Is Yahoo! Serious With This Absurd Ivanka Trump’s Alleged Pre-Flight Harrassment?

More airline harassment. More media malfeasance.

Reports emerged Thursday afternoon that Ivanka Trump was accosted by a man while on a JetBlue flight. According to TMZ, an “out-of-control passenger” on the plane allegedly began “verbally berating” Ms. Trump and “jeering” at her children:

Ivanka was on a JetBlue flight leaving JFK Thursday morning with her family when a passenger started screaming, “Your father is ruining the country.” The guy went on, “Why is she on our flight? She should be flying private.” The guy had his kid in his arms as he went on the tirade.

The unruly man was reportedly escorted off the plane by JetBlue personnel. But wait, there’s more.

Twitchy collected a series of since-deleted tweets from one Matthew Lasner, a professor at Hunter College in New York City, who said it was his husband who was the man kicked off the plane.

“Ivanka and Jared at JFK T5, flying commercial. My husband chasing them down to harass them. #banalityofevil,” Lasner tweeted (preserved via screengrabs from Twitchy).

“Ivanka just before @JetBlue kicked us off our flight when a flt attendant overhead my husband expressing displeasure about flying w/ Trumps,” read another one of his tweets.

“Ivanka and Jared on our flight. My husband expressed displeasure in a calm tone, JetBlue staff overheard, and they kicked us off the plane,” read a third.

A statement from JetBlue explains that the decision to remove a passenger “is not taken lightly,” explaining: “[I]f the crew determines that a customer is causing a conflict on the aircraft, the customer will be asked to deplane, especially if the crew feels the situation runs the risk of escalation during flight.”

So, let’s review the facts.

JetBlue policy is to remove a passenger pretty much as only a last resort. The husband of the alleged offender tweeted that his husband was going to “harass” the future first daughter, and her husband Jared Kushner. And TMZ’s report confirms that Ivanka and her children were verbally abused by this passenger before JetBlue personnel were forced to deplane him.

Now, let’s look at how Yahoo! News reported the story.

“Man kicked off JetBlue flight for questioning why Ivanka Trump was on it.” Are you kidding, Yahoo!?


Ivanka Trump was, reportedly, verbally assaulted. She was allegedly harassed — her innocent children yelled at. The entire incident and deplaning did not revolve around some questions.

And, of course, Yahoo! is not alone in this egregious distortion of the facts. ThinkProgress editor Judd Legum’s attempt at spinning the story said the passenger was “kicked off Jet Blue flight for talking to Ivanka Trump.”

No, he wasn’t kicked off for “talking”; he was kicked off for harassing a fellow traveler simply due to her familial association. But facts don’t matter to many on the Left. Over and over again, they demonstrate they don’t care much for inconvenient truths.

And that is, ladies and gentlemen…

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