Ivanka Trump praises Boston counterdemonstrators in tweet


(JTA) — Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, praised the thousands of counterdemonstrators who marched in Boston in response to a conservative free speech rally.

On Saturday, an estimated 15,000 counterdemonstrators surrounded a small group of conservatives who marched for free speech a week after a white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned violent. The conservative march in Boston disbanded after about an hour and the demonstrators were escorted away by police.

“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 said that evening on Twitter. In a second tweet she added: “2:2 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.”

Ivanka Trump, who serves as a West Wing adviser to her father, converted to Judaism in 2008 before her marriage to Jared Kusher, who serves as a top aide to Donald Trump.

Boston Commissioner William Evans told The Associated Press that 27 arrests were made 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 AP. The coalition also said it was not related to the organizers of the Charlottesville rally.

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