Ivanka Trump is speaking out against “cancel culture” after she got the news that she had been disinvited from speaking at a college commencement.
The president’s eldest daughter was scheduled to give a speech to graduates at Wichita State University, but the university canceled on her over outrage on campus, the Washington Examiner reported.
With no explanation, the Kansas-based university announced in a statement Thursday that the commencement would be “refocused more centrally on students” and that Ivanka Trump would no longer appear. In a tweet, Ms. Trump derided the university’s decision and trumpeted the value of free speech.
“Our nation’s campuses should be bastions of free speech. Cancel culture and viewpoint discrimination are antithetical to academia,” she said. “Listening to one another is important now more than ever!”
According to Fox News, the senior White House adviser was “canceled” under pressure from students, alumni, and faculty upset with her father’s presidency, particularly his response to protests over the death of 46-year-old George Floyd in police custody late last month.
A professor at the school wrote an open letter calling the Trump administration “the worst of our country” that, according to the Examiner, received hundreds of signatures.
“Ivanka Trump, obviously, represents her father’s administration as one of his closest advisers,” the professor wrote, according to The Wichita Eagle. She went on:
To many Americans, that administration has come to signify the worst of our country, particularly in its recent actions toward those peacefully protesting against racist police brutality. This is not about politics and policy; some of the sharpest critiques of President Trump’s actions come from prominent members of his own party, from figures like former Defense Secretary James Mattis and President George W. Bush.
“The woke mob”
The “cancelation” of Ivanka Trump’s speech follows in a long tradition of speakers who are associated with her father, or who have conservative views, being chased from university campuses by angry students and faculty.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), whose New York Times op-ed on the Floyd riots caused an uproar at the “paper of record,” slammed the college’s decision as another example of the “woke mob” taking over.
“If the snowflakes so offended by the idea of hearing from a White House adviser couldn’t contain their emotions, they should have skipped the speech. Instead, they ruined it for everyone,” he said, according to The Hill. “The proper approach to the woke mob is never to give in — it’s to tell them to grow up.”
For her part, Ivanka Trump later shared a video of the speech she was planning to give. “Here is the message I recorded on May 18th for the Graduates of WSU-Tech,” she said in a tweet. “I know that all of these talented graduates will dream big and aspire to make the world a better place!”