As the election results of 2016 seem more certain, the heated protests are dying down. But the fire isn’t completely out, as Ivanka Trump found out when she boarded a JetBlue flight from New York on Thursday with her husband and children. The family was headed to Palm Beach, Florida but the vacation began with a violent and spontaneous outburst from another passenger on the plane.
A lawyer named Dan Goldstein wasn’t pleased to find a Trump on her flight. Goldstein shouted at Ivanka who, according to reports, tried to distract her kids from the man’s tirade.
“Your father is ruining the country,” Goldstein yelled. “Why is she on our flight? She should be flying private!”
The Trump family clearly has the right to travel as they see fit, but that logic didn’t fit into Goldstein’s rant. He clearly felt moved to voice his displeasure, and was doing so–loudly and publicly.
So JetBlue personnel was removed the man.
“You’re kicking me off for expressing my opinion?!”
Goldstein, who reports say was on the plane with a child, hasn’t commented. His husband, Matthew Lassner, took to Twitter to record the incident:
Lassner’s Twitter account has been deleted. What is surprising is the clear assertion that Goldstein had sought out an opportunity to harass the trumps. What everyone assumed was spontaneous was actually premeditated.
He even tweeted before the flight:
“Ivanka and Jared at JFK T5, flying commercial. My husband chasing them down to harass them. #banalityofevil”
“Ivanka just before @JetBlue kicked us off our flight when a flt attendant overhead my husband expressing displeasure about flying w/ Trumps.”
Lasner’s account of the incident doesn’t match what other passengers are saying. He claims that his husband was calm and simply expressing his opinion and that they were overheard.
“Ivanka and Jared on our flight. My husband expressed displeasure in a calm tone, JetBlue staff overheard, and they kicked us off the plane.”
The Independent Journal Review provided an interesting take on the whole occurrence, noting that Ivanka–who could clearly have flown private–was flying coach. Not even first class. There’s something about that that makes her seem very American.
JetBlue has since released a statement about the incident:
“The decision to remove a customer from a flight is not taken lightly. If the crew determines that a customer is causing 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. Our team worked to re-accommodate the party on the next available flight.”