I will admit, it is hard to keep up with all of the stupidity and lies of the current administration. I decided that maybe it is time for something else than trying to cover everything. So, believe it or not I decided to pick the War On Nordstrom’s that the trump family seems to want to wage.
I decided to choose this topic today, not because of any family business or because of Ivanka. I really don’t care about Ivanka or her fashion line. Personally I don’t like it, but then I am an old man and I have more basic tastes.
I chose it because this is a perfect example of the conflict of interest that trump and his family have placed on us. It also shows that even his closest advisors don’t know the law and if they do know the law are very willing to break it.
This all started because Nordstrom decided that Ivanka’s clothing line are not meeting their sales expectations. According to the store, if a line falls into the bottom 10 percent of their sales, they drop the line an bring in new lines. Ivanka’s line fell into that 10 percent of the bottom of sales so they decided not to carry the line for this season.
Well, trump being trump that didn’t sit well with our beloved leader. He almost immediately sent out a tweet on his personal account, then had it retweeted on his @POTUS account. That makes it officiall government business and must be saved under the Presidential Records law.
His tweet read:
My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing. Terrible.
If trump and his administration would have left it at that, it might not have become the firestorm it has. But, here is the president of the United States using his position and his office to blast an American owned company for not carrying his daughter’s product line. Some would call that using “unfair business practices” in order to drive personal gain. That is illegal in many states. It is also unethical behavior for a president in any case.
But, it got even worse. Later in the day, the propaganda minister, Sean Spicer held his daily briefing. He was asked about this, and went way off the rails and said the decision by Nordstrom amounted to “an attack on trump’s daughter”. He said of the incident:
When companies take out their concern about [trump’s] actions or his executive orders on members of his family, he has every right to stand up for his family and applaud their business activities.
For someone to take out their concern with his polices on a family member of his is just not acceptable.
Excuse me, but since when is poor sales numbers an attack on trump’s policies? So, we now have a president using “unfair business practices” to pump up his own finances. I say that because we still don’t know how much of Ivanka’s company is owned by the president. We don’t know that because he refuses to release his tax returns to become transparent to the American People.
Then we have the propaganda minister blasting an American owned company and stating that they were personally attacking Ivanka because they don’t like trump’s policies. Of course he offered no evidence that was the reason for their decision. But, what the hell, facts are not necessary for accusations to be thrown around by this administration.
Then, to throw gasoline on the fire, Kellyanne Conway got into the act today as well. She said on Fox this morning that everyone should go out and “buy Ivanka’s products”.
I know, it sounds like a harmless commercial. Only, it is not a harmless commercial and it is a violation of Federal Law. People who work for the government are not allowed by law to endorse any products. Especially when speaking during official government business.
I am personally aware of this law since I served and I had to watch out what I said when talking about equipment I used. Brand Names were not allowed to be used because even using a brand name could be inferred to be an endorsement. Conway openly and eagerly endorsed a brand name in an official capacity and she violated Federal Law.
Now you may be thinking what does it matter? Well that is a fair question. But, I would ask you to look up President Harry Truman. Truman’s daughter was in a concert. A critic called the performance anything but terrific. Truman was incensed and wrote a letter to that critic telling him how stupid and lousy he was. The Republicans and the press went nuts over the letter.
So you should also be asking where is the Republican backlash abut this incident of unethical behavior and what does this say about the motives of our president. Is he really interested in making our country better or is he only interested in making his and his family’s profits greater? We have a right to know which it is.
These conflicts don’t end with Ivanka’s fashion line either. Another story you have never heard of took place in South Carolina. There is an abandoned building there that has a lot of rusting chemical barrels and needs to be cleaned up. This mess was the result of a company that was failing and needed to be bailed out. Our beloved leader bought out that company a few years ago to save it.
The South Carolina Law about cleaning up toxic sites says that a new owner does not have to pay for the cleanup. So, trump asked the state to clean up the mess since he was the new owner. He wants to redevelop the property.
The other night the state department for making such decisions said no. They said that trump and his company are responsible to clean up the mess. See there is another part of the law that says you cannot cheat the state if you had a connection with the previous owner in any way.
So, why would trump be responsible for the clean up costs? Because the previous owner was Donald J. Trump, Jr. Meaning trump had a connection with the “previous owner”.
Because our beloved leader refuses to even do what he said he would do and step away from his business operations, even states like South Carolina are being placed in a position where they are being forced to make decisions that directly affects our president’s bottom line.
There are a lot of other examples like the Secret Service being forced to lease space in Trump Tower and now the DOD needs space there as well. So, the Federal government is helping trump make more money.
As you can see, these simple examples shows that our beloved leader and his administration do not care about conflicts of interest. They do not care about ethics. They do not care if they break the law. They do not care about optics. They only care about making the president richer.
If they thought they could get way with it, I am sure they would put out a postage stamp with trump’s face on it and then charge the post office a royalty for every stamp they sell. Only, they would eliminate all other stamps for at least a time to increase profits for trump.
And, the shirts keep marching along.