Ivanka Trump may not relatively be the super-controversial figure like her father, Donald Trump, but the senior White House adviser has managed to become the subject of scrutiny since the longest of time now. Time and again, the United States President’s daughter has got a brutal reminder that the trolls of Twitter will always be around to call you out on any mistakes at all. After tweeting a fake Chinese proverb, the United States President’s daughter has once again appeared on the headlines for misattributing a motivational quote to ancient Greek philosopher Socrates. Hey Ivanka Trump, Some Annoyed Hyderabad Residents Have Named a Lane 'KTR-Ivanka Trump Road', Care to Know Why?
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new,” tweeted Trump citing Socrates. To a few untrained eyes, this would sound like something the Greek thinker would have said while gazing on the streets of Ancient Athens. Socrates did say this, but it wasn’t the philosopher that Ivanka perhaps was thinking of. Yes, the quote is from a fictionalised Socrates who was featured in a 1980’s book, Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives, written by American gymnast Dan Millman; revealed by Quote Investigator. Ivanka Trump Posts a Cuddly Picture with Her Son Theodore, Slammed by Twitter for Missing Immigrant Children.
Trump’s initial tweet was deleted after about 30 minutes being online. Enough time, for Netizens to roast someone’s blooper! She later replaced with a post clarifying the Socrates “a fictional character not the philosopher.”
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”
-Socrates (note: a fictional character not the philosopher)
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) October 16, 2018
The blunder predictably caused much mirth online. One Twitter user said, “Just to be clear Ivanka, Plato is not the Disney character Pluto. Are we straight now?” And the mockery went on! Ivanka Trump has been quite popular in misinterpreting quotes of famous thinkers. Her tweet quoting the physicist Albert Einstein from 2013 reappeared four years later when netizens realised it was wrong. Again, recently, China’s social media was on abuzz for Trump tweeting a proverb, which she claimed was Chinese. But again, it was not.