During a recent CBS interview, First Daughter Ivanka Trump claimed to not know the meaning of “complicit.” The Merriam-Webster Dictionary is making sure she does.
On Tuesday night, when it broke that Trump’s eldest daughter feigned ignorance, then attempted to rebrand the word as doing a public good, Merriam-Webster felt the need to let its Twitter audience know that the word “complicit” was a trending word being searched for on their website. the Merriam-Webster definition of complicit is “helping to commit a crime or do wrong in some way.”
Shortly afterward, Merriam-Webster tweeted that Ivanka Trump again made “complicit” a trending word a month earlier, when a Saturday Night Live sketch featured an Ivanka Trump lookalike advertising a fragrance called “complicit.”
📈'Complicit' also trended in March. We wrote about it then. https://t.co/HEqWBltPUc
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) April 4, 2017
Then on Wednesday morning, Merriam-Webster announced to its following that searches for the word “complicit” had ben so frequent that the word became the #1 most searched-for word by Wednesday.
📈'Complicit' is our #1 lookup after Ivanka Trump told CBS "I don’t know what it means to be complicit." https://t.co/HEqWBltPUc
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) April 5, 2017
During the actual interview, Ivanka Trump attempted to play off critics’ labeling of her as complicit in aiding and abetting President Trump by saying and doing nothing to stop her father from enacting numerous policies that hurt the people she claims to care about.
“If being complicit is wanting to, is wanting to be a force for good and to make a positive impact then I’m complicit. I don’t know that the critics who may say that of me, if they found themselves in this very unique and unprecedented situation that I am now in, would do any differently than I am doing… So I hope to make a positive impact. I don’t know what it means to be complicit, but you know, I hope time will prove that I have done a good job and much more importantly that my father’s administration is the success that I know it will be.”
Of course, this isn’t the first time Trump’s eldest daughter has been oblivious about something seemingly obvious to the rest of the American public. On Tuesday, Ivanka marked Equal Pay Day with a tweet about protecting women in the workplace, seemingly unaware that just a week prior, her father repealed an Obama-era executive order that ensconced protections for women in the workplace.
In case you haven’t seen it, view Scarlett Johannson’s portrayal of Ivanka Trump in the “complicit” sketch below:
Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.