If Ivanka Trump's social media posts are an attempt to show us that she is totally normal and just like everyone else, then they are failing miserably.
If anything, her recent posts are making her look more alien and out-of-touch than ever.
One post in particular is causing a stir right now.
At first glance it's just two side-by-side images of her at her desk working on a laptop. But a closer look raised a lot of questions.
Let's start with her post.
The future of work that the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board has long been discussing is no longer on the h… https://t.co/74qCV1i4jb— Ivanka Trump (@Ivanka Trump)1589984239.0
The post was intended to spark conversation about what the future of the workforce looks like.
It's an important conversation, a conversation the American people need and would probably love to have. But not right now because right now all the American people—and the rest of the Twitterverse—want to talk about is Ivanka's work space and what on Earth is going on with it.
The longer people looked at it, the more things they noticed that just seemed off.
Questionable Thing One: Those Framed Photos
Yeah, most people have their ... kids front and centre? https://t.co/YQkwijrxOj— Stephanie Myles (@Stephanie Myles)1589992333.0
@jeanniemillar @IvankaTrump The pictures on the windowsill and behind her are also all of her.— Carmela Starr (@Carmela Starr)1589986462.0
Maybe I'm strange, but most of my photos are of other people, because I already own a mirror. https://t.co/CryKA5gA82— Hil.i.am (@Hil.i.am)1589991672.0
@IvankaTrump Imagine having your dads autograph hanging on the wall and trying to relate to normal people lol— moldman (@moldman)1589985627.0
@SecretaryRoss @IvankaTrump @POTUS How many pic of yourself do you have? Outside of the Kardashians, I’ve never seen a more vain woman.— cathleen jordan🍴 (@cathleen jordan🍴)1590071953.0
@IvankaTrump I think you have your own vault of stock images.— Waxmonkey (@Waxmonkey)1589984341.0
So most people don't have tables, walls, windowsills, etc. covered with framed images of themselves. Or their fathers framed signature. Or a map of the US as entirely red/Republican.
But if you've ever seen images of the interior of Donald Trump's home then you know making little shrines to yourself is just kind of a thing in this family. Ivanka really likes pictures.
She has posted often enough on social media that people have seen her literally wallpaper using them. So is the shrine-to-self really that surprising or questionable?
Some people were more worried about something else they noticed in the images.
Questionable Thing Two: That Laptop
@IvankaTrump So you learned how to attend a Zoom meeting on an old Dell laptop? So innovative! https://t.co/82I8bperyC— that guy joe (@that guy joe)1590117709.0
@IvankaTrump You know, they make really good setups for holding a laptop for "real" video meetings, not just the po… https://t.co/ARO2EtebbJ— Pᴀᴛ Bᴇɴɴᴇᴛᴛ - ❤️ 🇺🇸 💙 🌎 (@Pᴀᴛ Bᴇɴɴᴇᴛᴛ - ❤️ 🇺🇸 💙 🌎)1590076073.0
no way ivanka trump uses the same $300 laptop designed in the late 2000s that my district issues to teachers https://t.co/VYaFFFlpJo— a janelle monáe fan account (@a janelle monáe fan account)1589998190.0
@IvankaTrump Who the fuck used a laptop on top of a stack of books?! Guess it's good enough to fool daddy's followers, though...— Reinard Harmse(Joker) (@Reinard Harmse(Joker))1590077138.0
@IvankaTrump You magically made $80 mill last year off your daddy’s presidency and you can’t afford a laptop stand… https://t.co/Zh7cmkblph— Mandy Thornton (@Mandy Thornton)1590106349.0
@IvankaTrump A staged photo for your none professional none educated followers. You do not work on a crappy little… https://t.co/vOkwK0Xrnn— Mila and Mr P 🐾🌈💔💖 (@Mila and Mr P 🐾🌈💔💖)1589986207.0
No one can tell whether Ivanka was actually working in these images or if this was a handy photo-op. Although money is on the latter.
Is that ancient-looking laptop really hers? Why would she stack it on books, which is terrible for keeping laptops cool?
It's almost like she's never used one ever before...
All we do know for sure is that social media is unconvinced Ivanka ever actually works and maybe a little concerned with her office play space.
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