Trump Tweet On Nordstrom Dumping Ivanka Line Falls Under Inherent Parental Powers

1202996429_8991-3Another tweet by Donald Trump  has caused a ruckus back in Washington (I am in Guam for a speech).  Trump took after Nordstrom for dropping the Ivanka brand. While the store cited poor sales, 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!” Shares for the store chain dropped in value following the tweet and media began calling to ask for the legality of such criticism by the president. The answer is that it is perfectly legal . . . just ask Harry Truman.  While the scope of executive privilege is broad, it is not nearly as broad and plenary as that of inherent parental authority.  When it comes to a president and his daughter, history has shown that this is one power exercised by all fathers that is accorded sweeping deference and little judicial review.

If you think the Trump tweet was raw consider Truman’s letter to Washington Post music critic Paul Hume after Hume panned the performance of Margaret Truman.   Hume wrote that “Miss Truman cannot sign very well.”  Comparing Hume to columnist Westbrook Pegler (who Truman previously called a “rat,” Truman proceeded to say that he wanted to punch Hume in the nose and would likely kick the “frustrated old man” in the groin.  Hume was 34 at the time.

Mr. Hume:

I’ve just read your lousy review of Margaret’s concert. I’ve come to the conclusion that you are an “eight ulcer man on four ulcer pay.”

It seems to me that you are a frustrated old man who wishes he could have been successful. When you write such poppy-cock as was in the back section of the paper you work for it shows conclusively that you’re off the beam and at least four of your ulcers are at work.

Some day I hope to meet you. When that happens you’ll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and perhaps a supporter below!

Pegler, a gutter snipe, is a gentleman alongside you. I hope you’ll accept that statement as a worse insult than a reflection on your ancestry.


That makes the Trump tweet look pretty mild in comparison.


175 thoughts on “Trump Tweet On Nordstrom Dumping Ivanka Line Falls Under Inherent Parental Powers”

  1. If you wish to have a politician for President, you picked poorly for you got a man of the people with all his flaws but I look for him to keep us safe and able to keep our doctor.

    1. A man of the people, who bought political favor from politicians for decades: the very corruption the public pretends to be against. Yeah, sure.

  2. Love the Truman quote!

    As for Ivanka, I suspect she’ll join her brothers in managing her father’s development of property in the Middle East.

  3. Four more stores drop her clothing line?

    No wonder retail is having a tough time these days. Retail executives are alienating half of their marketplace, while forced to spend their advertising budget on 100% of the marketplace. In other words, if a chain’s advertising budget is 100 million dollars, executives are pissing fifty million of it down the sewer, not to mention huge losses in sales. Stockholders do not like that kind of executive insanity, so they sell, and stock drops.

  4. Companies are foolish to insert their leaderships’ political opinions into the marketing mix. Nordstrom, like many other companies led by wealthy, “elite” individuals with a Globalist, America-last, leftist-oriented agenda, has made thinly disguised attacks on the President.

    Nordstrom, for example, issued a letter to its employees well prior to making the announcement to drop Ivanka’s brand name products. That intellectually dishonest letter, disguised as pro-immigration screed, was intended to attack President Trump’s efforts to make America safe from terrorists.

    When companies make these political statements that I not only disagree with–but vehemently oppose–I end up boycotting their products. I’m sure I’m not alone. On the other hand, I also recognize that those who oppose Trump will feel compelled to buy those companies’ products when the opportunity arises.

    In the end, I believe that those companies will end up harming their own sales by alienating a powerful economic portion of the American public. And if their political games result in substantially lower sales, they certainly deserve it, as they have only themselves to blame.

    1. Jeeeez, what have you been smoking?

      Nordstrom dropped Ivanka’s products because they weren’t selling well.

  5. It may be legal but any sane and rational person wouldn’t do it. But wait we are talking about Trump.

    As to the Truman example….a false equivalency.

  6. Jonathan, your Truman comparison is a pure false equivalency. Truman’s daughter, one of the worst singers in modern American politics, I grant you, was never pushed by Truman at Broadway producers to get them to hire her. That could have been a moral equivalent. Trump who is maintaining full control of all his assets as though conflicts of interest don’t apply to him, is literally threatening a private company to buy product from his daughter. Worse, it’s product that isn’t selling. And, since he thinks everything is about him, this may be a situation where his preposterous misconduct is ruining the value of anything named Trump – which is a consequence he will have to live with for being such a gigantic fool. I mean, how dare the president of the United States think it’s okay to push business interests of his kids!

  7. Neither DJT or Ivanka have denied that sales have dropped. By the standard here. It will be impossible to make a business decision adverse to any of the Trump’s without risking public attack by the President.

  8. There is no equivalency here. Letters in the 50’s do not carry the impact of tweets in the 20teens . more important …Nordstrom did not insult Ms Trump, Rather they exercised their FREE MARKET options and dropped a brand that is not selling. It is that simple . Truman was wrong then and Trump is double wrong now. The stock may fall momentarily because Trumps financial backers probably have Nordstrom Stock, but the many hundreds of thousands of women who oppose his so-called policies…we will resume shopping there and at Haute Look again. so sales will go up.

  9. I thought Moe, Larry, and Ivanka were just brilliant like their father: who by the way is a very smart person, believe me. Can’t she handle her own business without daddy crying publicly?

    And doesn’t the board-game maker have better things to do, like watching TV?

    And kids are off limits. Adult children, however, who compaign and make media appearances and give speeches, are public figures like anyone else.

  10. Did Truman publish the letter to Hume? There is also the issue that given his platform and past tweets, his tweet should have been something like “Got Nordstrom to drop foreign made line-more room for brilliant goods made in America.”

  11. The value of Nordstrom stock has fallen because investors are in the market to make money. Any time I see one of my investments involve itself in political or social controversies, I sell. Maybe this will hurt or help Nordstrom’s bottom line over time, or make no difference. Who knows….But political trends are fickle and corporations who align themselves with political and social causes are putting their investors at risk. And yes, there are “social justice investors,” but I’m not one of them. I’m just trying to make enough money to comfortably retire someday, do some traveling, and not give a damn about snowflake issues.

    1. Brick and mortar retail is not doing well in general as Amazon is kicking it. Nordstrom’s was being boycotted because they carried the Trump brand which is made in China. Neiman Marcus and 5 other stores also ditched the brand. Glad to see Seattle based Nordstrom’s stood up and was willing to endure the wrath of the dictator. It will probably help them in the long run.

  12. Ivanka’s sales drop. Nordstrom’s stock drops. Only problem, the damage to Nordstrom is a hundred fold compared to Ivanka.

    Moral: Think before poking a gorilla with a stick.

      1. Don’t let the Trumps shut you up or lure you into complacency. This is not normal.

  13. I’m a regular customer of that department store. They are known to drop items that don’t sell well or that have had poor reviews or that comeback due to poor construction. They dropped Yellow Box premium shoes this year, too.

    Funny enough they should be praised because they brought in a new line of sandals called “Love and Liberty” to replace the failed brand. It’s made in the USA…eh hem. Indeed Nordstom is one of the few department stores that actually carries a good variety of clothing made in the states. Ivanka’s stuff, is not made in the states.

    Knowing this, Trump seems excessively piety. He would be wise to get about the business of pushing those slow walkers in his party to sort out the health insurance issue… I can start buying at Nordstoms again.

    Sorry, Ivanka’s brand isn’t worthy of Nordstrom’s.

    1. I buy my sister a Nordstrom’s gift card every year for Christmas. Going forward, I will switch to Bloomingdale’s. As for me, it doesn’t matter. I’m not a fashionista. I buy dress clothes at Macy’s and work clothes at Sears.

  14. As I hope you’re having a great time in Guam, I am listening to Sean Spicer as part of my commitments to my virtual network, The Daily Outsider…although it may be legal (and if I was in his shoes, I’d probably speak up for my child)–the idea that somehow this is not business and a direct attack on the President is far fetched–what’s next? It may well be legal–but is it right? We need a President that does not take things personally–as he also, for instance, attacked the courts as too political–which should horrify you and everyone who consider themselves Principled “constitutionalists…”.
    Safe Travels SIr–and thank you for all that you do….

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