by John Gibson
Trumpy offenses against the Republic litter the side of the road, controversies discarded as new controversies erupt from the orange man in the White House.
Yesterday you cared deeply about Putin’s relationship with President Trump, today that worry has been replaced by the President calling a federal judge a “so called judge”. Soon that steaming pile of contention will be replaced by another. Think back over the months of the primary campaign, which morphed into the general election campaign, which morphed into the actual Trump Presidency. The discarded refuse of Trump Outrages resemble the tons of garbage left behind after an anti-Trump protest rally. It’s the Trump Way.
So what’s the latest?
Trump Savages Nordstrom.
In your face. Boom.
Yes, the President has attacked that temple of Yuppie fashion, the Seattle based Nordstrom clothing stores.
Why? Because the Nordstrom brothers–all three–decided to dump Ivanka Trump’s clothing line.
The N brothers mumbled some feeble excuse about the routine replacement of some lines with others based on sales figures, which they say were declining for the Ivanka line. But we all know what’s up. It’s Seattle. The place is only slightly less liberal than Silicon Valley or Hollywood. Wait. That’s a mistake. It’s every bit as liberal, right down to the Asian sweat shop stitching in its oh-so-fashionable men’s and women’s apparel.
So yeah. Nordstrom dumped the Trump label because otherwise Seattle’s liberal community would A) cease shopping at Nordstrom, and/or B) surround and besiege the stores with anti Trump demonstrators so no one could shop at Nordstrom.
Not exactly a profile in courage.
But the controversy is something else entirely: the President of the United States attacked a clothing store–via twitter, which is his thing–saying “My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!“.
The Washington Post reported that “Richard Painter, a former chief White House ethics counsel under George W. Bush, called President Trump’s tweet about Nordstrom a ‘misuse of public office for private gains.’”
Mr. Painter added, ““I have never seen a senior administration official lash out at a particular company based upon a strictly personal grudge.”
Let me be the first to remind Mr. Painter that he has never seen a President like President Donald Trump.
Whine if you like. I’m betting he’s not changing, even if he says he will.
It’s just Trump and the reality is Trump will be Trump-y.