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Ivanka Trump Roasted For Tweeting Fake Chinese Proverb

Otter Lee June 13, 2018 June 13th, 2018

Ivanka Trump attempted to share what she called a Chinese proverb on Twitter, but immediately got dragged after sassy netizens clarified that she was completely wrong on the origin of the quote.

Ivanka posted and pinned the tweet, apparently as a reference to her father’s meeting with North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un.

While the tweet attracted plenty of divisive attitudes, most Chinese netizens and lore researchers agree that the “Chinese proverb” most certainly did not originate in China.

Quote Investigator, a website dedicated to tracking and tracing the origins of quotes, found that the phrase most likely originated during the dawn of the 20th century in the United States. QI found that the quote has been attributed to a variety of Western voices and publications including Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, American writer Elbert Hubbard, humor magazine “Puck”, Saxby’s Magazine, and The Washington Post.

Later, it would be mischaracterized as Chinese and falsely connected to Confucius–the fate of many other wise-sounding sayings. Quote Investigator actually had this research completed and posted in January of 2015.

A simple Google search or fact check would easily have prevented this embarrassing and problematic mistake.


Twitter users, many of them Chinese themselves, quickly seized on the faux pas. Many were quick to point out Ivanka’s complicated relationship with China in their burns and jabs. The first daughter’s history of making knock-off designer clothes in China was a particularly popular theme.



Others took it as a clear demonstration of her inherent dishonesty and untrustworthiness.

Ivanka has been known to misquote on social media. In 2013, she posted what she claimed to be an Albert Einstein quote.

His estate responded.

As one Twitter user pointed out, even after the entire Internet slammed her ignorance, Ivanka offered a glib reply and pinned the tweet, which has been accumulating plenty of likes from various admirers and supporters. Maybe she’s just trolling us all!

Another mystery of the East: Why would Ivanka try to use a Chinese quote to sum up the events occurring in North Korea?