Ivanka Trump Credits Emma Watson for Famous Rabbinical Saying, Sparks Online Derision

The daughter of Republican nominee Donald Trump attributes a quote coined by Rabbi Hillel, also known as Hillel the Elder, to actress Emma Watson, who used the phrase in a 2014 speech.

Ivanka Trump, daughter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Greenville, North Carolina, on September 6, 2016.
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The daughter of U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump has touched off a Twitter storm of scorn for attributing a famous saying by rabbinical sage Hillel to actress Emma Watson.

On her Instagram account Ivanka Trump posts a graphic that reads "If not me, who? If not now, when?" with Watson's name following a dash thereafter, suggesting the actress is the proverb's source.

Screenshot of Ivanka Trump's Instagram post.

The Huffington Post, in its blog post about the gaffe, says that many social media mavens have joked about how Trump ought to have known better since she converted to Judaism before marrying Jared Kushner in 2009.

The full saying as traditionally attributed to Rabbi Hillel goes: "If I am not for myself who is for me? And being for my own self, what am 'I'? And if not now, when?"  The proverb is considered one of Hillel's most famous teachings.

Born in ancient Babylonia some 2,000 years ago, during Roman times, Hillel moved to Jerusalem and is best known for teachings about how people should treat each other.

Another saying popularly attributed to Hillel is that "whoever destroys a soul, it is as if he destroyed an entire world. And whoever saves a life, it is as if he saved an entire world."

Trump's daughter had been quoting Watson, famous for her role as Hermione in the "Harry Potter" films, from a 2014 speech about a gender equality initiative at the United Nations.

Trump's campaign had no immediate response, the Huffington Post said.