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Ivanka Trump

Image from Youtube screenshot

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

On May 18, White House Senior Adviser Ivanka Trump recorded a commencement speech for 2020 graduates of Wichita State University Tech. But plans for the president's to speak to the graduates remotely were dropped after her father, President Donald Trump, drew widespread condemnation for his militarized response to the George Floyd protests.

But Ivanka Trump released the video on Twitter anyway. In a devastating response, the progressive political action committee The Meidas Touch skewered the performance by combining the speech with footage of police violence against nonviolent protestors.


The Meidas Touch was founded in April by attorney Ben Meiselas and his two brothers. Meiselas represented football star Colin Kaepernick's lawsuit against the National Football League; Kaepernick asserted that the NFL blocked him from playing as a way of punishing him for protesting against racism by taking a knee before games.

The Meidas Touch video goes back and forth between Ivanka Trump's flowery speech and disturbing images of her father and the protests. The president's daughter is seen telling graduates, "Your journey to this day did not come without challenges, sacrifices, determination, grit, sweat and likely, even a few tears" — before the video quickly cuts to CNN images of peaceful protestors being attacked by Washington, D.C. police on June 1. And after Ivanka Trump mentions, during her speech, "the safety and wellbeing of our people," the video cuts to her father asserting, "You have to dominate the streets."

An image of a 75-year-old protestor in Buffalo, New York being violently shoved to the ground by a police officer is also shown.

In addition to the George Floyd protests, the video mentions the coronavirus pandemic and its toll on Americans. And it ends with the words, "Ivanka Trump: a public disservice announcement" appearing across the screen.

Watch the video below:


Bye Ivanka: A Public Disservice Announcement www.youtube.com

Actor as Donald Trump in Russia Today video ad

Screenshot from RT's 'Trump is here to make RT Great Again'

Russia Today, the network known in this country as RT, has produced a new "deep fake" video that portrays Donald Trump in post-presidential mode as an anchor for the Kremlin outlet. Using snippets of Trump's own voice and an actor in an outlandish blond wig, the ad suggests broadly that the US president is indeed a wholly owned puppet of Vladimir Putin– as he has so often given us reason to suspect.

"They're very nice. I make a lot of money with them," says the actor in Trump's own voice. "They pay me millions and hundreds of millions."

But when American journalists described the video as "disturbing," RT retorted that their aim wasn't to mock Trump, but his critics and every American who objects to the Russian manipulations that helped bring him to power.

As an ad for RT the video is amusing, but the network's description of it is just another lie. Putin's propagandists are again trolling Trump and America, as they've done many times over the past few years –- and this should be taken as a warning of what they're doing as Election Day approaches.

The Lincoln Project aptly observed that the Russians "said the quiet part out loud" this time, (Which is a bad habit they share with Trump.)