Kellyanne Conway is Really Sorry She Advertised Ivanka Trump’s Clothing Line


President Trump is sorry he advertised the LLBean brand.  Mrs. Bean was a Trump supporter and campaign contributor.  Donald knew that he wasn’t supposed to use his position as President to promote a business.  But …gosh!  It would be impolite to fail to say “thank you.”

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The problems for President Trump didn’t stop with LLBean.  He lashed out at the Nordstrom department store chain for dropping his daughter Ivanka’s accessories and clothing line.  Imagine the gall of Nordstrom in diverting the attention of the President of the United States from pressing matters of international concern, by having to Tweet remarks about the decision of Nordstrom to discontinue carrying the products of his daughter.  Nordstrom had the audacity to decide that the products of Ivanka Trump were not selling or profitable.

Trump has already broken with tradition by singling out companies for criticism, like Boeing, Lockheed Martin, automakers and news organizations, sometimes causing gyrations in their stock prices and prompting debates about whether corporations would tailor their conduct to suit a bellicose president.

The President of the United States took to Twitter to complain that “Ivanka has been treated so unfairly” by the company. He first posted the message from his personal account, and then re-sent it from his official White House account.

Nordstom has been openly critical of the President.  It sent its employees a statement saying that it valued immigrants and offered support to those affected by the executive order.  Imagine living in a democracy where it was death to your business to disagree with the person in power!!!!???

As if that wasn’t enough, the spokesperson for the President used a White House press briefing to promote Ivanka’s line of clothing.

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Conway told the American people “Go buy Ivanka’s stuff, is what I would say. It’s a wonderful line, I own some of it. I’m going to give a free commercial here, go buy it today.”

Larry Noble, the general counsel for the Campaign Legal Centre, a nonpartisan organisation based in Washington DC, immediately indicated that Conway had broken the law.  

“Appears Kellayanne Conway may have just violated ban on Federal employee using public office for endorsement of product,” he tweeted.

Katherine DeCelles, a Harvard business professor who focuses on ethics, said no White House leader in modern history has used their platform to hawk products.

“It’s unprecedented,” she said, “for someone of his power voicing his support or being against particular companies

 

Federal law prohibits public employees from using their positions “for the endorsement of any product, service or enterprise, or for the private gain of friends, relatives, or persons with whom the employee is affiliated in a nongovernmental capacity.”

The office of Representative Elijah Cummings, a Democrat and  Jason Chaffetz, a Republican and  chairman of the House Oversight Committee, are drafting a letter to the ethics committee to inquire about the appropriate penalty for Conway’s advertisement.

Cummings earlier called the plug “a textbook violation of government ethics laws and regulations enacted to prevent the abuse of an employee’s government position.” Chaffetz did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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The really offensive thing is that Conways remarks were made after Trump has engaged in a series of promotions and attacks on products and companies.  It wasn’t a situation where Conway was unaware of the potential ethics problem.  It was an “in your face” moment, where she clearly determined that she was free to say whatever she wanted.  While promoting the line she was talking about Trump policies, so the pitch for Ivanka’s clothing line was interspersed with political matters.

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14 thoughts on “Kellyanne Conway is Really Sorry She Advertised Ivanka Trump’s Clothing Line

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  1. I am a firm believer that Drumpf is deliberately trying to cause financial harm to Nordstroms and others and he just doesn’t give a damn if anyone knows it or not. He needs to get a serious slap in the face from the courts for denigrating them and individual jusges and then get slapped the other way for his unwillingness to abide by the law.

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  2. I’d prefer retroactive and mandatory abortions for all wingnuts, but, if forced sterilization was the prescribed method might I suggest using iowa junior Senator and former KGB agent Joni-“Ivanna Kuturnutzov” Ernst to do the honors? Just do not listen to her cackle as she gleefully castrates hordes of pi….wingnuts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkeZioNOYhI

    Do not listen to this. This is your last warning.

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  3. Trump was in a security briefing when he was Tweeting about Ivanka. The guy is so worried about terrorists, he drifts out during briefings on terrorism to sell his daughter’s stuff. Obviously, his daughter’s Chinese made products are more important to him than the security of the country.

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  4. It’s very amusing to witness those who swear they looove the free market express hatred for it when it actually works. I guess Ivanka, her Pa, Conway, and others think that because Ivanka is a Trump, these companies should continue to carry her products that are just not selling. I had an opportunity to purchase one of Ivanka’s dresses a couple weeks ago, but I passed. No way will I contribute to her wealth. I did purchase a dress from the site, but it was the product of another designer. When Conway urged Fox viewers to buy Ivanka’s products, it never seemed to have occurred to her that most of them probably cannot afford them. Oh, the irony!

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  5. I will save money by dropping all spending at ANY type association to trump and his corporate enablers. I will do without or I will buy elsewhere. Trump and his enabler/ liars must be held accountable for the damages caused by their rigged election. He must be summoned and in court to answer questions under oath.

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  6. I don’t understand why people aren’t buying Princess Ivanka’s Stuff. ™ It’s made in China, Bangladesh, and Vietnam by hand-picked white Christian pre-pubescent workers who recite the Pledge of Allegiance and pray to Jesus at the beginning of each 12-hour work shift. Every last one of them speaks fluent American. Before getting hired, each worker goes through an extreme vetting process that can last up to two years. The process is a state secret, but you can bet your ass it’s really really extreme. Even the process is extremely vetted. The workers don’t receive a socialist minimum wage, and there are no job-killing workplace safety regulations.

    Maybe the product line just needs re-naming. How about “Daddy Donnie’s Duds” or “Kellyanne’s Krap” or “Spicey’s Schmatas?”

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