A gym-owner in Washington D.C. called out Ivanka Trump for using her facilities in a post that’s proven controversial.
“What do you do when you find out Ivanka Trump just took [Solidcore], but used an alias to sign up for class?” wrote Anne Mahlum, founder of Solidcore, before deleting the post, Fox News reports. “You reach out and ask for a meeting. While I don’t know her and I always seek to understand … I do know her father is threatening the rights of many of my beloved clients and coaches and as a business owner, I take my responsibility to protect and fight for my people very seriously.”
While some praised Mahlum for creating a “safe space” for her clients, most found the post upsetting, reports The Washington Post.
Many accused her of infringing upon her client’s right to privacy while others called her biased and hypocritical.
“Ivanka Trump can’t even go to the gym in peace without a liberal owner hounding her,” tweeted one man in response. “Disgraceful.”
Some implied she was subtly bragging and trying to stir drama where there was none.
“So founder of gym chain Solidcore discovers Ivanka Trump has taken class and immediately does some anti-Trump virtue-signaling on Facebook,” chimed in one woman.
“Ivanka can’t even go to the gym without drama,” added another. “That this is counter productive is beside the point. Outright CREEPY.”
Mahlum later responded to the criticism on Facebook before deleting the subsequent post as well, CNBC reports.
“I am extremely proud of the inclusive community at [Solidcore] that respects everyone’s age, race, religion, sexual orientation, or otherwise, and it is my key priority to protect that community,” she wrote. “As I said in my Facebook post, I do not know Ivanka, but I welcome the opportunity to open up the communication channels, and I hope she takes me up on my offer.”
It’s not the first time Mahlum has captured national attention. Former first lady Michelle Obama reportedly frequented Mahlum’s classes and considered Solidcore a favorite.
Sources: Fox News, Washington Post, CNBC, Twitter(2)(3) / Photo Credit: annemahlum.com