Rhetorical question of the day: Aren’t we blessed to live in a nation surronded by the famously loving and tolerant angels on the Left?
One of them, Julia Ioffe, a card-carrying hater of everything right (in both sense of the word) and of Donald Trump in particular, adorably tweeted an obscene message yesterday intimating that Trump is either … er — “sharing intimacy” with his daughter or shirking nepotism laws. (In the interests of decency, I won’t provide the original tweet.)
Ioffe’s tweet was in response to a tentative plan for Trump’s daughter Ivanka to act as surrogate First Lady in light of the decision that his wife Melania will spend most of her time in New York where their son attends school.
I don’t even know that subbing as a First Lady necessarily runs afoul of federal anti-nepolitism statutes. Throughout history there have been some two dozen surrogate First Ladies who have enjoyed a variety of family relationships with presidents other than that of spouse.
But even if the move was in violation of the law, that wouldn’t justify Ioffe’s crude and caustic tweet, which, in any case, went viral and which she fought mightily to undo:
It was a tasteless, offensive tweet that I regret and have deleted. I am truly and deeply sorry. It won't happen again.
— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) December 14, 2016
It was, however, too little and too late for her employer, Politico, which fired her, simultaneously issuing an apology of sorts.
Scolding message from Politico's leadership on Julia Ioffe's Trump tweet from today: Contract terminated immediately. pic.twitter.com/Zz8fGfmukr
— ErikWemple (@ErikWemple) December 14, 2016
This sordid incident is not to suggest that conservatives never experience lapses of judgement when committing ideas to print. It is to sugget that liberals alone view themselves as the ultimate arbiters of taste, manners, and tolerance — which makes incidents like this rich. Maybe more libs should take a long hard look at themselves and appreciate how often they fall way short of the absurdly high bar they have set for all of us.