Ivanka Trump has had more than her fair share of ethics scandals during the past three and a half years, but the past two days stand out even with her dubious history. The first daughter turned White House Senior Advisor has managed to violate a critical ethics law no less than eight times in just over 48 hours — on Twitter alone.
The Hatch Act bars federal employees from using the power of their official positions to push partisan political outcomes. Apolitical career government employees have faced serious consequences like firing or suspension without pay for violations of the law. But even as President Trump has campaigned on a message of “law and order,” he has allowed more than a dozen White House and senior administration staff to break the law and face no consequences.
Ivanka Trump’s Twitter account lists her official position “Advisor to POTUS on job creation + economic empowerment, workforce development & entrepreneurship” and she regularly uses the account for official government business like promoting Trump administration policy initiatives. The Office of Special Counsel, a small federal agency that enforces the Hatch Act has found that when a government official uses a “Twitter account for official purposes, the Hatch Act prohibits her from using that account to engage in political activity.” Ivanka Trump using her @IvankaTrump account for political as well as government business suggests that she is using government resources like her time, title, and position to boost campaign messages. Many of Trump’s messages definitely cross the line when it comes to using her official position to push a partisan agenda.
Here are Ivanka Trump’s eight recent law-breaking tweets:
Breaking the law eight times in two days is a lot. Even for an administration known for its corruption.