Daniel Goldstein: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Ivanka Trump, Dan Goldstein, Ivanka Trump JetBlue flight


Dan Goldstein is a Brooklyn attorney who reportedly yelled at Ivanka Trump on a JetBlue flight from New York to Palm Beach on December 22. He ended up getting kicked off the flight, which was delayed because of his behavior. His husband, Matthew Lasner, tweeted about the incident, but later deleted his messages and then his entire Twitter page.

JetBlue issued a statement, confirming that passengers were removed from the flight and given another flight to reach their destination. ABC News reports that the flight was delayed.

Here’s what we know so far about the incident and a look at Goldstein’s career.

1. Passenger on the Plane Disputes Report That Goldstein Yelled at Ivanka

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Ivanka was traveling to Florida with her three children and husband Jared Kushner on a commercial flight and sat in coach with the other passengers. TMZ reports that Goldstein yelled at her, “Your father is ruining this country.”

Goldstein, who was carrying his son, then yelled, “Why is she on our flight. She should be flying private.”

JetBlue flight attendants overheard the incident and removed Goldstein, Lasner and their son from the flight. “You’re kicking me off for expressing my opinion?” Goldstein yelled, according to a passenger who spoke with TMZ.

As for Ivanka, she ignored Goldstein and kept her children busy with crayons.

Marc Scheff, who sat in front of Ivanka on the plane, told a different story to BuzzFeed News and also shared his version of events on Facebook.

Scheff wrote:

He didn’t accost her directly.
When he got on and saw her, sitting behind me, he said “oh my god. This is a nightmare” and was visibly shaking. He said “they ruin the country now they ruin our flight!” (Context: Boarding and therefore the flight was delayed because they needed to get on first through some other way)
He did not yell. He was also not what I would describe as calm. Agitated maybe. His husband behind him was very calm. His son is adorable and sharply dressed.
When the JetBlue staff went back to speak to the man I overheard Ivanka say to them “I don’t want to make this a thing.” My assessment is that she was happy to let the man take his seat. She handled the situation calmly and with class. Security made the call to remove the man.
And for good reason. The man’s calm husband had tweeted earlier that his husband was “chasing them down to harass them.”
I did not witness his actual removal some rows back. If he screamed, I didn’t hear it.

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2. Lasner’s Husband Tweeted That Goldstein Chased Ivanka & Kushner After Spotting Them at the Airport

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An hour before the flight was supposed to take off, Lasner tweeted that Goldstein was “chasing” Ivanka and Kushener “down to harass them,” adding “#banalityofevil.”

However, in his next tweet, Lasner changed his story. “My husband expressed displeasure in a calm tone, JetBlue staff overheard, and they kicked us off the plane,” Lasner wrote.

Lasner also posted a photo of Ivanka on the plane. “Ivanka just before @JetBlue kicked us off our flight when a flt attendant overheard my husband expressing displeasure about flying w/ Trump,” he wrote.

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3. JetBlue Confirmed That Goldstein & Lasner Were Kicked off the Flight

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JetBlue planes at JFK in 2014. (Getty)

JetBlue has issued a statement, confirming that the Lasner and Goldstein were kicked off the flight and put on another plane.

The statement reads:

“The decision to remove a customer from a flight is not taken lightly. 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. Our team worked to re-accommodate the party on the next available flight.”

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4. Goldstein Is a Lawyer Who Worked for the U.S. Mint in San Francisco

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Goldstein is a lawyer who lives in Brooklyn with Lasner and their son. The State Bar of California attorney search shows that he was admitted to the State Bar of California in December 2002 and has been inactive since January 2012.

Before moving to Brooklyn, Goldstein was based in San Francisco, where he worked for the U.S. Mint as an Employee and Labor Relations Specialist, according to the International Ombudsman Association.

The Columbia College Today Winter 2012/13 issue mentions that Lasner and Goldstein married in Bolinas, California. Other members of the Columbia College 1996 class were at the wedding.

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5. Goldstein’s Husband, Matthew Lasner, Who Once Called Trump ‘The Gordon Gekko of Developers’

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Matthew Lasner is a professor of urban studies and planning. (Hunter College)

According to his website, Lasner is an associate professor of urban studies and planning at Hunter College. He has written the book including High Life: Condo Living in the Suburban Century and edited Affordable Housing in New York: The People, Places, and Policies that Transformed a City with Nicholas Dagen Bloom. Lasner’s research focuses on “the history and theory of the U.S. built environment, with particular focus on housing and the relationship between ways of living and urban and suburban form,” according to his site.

Lasner earned a PhD from Harvard in 2007. At first, Lasner removed all tweets related to the Ivanka Trump incident form his Twitter page. However, he has since deleted his entire profile.

Lasner had made it clear that he was not a Donald Trump supporter, as the tweets below show.



In an interview with AM New York in March 2016, Lasner said that Trump represents “an ascension of ego, of surface, and of explicitly catering to new wealth” and nicknamed him “the Gordon Gekko of developers,” referring to the Wall Street character.

Lasner mentions in Affordable Housing in New York that he is married to Goldstein and they have a son, Amos. Amos was with the couple when they were on the flight.

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  1. Which one of them is the mighty midget? Family Social Services should keep them under supervision if they have a vulnerable child in their care. If they can’t control themselves in public, what must they be like in private?

  2. Just ANOTHER example of “tolerance” that liberals claim to espouse. The biting irony is that in many other countries, these two would have been thrown off the roof of the tallest building.

    • Really ???? how hypocrite where was that same respect for the Obama family where you this offended when one of your counterpart called insulted the Obama girls

  3. Gay Jew harasses Trump’s daughter and causes scene on plane. That’s some real Park Slope shit right there. No fan of the Trump dynasty but would bet my chickens this entitled dick shiner is a class A asshole.

  4. Ivanka and her husband should sue Mr and Mrs. Goldstein, or Lasner (whatever) for harassment. Win, or lose tie them up in court, parade them in front of the media and expose them to some public free speech and make their lives miserable for a while. Make an example out of them for their intolerance and exposing children to their horrific behavior.

    • Wouldn’t be hard to prove, the other husband tweeted that he was “chasing Ivanka Trump with the intent to harass her”.

  5. Maybe the new administration should go after teh ghey Joooooze? They will be accused of it in any event. Unfortunately, I’ll prolly stand by and watch, I’ve studied the Milgram experiment. I don’t think anyone could say he would do “better” than the test subjects. Maybe me, my default reaction is to defy soi-disant authority.

    /Solecisms intentional

  6. Part of the new KKGay, intolerant Taliban liberals. Death to all infidels they cry and whine. And of course to these crybullies anyone who has differing views is an infidel.

    Congrats to you two. Millions of conservatives now know your faces, names, places of employment, and where you live. Perhaps you will soon learn what it is like to be publicly bullied.

  7. He was holding his own child as he raged, out of control, at a woman with children.
    Child Services needs to investigate the lack of mental stability that would cause a man holding a child to rage like this. He is a danger to his own child and to those around him.

  8. He was holding his own child as he raged, out of control, at a woman with children.

    Child Services needs to investigate the lack of mental stability that would cause a man holding a child to rage like this. He is a danger to his own child and to those around him.

  9. Gay people have been fighting to marry for a long time and now that they can they WONT even take the others last name? Can you imagine how that conversation would go….i am the man you take my last name, no I am the man you take mine! both are the girls in the relationship by man standards.

  10. Some gays truly believe they are superior to heterosexuals. I’ve witnessed this first hand. The action taken by these two is a perfect example. Their desire to give Ivanka a “piece of their mind” is all that mattered to them, not Ivanka or her chldren, not the child the “husband” was holding in his hands while spouting off hatred towards the Trumps.
    And while I’m at it, how the hell can we allow queers to raise children? If its known the child is homosexual, fine, but in most cases the child’s sexual preference is not known. I personally am against gays being allowed to raise “straight” children because it’s guaranteed to phuck with the child’s head whether we as a society are willing to admit the truth or not. A child’s welfare should definitely trump (pun intended) a gay couple’s desire to have a family.
    Finally, why was this “man” not arrested??

  11. “You’re kicking me off for expressing my opinion?” Ms. Goldstein you were being kicked off because you are a hateful douchebag, not because you’re expressing your opinion. In your view if I took a baseball bat to your face for being a scumbag well that’s just expressing opinion!

  12. He was holding his son and using him as a shield and putting the kid in harms way..I hope he isnt abusing the boy at home.sexually..CPS PLEASE..remove this child FAST

  13. Typical liberals – first, viciously attack someone with flaming but unfounded accustations, and then, play innocent victim

  14. What is wrong with you people, what this man did was pathetic and wrong but it seems people hate him just because hes a wealthy gay man with a child.

    I’m gay and a trump supporter, not every gay guy acts like this man.

    • I agree, this should not be about them being gay. The problem is that the loudest gay activists get the media’s attention, and if a gay person publically voices disagreement with the (supposed) prevailing gay agenda they are now outcasts and ostracized from the gay community. That is why too many of them support policies that go too far. I am sure there are many gays that disagree with the policy that is being pushed that says that any man who says he feels like a woman should be able to enter the woman’s room. I personally don’t care if someone is gay, and I have no problem with creating a 3rd bathroom, or having transgendered people use the family restroom, but unless you have had the operation to remove your penis and create the vagina, there is no way to prove you are not a pervert. If you have gone so far as to have the sex change, then sure, use the woman’s room .Sorry, the comfort and safety of the many should trump the hurt feelings of a transsexual. If they loudest gay voices of today had their way any man could simply claim he feels like a woman and go into a women’s room…..not happening. Work within your community to advocate for common sense laws and I am sure there will be far fewer people who dislike gays.

  15. Two men who are married…. to each other??? And Trump is the one who is ruining our country????Wake up everyone ,homosexuals are working hard everyday to turn what is egregiously abnormal into what they want everyone ,including innocent young minds to consider as normal behavior, Literally makes me want to vomit.

  16. Excuse me, but there are many people who do not agree with you’re lifestyle..
    First off ,people might be offended that you are a Jew, followed by being gay, followed by being an attorney…
    So with 3 strikes against you,,,you are in no position to yell at anyone!
    From what I have read about you, you are a slime ball attorney…
    Great example you set for your poor child.

  17. 2 disgusting people. How were they allowed to adopt a child into that environment.
    freaking Lawyer no less, what an idiot. His wife, another idiot. When I was growing up, we were told in school and I guess were misled, that a Professor is intelligent and one of the smarter people.

    WHAT A LIE Both of these GAY JEWS are ass holes to the highest degree.

  18. In Israel we call all of these “Liberals”. considered to be the scum of the Jewish Diaspora, “Judo-Nazis” and not anymore “leftist”. There is a consensus that the Left created the State of Israel but the Current Leftist want to create an “all citizen State” and stop calling Israel the “Jewish State”. They support the Arab-Nazis who stab and kill Jews during 150 years because they are Jews – and not because the settlements!
    There is a campaign to change the Law of Return, that allow Jews to get an Israeli ID the same day they arrive in Israel as immigrants. Those Judo-Nazis will be denied this option including all their family.

  19. Yes, they made it very clear who harassed Ivanka and who was intolerant. By their own actions, they are teaching their little boys to be intolerant bullies too.

  20. Another example of an educated “NOBODY” who hasn’t a GRAIN of common sense or decency in their skull !!! If someone were to harass him for his lifestyle or beliefs he’d by crying like a baby! Give us a break from your idiocracy!

  21. Pansy asses act like heroes ,,,,, I guess they are to the crowd they run with. Hand with some men and see what you get.

  22. Both of these people should be fired from their current employment. They do not show clear and good judgement when it comes to the safety and comfort of others.

  23. Seriously people, you need to stop this petition nonsense.
    You are beginning to sound like Liberals!
    If you don’t like his behavior than don’t take his classes.
    If you must take action than hold a demonstration about how his behavior does not reflect the colleges values.
    But demanding that he be fired for expressing his personal opinion, however crudely and rudely it was done, is way over the top.
    Respect his First Amendment rights just like you want yours respected.

    • You are the whining liberal,,Dont take his classes, give me a break, the man is a professor, any teacher willing to be rude in public so others can hear you as. it ruined his flight is a immature little boy and should be fired, he’s not a gym teacher he’s a professor you moron, a frigin professor!!!