The President of the United States has decided to use the power of his Office to coerce Nordstrom’s into continuing to carry his daughter’s clothing line.
Federal law prohibits a government employee from using “his public office for his own private gain or for that of persons or organizations with which he is associated personally. An employee’s position or title should not be used to coerce; to endorse any product, service or enterprise; or to give the appearance of governmental sanction.”
Thursday morning on “Fox and Friends”, in response to Nordstrom’s announcement that they are discontinuing Ivanka Trump’s clothing line, presidential aide Kellyanne Conway said, “Go buy Ivanka’s stuff is what I would tell you. I hate shopping, I’m going to go get some myself today,” she said.
How is this not a violation of federal law?
President Trump has sent several of his surrogates out to continue his attack on Nordstrom. Let’s be clear about what is happening here: the President of the United States has decided to use the power of his Office to coerce an American business into continuing to carry his daughter’s clothing line. It’s hard to think of a clearer case of corruption and abuse of power than that.
In a normal administration, the Justice Department would open an investigation. But this isn’t a normal administration, so that’s not going to happen.