Ivanka Trump, the daughter of US President Donald Trump, on Sunday praised the thousands of counter-demonstrators who marched in Boston in response to a far-right “free speech” rally.
An estimated 15,000 counter-demonstrators on Saturday in Boston surrounded a small group of white supremacists who marched a week after a similar rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned violent. The march disbanded after about an hour and the demonstrators were escorted away by police.
“It was beautiful to see thousands of people across the USA come together today to peacefully denounce bigotry, racism and anti-Semitism,” Ivanka Trump tweeted on Saturday evening. In a second tweet she added: “We must continue to come together, united as Americans!”
Her tweet came several hours after her father, the president, tweeted from his personal Twitter account: “I want to applaud the many protestors in Boston who are speaking out against bigotry and hate. Our country will soon come together as one!”
Saturday’s protests were mostly peaceful.
Ivanka Trump tweeted a response to last week’s violence in Charlottesville, writing from her personal Twitter account: “There should be no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis.”
1:2 It was beautiful to see thousands of people across the U.S.A come together today to peacefully denounce bigotry, racism & anti-semitism.
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) August 20, 2017
2:2 We must continue to come together, united as Americans!
Ivanka Trump, who serves as a West Wing adviser to her father, converted to Judaism in 2008 before her marriage to Jared Kushner, who serves as a top aide to Donald Trump.
Boston Commissioner William Evans said that 27 arrests were made on Saturday — mostly for disorderly conduct, but including some for assaulting police officers. Protesters threw bottles, urine and rocks at police officers in the late afternoon, according to police.
The Boston Free Speech Coalition, which organized the event, said it has nothing to do with white nationalism or racism, according to the Associated Press. The coalition also said that it was not related to the organizers of the Charlottesville rally.