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Ivanka Trump comes under fire for joining ‘Challenge Accepted’ trend

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Ivanka Trump is facing backlash for sharing a ‘Challenge Accepted’ photo of herself as part of a social media trend that claims to be about ‘women supporting women’ but has been dubbed ‘vapid’ and ‘meaningless’ by critics.   

The 38-year-old took to Instagram on Tuesday to share a black-and-white throwback photo of herself pregnant with her now four-year-old son Theodore along with a gushing post about how all women are mothers and should be kind to each other.  

‘#ChallengeAccepted. Gratitude for the sisterhood — the women who have held me up and pushed me forward! Each day brings countless opportunities, large and small, to spread light and uplift those around us,’ she wrote in the caption. 

Slammed: Ivanka Trump is facing backlash for sharing a black-and-white throwback photo of herself when she was pregnant as part of the 'women supporting women' challenge

Slammed: Ivanka Trump is facing backlash for sharing a black-and-white throwback photo of herself when she was pregnant as part of the 'women supporting women' challenge

Slammed: Ivanka Trump is facing backlash for sharing a black-and-white throwback photo of herself when she was pregnant as part of the ‘women supporting women’ challenge 

Gushing: In her caption, she wrote that women 'are ALL mothers' and should support one another. Donald Trump Jr.'s girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle called the post 'beautiful'

Gushing: In her caption, she wrote that women 'are ALL mothers' and should support one another. Donald Trump Jr.'s girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle called the post 'beautiful'

Gushing: In her caption, she wrote that women ‘are ALL mothers’ and should support one another. Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle called the post ‘beautiful’ 

‘Let’s be kind to each other. Let’s choose to love, support and strengthen one another. We are ALL mothers — we each bring something unique and beautiful into this world. Let’s [love] each other. I challenge all of my followers to lead with love. You create the future as you live. #womensupportingwomen.’ 

The photo was taken during Ivanka’s cover shoot for the February 2016 issue of Town & Country magazine. In the glamorous portrait, she is wearing a collared button-down dress while cradling her baby bump. She edited the original image to make it black and white before posting it online. 

President Donald Trump’s eldest daughter is among the millions of women who have posted flattering black-and-white photos of themselves this week using the hashtags #WomenSupportingWomen and #ChallengeAccepted in the name of female empowerment.   

Celebrities such as Reese Witherspoon, Khloe Kardashian, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Aniston, and Kelly Rowland have all taken part in the social media ‘challenge,’ though many have found Ivanka’s participation to be problematic for a number of reasons. 

Not having it: Ivanka was slammed for taking part in the 'challenge' when the Trump administration has long been criticized for being anti-woman

Not having it: Ivanka was slammed for taking part in the 'challenge' when the Trump administration has long been criticized for being anti-woman

Not having it: Ivanka was slammed for taking part in the ‘challenge’ when the Trump administration has long been criticized for being anti-woman

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Backlash: Critics argued that if she really supported women, she wouldn't support her father, while others posted face vomiting emoji in the comments

Backlash: Critics argued that if she really supported women, she wouldn't support her father, while others posted face vomiting emoji in the comments

Backlash: Critics argued that if she really supported women, she wouldn’t support her father, while others posted face vomiting emoji in the comments

The first daughter has long purported that she supports women, despite her role in her father’s administration, which has been criticized for its anti-woman agenda. 

Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle commented that Ivanka’s post was ‘beautiful,’ but not everyone was quite as impressed considering the White House senior adviser’s ongoing support of her father’s controversial policies. 

‘Ummm…not supporting a white-supremacist-enabling-legacy-case who’s destroying the country. Even if they are a woman, sorry!!!’ one person commented, while others posted the face vomiting emoji to show their disgust. 

‘If you really supported women you would be outraged by your father and all his administration. You are a joke!’ someone else responded. 

In an article for Refinery29, writer Elly Belle questioned Ivanka’s motivation for stating women ‘are ALL mothers’ while sharing an old pregnancy photo of herself. 

At odds: Ivanka has long purported that she supports women, despite her role in her father's administration, which has been criticized for rolling back on women's rights

At odds: Ivanka has long purported that she supports women, despite her role in her father's administration, which has been criticized for rolling back on women's rights

At odds: Ivanka has long purported that she supports women, despite her role in her father’s administration, which has been criticized for rolling back on women’s rights 

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Critics: Some Twitter users shared Ivanka's post as proof that the social media challenge was pointless. The trend itself has been criticized for being a performative empty gesture

Critics: Some Twitter users shared Ivanka's post as proof that the social media challenge was pointless. The trend itself has been criticized for being a performative empty gesture

Critics: Some Twitter users shared Ivanka’s post as proof that the social media challenge was pointless. The trend itself has been criticized for being a performative empty gesture 

‘Ivanka is doing what Ivanka does best to position herself as an everyperson, while using her identity as a mother and a woman to evade responsibility for the ways the Trump administration has hurt women and mothers,’ she wrote. 

‘Or perhaps Trump’s point is simple and she’s saying that all women are mothers in their own way regardless of having children — but it stands that not everyone wants to be referred to as a mother, or have their worth tied to reproduction.’ 

Some Twitter users shared Ivanka’s post as proof that the trend was pointless, with one person writing: ‘You already know if Ivanka trump is doing this wsw challenge that you should not be….. girls, get it together.’ 

‘A helpful barometer for whether a social media “challenge” is pure bulls**t: Would Ivanka participate?’ another tweeted. 

‘Ivanka Trump did “challenge accepted”….you girls better hang it up, flatscreen,’ someone else commented.

Viral: Celebrities such as Reese Witherspoon have posted black-and-white photos of themselves using the hashtags #WomenSupportingWomen and #ChallengeAccepted

Viral: Celebrities such as Reese Witherspoon have posted black-and-white photos of themselves using the hashtags #WomenSupportingWomen and #ChallengeAccepted

Viral: Celebrities such as Reese Witherspoon have posted black-and-white photos of themselves using the hashtags #WomenSupportingWomen and #ChallengeAccepted

Strike a pose: Khloe Kardashian posted this photo of herself in the name of female empowerment as part of the trend, which has gotten mixed reviews

Strike a pose: Khloe Kardashian posted this photo of herself in the name of female empowerment as part of the trend, which has gotten mixed reviews

Strike a pose: Khloe Kardashian posted this photo of herself in the name of female empowerment as part of the trend, which has gotten mixed reviews 

The ‘women supporting women’ challenge itself has faced criticism this week, as some see it to be a performative empty gesture. Its origins are also unclear as there are conflicting theories as to how the challenge started. 

New York Times writer Taylor Lorenz pointed out that people have been sharing black-and-white photos using the #ChallengeAccepted hashtag since 2016, including a campaign to raise awareness for cancer.   

A representative from Instagram told The New York Times that the earliest post for ‘this current cycle of the challenge’ was shared a week and a half ago by Brazilian journalist Ana Paula Padrão.  

Others have claimed that the trend was recently started in Turkey when women began sharing black-and-white photos to raise awareness about femicide and domestic violence. 

Many have participated in the challenge without question simply because they were nominated by their friends, and the recent backlash has even led some, including Jennifer Love Hewitt, to delete their #ChallengeAccepted posts. 

Ivanka has been called out numerous times throughout her father’s presidency for her ‘tone-deaf’ social media posts, and she has yet to publicly respond to the criticism. 

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Ipswich domestic violence survivor relives moment psychotic ex tried to massacre her family

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April Wilmot (pictured) narrowly escaped after her former partner set her mother's home on fire while she was inside with her family

April Wilmot (pictured) narrowly escaped after her former partner set her mother's home on fire while she was inside with her family

April Wilmot (pictured) narrowly escaped after her former partner set her mother’s home on fire while she was inside with her family

A brave domestic violence survivor has told how her ex-partner tried to massacre her family by ramming his BMW into her mother’s home before killing himself as he set the house on fire.

Father-of-four and unemployed banker Neil de Graaf, 37, crashed his car into the home in Ipswich, south-east Queensland, in November 2016 while his former partner April Wilmot, then 23, was inside.

De Graaf used jerry cans and a gas bottle to splash fire accelerant around the home and set it alight.

Ms Wilmot, her mother, her teenage brother and his girlfriend barricaded themselves in a bathroom and escaped with minor injuries – but her ex-partner suffered burns to 95 per cent of his body and died in hospital the next day.

Almost four years later, the young woman has revealed how in the hours leading up to the attack she had been pleading with him to take down photos he claimed were of her on a revenge porn website.

She said she had not seen him for a year after breaking up with him, but was drawn back in after being told by a mutual friend of theirs De Graaf was having a hard time.

De Graaf that day had posted a sexual photo claiming to be of Ms Wilmot - but actually of someone who looked like her - to a revenge porn website

De Graaf that day had posted a sexual photo claiming to be of Ms Wilmot - but actually of someone who looked like her - to a revenge porn website

De Graaf that day had posted a sexual photo claiming to be of Ms Wilmot – but actually of someone who looked like her – to a revenge porn website

‘My whole relationship with Neil was just me delaying, trying to figure out how I was going to navigate this to make that day not come,’ she told The Courier-Mail.

De Graaf posted the revenge porn after Ms Wilmot pushed back on his attempts to get close to her again.

He posted a sexual photo of someone who looked like her to the website and captioned the image with the young woman’s name, contact details and home address.

Ms Wilmot had pushed back on his attempts to get close to her again after a break-up - prompting him to share the photo

Ms Wilmot had pushed back on his attempts to get close to her again after a break-up - prompting him to share the photo

Ms Wilmot had pushed back on his attempts to get close to her again after a break-up – prompting him to share the photo

‘The last time I ever spoke to Neil was me pleading with him, begging with him “please take the post down, I don’t want to have to go to the police, but you’re giving me no choice”,’ she said.

That conversation came just hours before the attack at her mother’s home. 

De Graaf was put into an induced coma after sustaining severe burns in the fire and could not be saved by doctors. 

De Graaf was put into an induced coma after sustaining burns to 95 per cent of his body in the fire

De Graaf was put into an induced coma after sustaining burns to 95 per cent of his body in the fire

De Graaf was put into an induced coma after sustaining burns to 95 per cent of his body in the fire 

‘The gravity of the situation can not be understated, to be honest with you,’ Acting Inspector Heath McQueen said at the time.

‘We’re very fortunate today that we’re not standing here with a much worse [result] in that there could have been multiple persons deceased.’ 

The home’s second storey collapsed during the fire. 

The home's second storey collapsed during the fire and Ms Wilmot escaped with her family after barricading themselves in a bathroom

The home's second storey collapsed during the fire and Ms Wilmot escaped with her family after barricading themselves in a bathroom

The home’s second storey collapsed during the fire and Ms Wilmot escaped with her family after barricading themselves in a bathroom

Ms Wilmot has had to endure four years of therapy to help her move beyond the events of that night.

She warned others in violent relationships the danger signs are not always clear at first.

‘People say why didn’t she leave?’ she said. ‘People don’t realise that by the time you realise what this person is … it’s too late by then.’ 

If you are experiencing mental health difficulties, or know someone who is, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636. 

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Delaware State University says Joe Biden was NOT a student there

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Joe Biden said last year that he kicked off his academic career at Delaware State University, a historically black university, but the institution has now denied that claim. 

The Washington Times reported that a spokesperson for Delaware State University said the Democratic presidential nominee was never a student at the school, but he did make two appearances for commencement speeches. 

‘Vice President Biden did not attend DSU,’ Carlos Holmes, Director of News Services, told the publication.

‘However he was the Commencement keynote speaker in 2003 and [2016], and during the former he was awarded an honorary doctoral degree.’

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Joe Biden (pictured) said at a October 2019 town hall event that he 'got started out of an HBCU' in reference to Delaware State University

Joe Biden (pictured) said at a October 2019 town hall event that he 'got started out of an HBCU' in reference to Delaware State University

Joe Biden (pictured) said at a October 2019 town hall event that he ‘got started out of an HBCU’ in reference to Delaware State University 

Delaware State University is one of 107 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) open in the US and is ranked No. 11 on the US News & World Report HBCU rankings.  

The institution sits about 50 miles south of the University of Delaware, where Biden graduated in 1965 after he double majored in political science and history. 

Biden made the declaration before the South Carolina Democratic primary – which he won by a landslide – during an October 2019 town hall event at Wilson High School in Florence

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Delaware State University (pictured) spokesperson: ‘Vice President Biden did not attend DSU. However he was the Commencement keynote speaker in 2003 and [2016], and during the former he was awarded an honorary doctoral degree’

The high school was founded in 1866 by the Freedmen’s Bureau for black children seeking an education after The Civil War’s resolution. 

‘I got started out of an HBCU, Delaware State — now, I don’t want to hear anything negative about Delaware State. They’re my folks,’ Biden told the crowd.

DailyMail.com has reached out to Delaware State University for further comment. 

Pictured: Joe Biden

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Pictured: Delaware State University President Dr. Tony Allen

Pictured: Delaware State University President Dr. Tony Allen

Delaware State University President Dr. Tony Allen (right) was brought onto the Advisory Council of the Biden Transition Team

This month, Biden and Kamala Harris appointed  Delaware State University President Dr. Tony Allen to serve on the Advisory Council of the Biden Transition Team. 

Allen, a former speechwriter in Biden’s Senate office, would help ‘to ensure the continuity of the government should the former Vice President win the November presidential election.’

In a statement on shared to Delaware State University’s website, Dr. Allen said he began working for Biden 23 years ago.

‘We met in 1997 when he took a chance on a young, single father completing his graduate studies and asked me to come work in his Senate office, as a speechwriter and a liaison to the City of Wilmington. 

‘What I didn’t know then was that he would become one of the primary catalysts to my life in public service.’

Dr. Allen added that working with on the Advisory Council was a privilege.

‘I could not be more honored and humbled by his invitation to offer counsel and perspective in an unprecedented moment in our nation’s history.’ 

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Joe Montana ‘wrestles his infant grandchild away from an alleged kidnapper’

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NFL legend Joe Montana and his wife were forced to wrestle one of their grandchildren away from an intruder who crept inside their California home, report said.

TMZ Sports reports that the frightening incident took place around 5pm on Saturday at a Malibu residence where the couple was staying.  

Authorities told the publication that an unidentified woman, 39, crept into the home through an unlocked door.  

Joe and Jennifer Montana (pictured) reportedly had to wrestle one of their grandchildren away from a home intruder on Saturday

Joe and Jennifer Montana (pictured) reportedly had to wrestle one of their grandchildren away from a home intruder on Saturday

Joe and Jennifer Montana (pictured) reportedly had to wrestle one of their grandchildren away from a home intruder on Saturday 

The intruder reportedly happened across a woman holding a baby and, at some point, walked away with the child to a different part of the home.

It’s unclear who specifically was holding the child at that time.

TMZ Sports reports that the intruder was soon confronted by Joe and Jennifer Montana, who both desperately wrestled to get the baby to safety.   

Authorities said woman, 39, gained entry into the home through an unlocked door, but was later confronted by Joe and Jennifer Montana (pictured)

Authorities said woman, 39, gained entry into the home through an unlocked door, but was later confronted by Joe and Jennifer Montana (pictured)

Authorities said woman, 39, gained entry into the home through an unlocked door, but was later confronted by Joe and Jennifer Montana (pictured)

Joe Montana (pictured) was first drafted to the San Francisco 49ers in 1979 and would later win four Super Bowl championships from 1981 to 1989

Joe Montana (pictured) was first drafted to the San Francisco 49ers in 1979 and would later win four Super Bowl championships from 1981 to 1989

Joe Montana (pictured) was first drafted to the San Francisco 49ers in 1979 and would later win four Super Bowl championships from 1981 to 1989

Deputies with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department were in the area for an unrelated matter, but someone inside the home notified them of the incident.

The intruder fled the home, but was detained a few blocks away by authorities. She was charged with kidnapping and burglary.  

DailyMail.com has reached out to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department for further comment. 

Montana, 64, was first drafted to the San Francisco 49ers in 1979 and would later win four Super Bowl championships from 1981 to 1989. 

He played a total of 16 seasons, during which he won the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000. 

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