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‘Gross. Awful’: Ivanka Trump Attacked for Photo with Pastor

Picture taken at a White House dinner on Monday night with one evangelical leader has some people up in arms

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Actress Ellen Page lashed out at Ivanka Trump on Monday night via Twitter, attacking the first daughter for posing for a photo with evangelical pastor Jim Garlow.

The photo was taken at a White House dinner that President Donald Trump hosted Monday night, along with first lady Melania Trump, to celebrate religious freedom.

He had invited a number of evangelical leaders to the White House, as was widely reported.

“The attacks on communities of faith are over. We’ve ended it. We’ve ended it. Unlike some before us, we are protecting your religious liberty,” Trump told the crowd on Monday, as Breitbart reported.

But actress Ellen Page, a 31-year-old native of Canada, accused first daughter Ivanka Trump of “perpetuating horrible suffering and preventing equality from being realized” over the photo.

“Nope. Nope. Gross. Awful. @IvankaTrump,” Ellen Page tweeted, in response to a tweet from Jeremy Hooper that said, “Here is @IvankaTrump posing at tonight’s evangelical dinner with a man who has quite literally claimed marriage equality is a satanic plot to destroy the image of God.”

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Page, who came out as gay in 2014 and who was nominated for an Oscar for her role in “Juno,” has long been a vocal supporter of various progressive causes, as Breitbart noted.

Last year, for example, she organized a live reading of “Juno” — the 2007 movie she starred in about a pregnant teenager who has her baby and ultimately gives the child up for adoption — to support Planned Parenthood.

Some people on Twitter called out Page for the hypocrisy they saw in her comments on Twitter:

Others, meanwhile, were only too happy to pile on — take a look at a few of the comments.

Many liberals take to their keyboards to attack conservatives, and vice versa — while many Americans and people of faith support the president’s respect for traditional values.

Many of those people, of course, voted for Trump in 2016.

The Monday night White House dinner showed that the Trump family remains unafraid to embrace the values of faith, family and tradition.

Jim Garlow is senior pastor of Skyline Church in La Mesa, California, a suburb of San Diego.

He himself wrote on Twitter about the evening, “At White House Dinner tonite. Fabulous event. I was leaving the room. Did not even know the president was coming up beside me on my right. Was so shocked to see him. Got the best pic I could.”

He shared several tweets and pictures about the evening.

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“This was actually the president and first lady’s idea to have a dinner to celebrate evangelical leadership,” Pastor Robert Jeffress said on the Christian Broadcasting Network about the event.

“The White House is very aware that evangelicals have been some of the staunchest supporters of the president. He won by the largest evangelical vote in history. He still has a 77 percent approval rating, and I think they’re genuinely appreciative of that.”

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