Julia Ioffe has been fired from Politico over a vulgar tweet Wednesday about Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka. Ioffe’s tweet, relating to possible nepotism surrounding the Trump offsprings’ place in government, was made in response to an article suggesting Ivanka may receive the office of the First Lady in the White House.
Ioffe, who is Jewish, was subjected to anti-Semitic harassment from Trump supporters after writing a profile critical of Trump’s wife, Melania, in April. The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website, ran a blogpost featuring the headline “Empress Melania Attacked by Filthy Russian Kike Julia Ioffe in GQ!”
John Harris, Politico’s editor-in-chief, criticized Ioffe’s tweet, saying the publication has “little tolerance for the this type of behavior,” according to Times of Israel. Harris added that the tweet “has absolutely zero value for our readers and should have zero place in our work.”
“Gratuitous opinion has no place, anywhere, at any time – not on your Facebook feed, your Twitter feed or any place else,” Harris and Politico editor Carrie Budoff Brown wrote in a letter to the website’s employees. “It has absolutely zero value for our readers and should have zero place in our work. We have accelerated the close of [Ioffe’s] Politico contributor contract, effective immediately.”
Ioffe, who had already planned to leave Politico for the Atlantic, expressed regret for the Trump tweet in subsequent postings on Twitter.
It was a tasteless, offensive tweet that I regret and have deleted. I am truly and deeply sorry. It won’t happen again.
— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) December 14, 2016
In a statement, The Atlantic said Ioffe “made a mistake today on Twitter, which she regrets and for which she has publicly apologized. We’re confident that when she joins The Atlantic next month she will adhere to our standards.”
Here’s our statement on Julia Ioffe tweet: pic.twitter.com/LWJDW2frHw
— Emily Lenzner (@Elenzner) December 15, 2016