Politics Ivanka Trump Tweets Out Fake de Tocqueville Quote to Bash Impeachment as a ‘Decline of Public Morals’
Two Impeachments, but Two Radically Different Accusations
The room was charged with electricity the day the House Judiciary Committee opened public hearings into whether to impeach the president of the United States. It felt like the whole world was watching. It felt like the whole world was on edge. It was grand drama and soap opera at the same time — a constitutional seminar one moment and a high school food fight the next. The president’s allies protested loudly. “You are disrupting the continuity of this meeting!” chastised the chairman trying to restore order. “We’re disrupting a railroad!” one of the president’s defenders shot back.
“A decline of public morals in the United States will probably be marked by the abuse of the power of impeachment as a means of crushing political adversaries or ejecting them from office.”
Those words, Ivanka Trump claimed, were spoken by Alexis de Tocqueville in 1835. In a Thursday evening tweet, the first daughter used the quotation to bash the impeachment hearings against her father, President Donald Trump.
Turns out, though, the quote is false. According to, several eagle-eyed Twitter users noted that the quote is actually a vague paraphrase of de Tocqueville which was used by a judge in 1889 in defense of Andrew Johnson.
Ivanka Trump has said little about the impeachment hearings to date. Based on this ill-fated foray into the subject, she figures to have even less to say going forward.
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