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Nordstrom department store announced on Feb. 3 that they were dropping Ivanka Trump’s line of clothing, because it wasn’t selling well. On Feb. 8, so-called president Donald Trump tweeted:

My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!

This is completely insane.

Yes, Trump has criticized other businesses — including Boeing, Carrier, and the US automakers — because they said or did things Trump didn’t like, but this tweet was about his daughter’s personal business and appeared on the official White House twitter account. What an ethical nightmare.

Donald Trump is acting like a tinpot dictator, who takes personal offense if a company makes a routine business decision that doesn’t favor him or his family.

Luckily, Trump’s tantrum didn’t work. After the tweet the shares of Nordstrom dropped briefly, but then recovered and closed up over 4 percent.

Of course, White House spokesman Sean Spicer defended Trump’s tweet, telling reporters that the president was responding to an “attack on his daughter” and that “he has every right to stand up for his family and applaud their business activities, their success.”

Spicer was also asked by a reporter why the tweet was posted at 10:51am, which is during the time the president was scheduled to receive his daily intelligence briefing. Spicer responded that the president was not otherwise occupied when he wrote the tweet.

Adding insult to injury, on Thursday morning Trump’s top advisor Kellyanne Conway gave an interview from the White House on Fox News where she urged viewers to buy products from Ivanka Trump’s clothing and accessories line, saying “Go buy Ivanka’s stuff. … I’m gonna give it a free commercial here. Go buy it today, everybody. You can find it online.” Federal employees are prohibited by law from endorsing products.

UPDATE: Seth Meyers takes a closer look at this mess, and finds humor:


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5 Comments

  1. ebdoug wrote:

    I thought about this all night. this has no correlation to all the subcontractors that PINO never paid does it? Screws them, then complains about his low selling daughter’s line of items.

    Friday, February 10, 2017 at 4:20 am | Permalink
  2. Jonah wrote:

    The 3rd paragraph about “bowling green” tells you a lot about the trump voters.

    http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2017/02/americans-now-evenly-divided-on-impeaching-trump.html

    Friday, February 10, 2017 at 8:27 am | Permalink
  3. Iron Knee wrote:

    Jonah, that PPP article is great. We are only a few weeks into the Trump presidency and already America is evenly divided on whether to impeach him, his disapproval ratings are still increasing (more people would prefer either Obama or Clinton as president), 57% believe and trust the mainstream media while only 37% believe Trump, and the ACA is getting more and more popular. In addition, the popularity of Republican politicians is sinking fast.

    And as you mention, the fact that a majority of Trump voters agree with Trump’s Muslim ban because of the (imaginary) “Bowling Green Massacre” is hilarious.

    Friday, February 10, 2017 at 10:16 am | Permalink
  4. Ralph wrote:

    Opinions matter (more than facts these days, it seems) but it’s going to take irrefutably illegal and unconstitutional violations that hold up in court, and compel Congress into impeachment proceedings, to win the day. Of course, that would leave us with Pence, who presents his own unique brand of holy loon.

    Remember Allan Lichtman, the “Prediction Professor”, who called a Trump win (and every Presidential election since 1984) months before the election? I recently learned of an interview he granted CNN shortly afterwards, where he also predicted Trump’s imminent impeachment, given his shady and illegal business practices in the past which, as IK documents above, appear to remain firmly a part of his MO in the WH. Pence or not, here’s hoping the good professor continues to bat 1000!
    http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/15/politics/allan-lichtman-professor-predicts-trump-impeachment-erin-burnett/

    Friday, February 10, 2017 at 11:15 am | Permalink
  5. Ralph wrote:

    Picked this up earlier on a news feed, which appears to check out on further inspection, assuming Commissioner Weintraub’s own twitter account is legit.

    …President Trump has alleged an astonishing voter-fraud scheme that…would constitute thousands of felony criminal offenses under New Hampshire law. Allegations of this magnitude cannot be ignored…{therefore]
    I call upon @POTUS to immediately share NH voter-fraud evidence so that his allegations may be investigated promptly
    https://twitter.com/EllenLWeintraub?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

    Taking Trump to task on his relentless pursuit of Putin-like election numbers. The guy can’t even win gracefully. Interesting to see how this plays out, but at least another thorn in that thin orange hide, besides the one delivered by the court yesterday. Keep ’em coming, death by a thousand cuts if that’s what it takes.

    Friday, February 10, 2017 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

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