President Donald Trump’s daughter and white house adviser Ivanka Trump is being buried in scorn over a Friday tweet about an impoverished young woman in India who cycled her wounded father roughly 750 miles due to the COVID-19 lockdown, Reuters reports.
According to the news agency, Trump tweeted, “15 yr old Jyoti Kumari, carried her wounded father to their home village on the back of her bicycle covering +1,200 km over 7 days. This beautiful feat of endurance & love has captured the imagination of the Indian people and the cycling federation!”
Trump’s tweet triggered an avalanche of negative responses for spinning the young woman’s circumstances as a win for the “cycling federation.”
Omar Abdullah, a former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, responded to Ivanka’s message, tweeting: “Her poverty & desperation are being glorified as if Jyoti cycled 1,200 KM for the thrill of it. Government failed her, that’s hardly something to trumpet as an achievement.”
Kanti Chidambaram, an opposition member of parliament, added: “This is not a feat of excellence. It’s a feat fuelled by desperation caused due to the callous attitude of the government.”
Citing health experts, Reuters noted that say “India’s vast lockdown has helped limit the spread of COVID-19, but it has pushed millions who live on daily wages to the brink of poverty. After weeks of mounting criticism and tales of hardship, the government is now running trains and buses to help the migrants get home.
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