounded by a security detail at all times to keep her from getting hurt.

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But this incident seems to cross a line, and that almost definitely has something to do with the presence of her kids -- a 3-year-old and a 5-year-old are aware enough to understand when their mother is being insulted, and they don't deserve that kind of hatred -- or to hear it aimed at their mother -- even if some might argue that Ivanka's involvement with her father's politics invites criticism.

It was a low blow, and the worst part is that it doesn't solve anything. At this point, yelling at Ivanka isn't going to change her politics or influence the president-elect, and involving the young Trump kids definitely isn't going to help anything. If nothing else, actions like this are just going to create a bigger, harder to cross gap between the aisles, and that's not really what we need right now. There are more effective ways to protest.

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