In the first minutes of Sunday morning, at approximately 12:05 am, first daughter Ivanka Trump posted an image on Instagram of herself and husband Jared Kushner, dressed to the nines in black-tie ensembles.
While the date-night shot of the couple, presumably from earlier in the evening, on their way to the annual Alfalfa Dinner at the Capital Hilton, is one in a long series of Trump’s detailed social sharing of her life and family, the timing of this particular post had some people questioning its relevance.
As the clock struck midnight, parts of the country were in a firestorm of protest, with thousands speaking out against an executive order signed by Ivanka’s father hours earlier, temporarily banning new refugees from entering the country.
Critics on the internet fired back at Trump, calling her silver-gown-wearing shot an example of a Marie Antoinette-like attitude. The hashtag #letthemeatcake was applied to several retweets; Trump also posted the photo on her twitter account.
Ivanka wasn’t the only Trump offspring to showcase weekend activities in the face of national controversy. Brother Donald Trump, Jr., took to his Instagram as well, posting a photo of a hunt, and calling his time in the woods with his labs “definitely one of the better ways to fill up a weekend.”
Other reported Trump-family activities over the weekend included a White House movie theater screening for staff of “Finding Dory,” and a Sunday evening pizza run by Jared Kushner, reported by Politico’s Playbook, to a local Dupont Circle restaurant. Even the Pence family bunny, Marlon Bundo, was business as usual, by the looks of his personal Instagram account.
But it was Ivanka Trump in her shiny, silver Carolina Herrera gown that moved the internet to respond the hardest. The dress, by the way, was this one, showcased in September at Herrera’s Spring 2017 ready-to-wear fashion show.
Trump, who also wore a sparkly custom Herrera to dance with her husband at last weekend’s Inauguration Balls, obviously has an “in” at Herrera’s fashion house, since the dress is not yet available to the average shopper. You can, however, pre-order the one-shouldered metallic dress via Neiman Marcus. Pricetag? $4,990.