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Ivanka Trump Visit to Iowa Hair Salon Drives Customers Away

Jessica Kwong
Ivanka Trump Visit to Iowa Hair Salon Drives Customers Away

The White House isn’t the only place where some people are outraged to see first daughter Ivanka Trump.

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A hair salon in Des Moines, Iowa, attracted heat and fleeing customers after posting a photo on Facebook of Trump’s visit with Governor Kim Reynolds.

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“Our Monday kicked off with styling Ivanka Trump for her visit to Iowa! We (heart emoji) supporting women in politics,” Salon Spa W wrote in accompaniment to the photo.


The post by the salon, which is a few blocks away from the state capitol and has served government officials including former President Barack Obama, had received more than 400 comments by Wednesday morning.

Many Facebook users disapproved, suggesting they would no longer frequent the business.

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“You respect money over women,” Danielle Lynn commented. “Not just women, but humanity. These two featured in your photo are disgraceful.”

“This is devastating. I love Salon Spa W so much. It’s my place of refuge,” Jamie P. B. Elliot commented. “As an incredibly loyal customer, I demand an apology before I book my next appointment, and will be canceling the appointments I have.”

Another user, Emmanuel Smith, added: "Do you know how much money I spend at Salon Spa W? I get my nails and hair done there exclusively, and literally have my appointments booked till years end. THIS makes me not want to give you another penny, and makes me really REALLY angry for all your amazing LGBTQ staff whose lives these women threaten. Please take this down."

The backlash, though, soon received its own backlash, with a number of other users thanking the salon for serving the president's eldest daughter. 

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“Styling someone’s hair doesn’t mean you automatically agree with their political preferences,” Evan Olson wrote on the thread. “Sometimes a haircut is just a haircut.”

The salon’s owner and president, China Wong, told local NBC affiliate WHOtv.com that people traveling with Trump reached out to her for the appointment.

She also addressed the criticism on Facebook.

“We believe everyone matters and deserves our indiscriminate care and kindness,” she wrote. "While we are not a partisan organization we do see it as part of our mission to welcome people to Des Moines and serve everyone. We share images of our clients, some that are recognizable public figures, to showcase our work."

Trump was in Iowa to talk to students of the Waukee School District’s Aspiring Professional Experience Program as part of her push to support the Trump administration’s federal job training programs and infrastructure plan.

The first daughter has gotten backlash from previous visits to schools including Norwalk Early College Academy in Connecticut late last year. She has also faced consistent criticism about having a role in the White House, which recently saw her meet with South Korea's president, despite having no previous political or foreign policy experience.

This article was first written by Newsweek

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