On 11 May 2018, political operative Ronald Klain shared an image on Twitter stating that the White House hosted military spouses on that day, but did not include people of color:
The WH hosted military spouses today. Our armed forces are 40% non-white. The odds that — BY CHANCE — a group of 52 military spouses would contain no people of color are lower than 100 trillion to 1. So, umm…. pic.twitter.com/zi6XzmzYBd
— Ronald Klain (@RonaldKlain) May 11, 2018
That same day, military-oriented outlet Task & Purpose published an editorial about the tweet, pointing out that both the date and the details of the photograph were inaccurate:
The photo was actually taken at the annual Joint Armed Forces of Washington Luncheon (JAFOWL) on April 24, not the White House. In fact, it only shows members of the Air Force Officers’ Spouses’ Club. I mean, you don’t have to be a clotheshorse to notice the dress Ivanka is wearing in the Klain photo matches the one she wore on April 24 and not the one she wore on May 11 … the wives in this photo chose to marry Air Force officers — 20 percent of whom identify as a racial minority, below the rate for officers across the entire U.S. armed forces — it would make sense that there might be a distinct under-representation of black and Asian military spouses, and it’s certainly a problem. But the issue isn’t that the White House only invited white women […]
The article included a 24 April 2018 Facebook post shared by Ivanka Trump:
Keller, Jared. “There’s A Big Problem With That Viral Military Spouse Photo.”
Task and Purpose. 11 May 2018.
Air Force Officers’ Spouses Club. “JAFOWL 2018.”
Accessed 14 May 2018.