President-elect Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, was accosted by a passenger on a JetBlue flight from New York to Florida. The male passenger loudly berated Ivanka over her father’s electoral victory. Ivanka was accompanied by her husband, Jared Kushner and their three young children on the flight, along with several cousins.
The man shouted at the Trump traveling party, “You father is ruining the country.” He added, “Why is she on our flight? She should be flying private.” During his outburst, the man was holding a young child while Ivanka tried to distract her children from the tirade of abuse. He has been identified as attorney Daniel Goldstein.
JetBlue security staff escorted the man off the plane. He reportedly shouted that they were “kicking me off for expressing my opinion.”
In a statement JetBlue released after the incident, the airline said, "The decision to remove a customer from a flight is not taken lightly.” The statement added, "If the crew determines that a customer is causing 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. In this instance, our team worked to re-accommodate the party on the next available flight."
On Twitter, Prof. Matthew Gordon Lasner -- a professor at Hunter College in New York City -- stated that his “husband” was “chasing down” Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner “to harass them,” hashtagging his tweet “#banalityofevil.” Soon, Lasner changed his tune. He later tweeted, “My husband expressed displeasure in a calm tone, JetBlue staff overheard, and they kicked us off the plane.” Lasner also tweeted a picture of Ivanka Trump sitting on the plane. The tweets have since been deleted.
Goldstein and Lasner in happier days
Lasner lives in New York City, according to his Twitter page and is the author of High Life: Condo Living in the Suburban Century. Lasner identifies his "husband" as Daniel Goldstein in the book Affordable Housing in New York. According to the Daily Mail, Goldstein is an attorney in Brooklyn. According to book, the two also share a son named Amos, who was seen with them on the flight.
Lasner is no friend of Donald Trump. Lasner once tweeted: "Who is marching against #Trump? #endfascism." In another tweet, he wrote: "I marched in Chicago today." Secret Service agents were on the flight but decided to let airline security handle the situation.
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