Ivanka Trump made it very clear on Thursday that she has no problem staying cool and calm under pressure.
The 35-year-old mother-of-three was travelling with her children to Palm Beach, Florida from New York City on a JetBlue flight when a man began to accost her.
‘Your father is ruining the country,’ said Dan Goldstein, a lawyer from Brooklyn, who had a child in his arms according to TMZ.
Goldstein then began screaming out: ‘Why is she on our flight. She should be flying private.’
Ivanka paid as little attention as possible and tried to preoccupy her children with some crayons to diffuse the situation until the crew escorted him off the plane.
Goldstein’s husband, Matthew Lasner, said that was not what happened however on Twitter, writing: ‘My husband expressed his displeasure in a calm tone, JetBlue staff overheard, and they kicked us off the plane.’
However, just an hour prior to that Lasner wrote on Twitter: ‘Ivanka and Jared at JFK T5, flying commercial. My husband chasing them down to harass them. #banalityofevil’
Lassner also took a photo of Ivanka sitting on the plane writing that they were kicked off for ‘expressing displeasure about flying w/ Trumps.’
The plane was still boarding when the incident occurred, so the crew was able to get the two men and their child off the flight and avoid any further incident.
Goldstein began saying to the crew as they escorted him off the plane: ‘You’re kicking me off for expressing my opinion?!!’
It was after they were off the plane that Lasner then posted his tweets defending his husband and the photo of Ivanka sitting in her seat.
Those tweets were then deleted in less than an hour. An hour after that Lasner deleted his entire account.
And while Goldstein was happy to go after Ivanka and Lasner was eager to defend his actions, neither of the men confronted Ivanka’s husband Jared Kushner, who was right next to her on the flight standing in the aisle the entire time.
JetBlue released a statement on Thursday morning saying: ‘The decision to remove a customer from a flight is not taken lightly. If 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.’
It was then noted that Lasner and Goldsten were placed on the next available flight.
Members of Secret Service were on the flight with the family, but did not intervene and instead chose to let the airline handle the issue.
Ivanka had been seen leaving her Park Avenue apartment building early that morning dressed down in skinny jeans and a varsity jacket.
Due to the number of people who visit Palm Beach in the winter months and the small size of the airport, most individuals departing from New York City have to fly JetBlue out of JFK to get to the popular destination.
Ivanka and her family will be spending the holiday with her father, the President-elect, at Mar-a-Lago.
Lasner has been very vocal about his distaste for Trump on Twitter, writing shortly after the election about marching against the President-elect.
He also posted a video when he marched in Chicago with the hashtags ‘#notmypresident’ and ‘#weslay.’
Lasner also retweeted a man who wrote on Twitter: ‘Dear @IvankaTrump + @JaredKushner, there are swastikas being painted across America by people who support your father. PLEASE SAY SOMETHING.’
According to his biography on the Hunter College website, Lasner ‘studies the history and theory of the U.S. built environment, with particular focus on housing, and the relationship between housing patterns and urban and suburban form.’
He earned a PhD in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, a MS in urban and regional planning studies from the London School of Economics and his BA in urban studies at Columbia.
SOURCE: Daily Mail