While Ms. Trump and her family celebrated Passover in a luxury golf club, millions of Americans were forced to cancel their seders and hold virtual gatherings instead.
Ivanka Trump has repeatedly encouraged Americans to stay at home, avoid non-essential travel, and practice social distancing, but she herself ignored those very guidelines, traveling from Washington D.C., to New Jersey to celebrate Passover, according to the New York Times.
Ms. Trump, who is President Trump’s oldest daughter and a senior White House adviser, made the 200-mile trip from D.C. to the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey with her husband, Jared Kushner, who is also a senior Trump adviser, and their three children. They made the journey to celebrate the first night of Passover, which fell on April 8.
In doing so, Ms. Trump ignored the White House’s own guidelines to “Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits,” as well as Washington D.C.’s stay-at-home order, which went into effect on April 1 and advised all residents to stay inside their homes unless they had to perform essential activities—a designation that quite clearly does not include traveling 200 miles to New Jersey to celebrate a holiday.
She also ignored her own advice.
“Those lucky enough to be in a position to stay at home, please, please do so,” Ms. Trump said in a March 29 video she posted to Twitter. “Each and every one of us plays a role in slowing the spread and social distancing saves lives. It has saved lives and it will continue to save lives.”
She reiterated the importance of social distancing in an April 7 post, just one day before her trip to Bedminster.
While Ms. Trump and her husband were able to celebrate as a family in a luxury golf club, millions of other Americans across the country were forced to cancel their own seders—celebratory feasts that commemorate the beginning of Passover—and hold virtual gatherings over apps like Zoom instead.
The Times reports that Mr. Kushner has since returned to the White House to help combat the coronavirus, while Ms. Trump has remained in Bedminster, where she is working remotely. She has told people that the club is currently shut down, making it more socially distant than her mansion in Washington D.C.
The White House did not respond to the Times’ request for comment.