Politico Severs Contract With Julia Ioffe After Trump Tweet

"Gratuitous opinion has no place, anywhere, at any time – not on your Facebook feed, your Twitter feed or any place else."

Julia Ioffe, a contributor to Politico, had her contract cut short after she tweeted about Donald Trump giving Ivanka Trump the White House office reserved for the First Lady.

Wednesday afternoon, Ioffe tweeted “Either Trump is fucking his daughter or he’s shirking nepotism laws. Which is worse?” and then deleted it. The damage, of course, had already been done.

In a memo to staffers obtained by Poynter, Politico’s editor in chief John Harris and editor Carrie Budoff Brown addressed the situation.

“Gratuitous opinion has no place, anywhere, at any time – not on your Facebook feed, your Twitter feed or any place else. It has absolutely zero value for our readers and should have zero place in our work Julia Ioffe’s tweet this afternoon about President-elect Trump – currently and understandably racing across social media – is a clear example of the opposite of what we were talking about.”

Luckily for Ioffe—who did apologize for the tweet—she was already set to take on a new role at The Atlantic. That made the decision to let her go even easier for Politico.

“Julia had previously announced she is taking her work to the Atlantic,” continued the note from Harris and Brown. “We have accelerated the close of her Politico contributor contract, effective immediately.”