Ivanka Trump Mocked for Defending Father with Fake de Tocqueville Quote

Ivanka Trump Mocked for Defending Father with Fake de Tocqueville Quote

Ivanka Trump has been widely panned online for defending her father, President Donald Trump, by tweeting a fake quote from 19th century French diplomat Alexis de Tocqueville. The aristocrat is most famous in the U.S. for his book Democracy in America.

“A decline of public morals in the United States will probably be marked by the abuse of the power of impeachment as a means of crushing political adversaries or ejecting them from office,” Trump tweeted, citing the French viscount.

Twitter users, including historians, were quick to mock Trump’s invocation of de Tocqueville and then it emerged the quote wasn’t even real.

It quickly became clear that this is a statement attributed to de Tocqueville in error. Trump apparently didn’t check.

Others used actual de Tocqueville quotes to rebut Trump’s defense of her father, who faces almost certain impeachment by the House of Representatives.

While historian and right-wing hate figure Kevin Kruse, who frequently tussles with Donald Trump’s defenders, suggested the 19th century viscount could not have imagined a president like Trump.

Ivanka Trump’s tweet was still live at the time of publication.

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche is Senior Editor and Political News Writer.