Ivanka Trump gets completely annihilated by Randi Mayem Singer.
Randi Mayem Singer is a journalist, screenwriter and producer who is best known for writing the screenplay to the 20th Century Fox blockbuster Mrs. Doubtfire which starred the late Robin Williams and Sally Field.
Singer is currently writing an upcoming fantasy/comedy called “Wish List” for Disney that is set to star Reese Witherspoon, and she is also working on writing the movie version of “I Dream of Jeannie” for Sony Pictures.
However, this week she became my hero when she reacted to a fake Chinese quote tweeted by Ivanka Trump, daughter of our nation’s tweeter-in-chief.
“‘Those who say it can not be done, should not interrupt those doing it.’ – Chinese Proverb,” she tweeted on Monday immediately drawing the ire of other Twitter users.
“Those who say it can not be done, should not interrupt those doing it.” -Chinese Proverb
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) June 11, 2018
Singer tore into Trump, tweeting a reference to her use of sweatshops for the fashion company.
“Those who make knock-off designer shoes in Chinese sweat shops with child labor should not quote Chinese proverbs,” she tweeted, later adding: “And of course even her proverbs are knock offs.”
Those who make knock-off designer shoes in Chinese sweat shops with child labor should not quote Chinese proverbs. https://t.co/vtHvQKS4YF
— Randi Mayem Singer (@rmayemsinger) June 11, 2018
Neo-conservative political analyst Bill Kristol weighed in as well, tweeting: “Three minutes of googling suggests this is a fake Chinese Proverb. It seems in fact to be American from the turn of the 20th c.—which makes sense, since its spirit is can-do Americanism. But why are Trump WH aides giving our proverbs to China, increasing our proverb deficit?”
Three minutes of googling suggests this is a fake Chinese Proverb. It seems in fact to be American from the turn of the 20th c.—which makes sense, since its spirit is can-do Americanism. But why are Trump WH aides giving our proverbs to China, increasing our proverb deficit? https://t.co/bqjbZhXlQr
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) June 11, 2018
Noted data scientist and redistricting and voting counsel at New York University’s Brennan Center, Michael Li, weighed in as well.
“For the record, this is not a Chinese proverb but a piece of ‘mysterious East’ wisdom made up by Westerners,” he began, adding “There’s plenty of wisdom and insight in Asian philosophy, culture, religious systems, etc. It would be nice if more people had actual knowledge and appreciation of it instead of relying on made up things like this.”
For the record, this is not a Chinese proverb but a piece of ‘mysterious East’ wisdom made up by Westerners (see next tweet). 1/ https://t.co/HqGnwCI4SP
— Michael Li (@mcpli) June 12, 2018
He also posted a tweet putting the quote into context.
— Michael Li (@mcpli) June 12, 2018
Ivanka appeared to have shrugged the matter off, but did respond to journalist John Geddes, who tweeted: “I see this quote has variously been attributed to Confucius and George Bernard Shaw, so shall we split the difference and say it was Churchill?”
Trump responded: “Good idea.”
Good idea 😉 https://t.co/MMFmSJiobY
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) June 12, 2018
The New York Times reported that Ivanka has a history of not getting her facts straight on Twitter:
It’s not the first time Ms. Trump has incorrectly described a quotation as Chinese. In 2013, for example, she posted on Twitter, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life,” attributing the phrase to Confucius. But experts said the saying was not Chinese.
BBC News reported that Ivanka “also wrongly attributed a quote to Albert Einstein in July last year, writing: ‘If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts.'”
Bringing it back home to her father, Bustle reported that:
Ivanka also misattributed a quotation in her 2017 book Women Who Work, which credits the phrase “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader” to John Quincy Adams. According to PolitiFact, however, Adams said no such thing, and Quote Investigator reports that the earliest on-record instance of that quote is in fact from country music singer Dolly Parton — although Parton’s version referred to one’s “legacy” instead of their “actions.” Incidentally, Ivanka’s father Donald made the same error in a 2015 tweet.
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." – John Quincy Adams
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 16, 2015