Ivanka Trump became the subject of backlash following her father President Donald Trump's announcement that he would ban transgender individuals from serving in the military in any capacity.
The president's move was an abrupt reversal of an Obama administration decision which would have allowed them to serve openly. Less than two months ago, Ivanka Trump tweeted her support for transgender and gay Americans. She also expressed her support for Pride Month.
I am proud to support my LGBTQ friends and the LGBTQ Americans who have made immense contributions to our society and economy.— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) June 2, 2017
Following the announcement, Twitter users went back to reference her older messages.
Ivanka Trump and her husband, presidential adviser Jared Kushner, were perceived as a moderating force on social issues after they helped kill an executive order which would have rolled back LGBT protections. Neither of them spoke out publicly after the White House revoked protections that would have allowed transgender students to use public school restrooms which best relate to their gender identity.
In March, Trump signed an executive order that revoked prior orders that provided anti-discrimination protections for federal LGBT employees. Specifically, the president’s decree revokes three previous orders signed by former President Barack Obama, including Executive Order 13673, the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Order.” Once again, the president's daughter and her husband were silent.
Obama’s order required large federal contracts be able to demonstrate that they have complied for at least three years with 14 federal laws and regulations. Several of these laws prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender stereotyping or gender identity, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination based on sex in employment, and the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act, which prohibit discrimination based on HIV status and other disabilities.
Reports indicate that Trump's decision to bar transgender individuals from military service came as a response to an internal House Republican fight over sex reassignment surgery which threatened funding for his border wall. White House sources told reporters that Trump's sudden decision "was, in part, a last-ditch attempt to save a House proposal full of his campaign promises that was on the verge of defeat."