There has been a lot made about President Donald Trump’s potential and perceived conflicts of interest. While he campaigned on the slogan, “Make America Great Again”, it’s looking more and more like his intentions are not to make an already “great” country better, but rather to re-energize his and his family’s businesses, while attempting to gain power in a means never seen before by a U.S. President.
Sure, this may be a bold accusation and certainly there will be plenty of people who disagree with it, but Trump has continuously used Twitter to both promote his agenda as well as his family’s businesses, which he surely still has a hand in. Time and time again, we’ve seen Trump take to Twitter in order to attack companies and individuals who don’t do as he wishes, while promoting companies and individuals who provide donations, support and compliments toward him.
The latest episode came today. As many people are aware, it was reported a few days ago that Nordstrom had dropped Ivanka Trump’s clothing and accessory line based on the brand’s overall performance. Trump took to Twitter to demean Nordstrom for their actions by tweeting:
“My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!”
This in turn caused Nordstrom’s stock to abruptly take a dive, at least temporarily, and it caused quite a stir on social media. One Twitter user named Hank Green responded to the controversial tweet by saying, “Should the President of the United States be attacking American businesses for personal reasons?”
Another user wrote, ” It’s all about Financial gain of his corporation. In another words GREED!”
Didn’t Trump’s promise to America include the elimination of corporate greed and the ideology of helping the economy thrive? How are his attacks on completely innocent companies, which drive our economy, considered to be anything remotely close to this? The American President isn’t supposed to use his power to benefit his own personal and family wealth. He’s not supposed to issue threats to corporations for something that effects him personally. Whether you believe his businesses are a conflict of interest or not, his actions that include threats and insults to companies which drive our economy should not be taken lightly.
What happens when a company refuses to sell all American products? What happens when a store carries Trump parody merchandise? Does he use his influence to try and drive their stock prices down to the ground? This is not right! This is not America!
Not only is Trump acting unlike a President of the United States should, but he’s also acting in a way that ultimately is hurting his and his family’s businesses. In response to his unfortunate Nordstrom tweet this morning, another two retailers run by TJX Companies, T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, decided to drop Ivanka’s line of clothing and accessories as well.
“Effective immediately, please remove all Ivanka Trump merchandise from features and mix into the runs,” a note to employees read. “All Ivanka Trump signs should be discarded.”
While Trump may think that he can bully companies into doing as he wants, in the end it’s creating an effect where companies are teaming up against him and his family for the sake of doing what they think is “right”. No one, not even the President of the United States, can dictate which products a store chooses to sell, or why or why not they sell them. Trump has this ego which makes him believe that he can, with a flip of a switch (or sending of a tweet) change people’s opinions of him. That’s not how government should work, and that’s not how the American people will respond.