We already know Donald Trump doesn’t care about laws that prohibit him from enriching himself off the Presidency. But now that attitude seems to have drifted down to his staff.
Today on that morning show full of eminently punchable faces, “Fox and Friends“, Kellyanne Conway broke Federal Law by urging people to buy Ivanka Trump’s brand. It happened while she was discussing the dropping of Ivanka’s line by Nordstrom, who said they did it because of declining sales. Other retailers like TJ Maxx and Marshall’s are following suit for the same reason, as it seems the Trump name is now so toxic now that nobody wants to buy anything related to it, even from his daughter. But Conway doesn’t buy that excuse.
Speaking to the hosts, she lashed out at the retail giant, saying, “I do find it ironic that you have got some executives all over the internet bragging about what they have done to her and her line, and yet, they are using the most prominent woman in Donald Trump’s, you know, most prominent his daughter, using her, who has been a champion for women empowerment of women in the workplace, to get to him.”
This is of course complete bulls**t, as no retail executives are bragging either online or in private about dropping the first daughter’s brand. Also Ivanka Trump hasn’t done anything for women’s empowerment except say it’s “important” to her. In fact by helping her misogynistic, sexually assaulting dad become President, you could say she’s done the complete opposite.
Conway continued on, violating Federal law in the process when she said, “Go buy Ivanka’s stuff! I hate shopping, and I will go get some myself today. It is just a wonderful line. I own some of it. I fully, I’m going to give a free commercial here. Go buy it today, everybody. You can find it online.”
The law she broke states, “An employee shall not use or permit the use of his Government position or title or any authority associated with his public office to endorse any product, service or enterprise.” Which is exactly what Conway did.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a non-partisan watchdog group, has already filed a complaint with the Office of Government Ethics. Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said in a statement, “The law is clear that public officials should not use their offices for their own private gain or the private gain of others. It’s hard to find a clearer case of that kind of misuse of office than we saw today. This is just another example of what looks like a disturbing pattern of this administration acting to benefit the businesses of the president’s family and supporters. Americans are unfortunately at the point where they have to question who the Trump administration is looking out for, the American people or the Trump family.”
Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform called Conway’s statements “a textbook violation of government ethics laws and regulations” and asked committee chair Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) to bring Conway in front of the OGE “for potential disciplinary action.”
Remarkably, instead of poo-pooing the affair and saying Democrats were finding scandal where there was none, Chaffetz agreed with Cummings and told reporters her remarks were “clearly over the line, unacceptable.”
Even the normally combative Press Secretary Sean Spicer didn’t have much to say about the subject of Conway’s lawlessness when asked. All he offered was a meek reply, saying, “Kellyanne has been counseled on the subject, and that’s it.”
Here is the video of Conway breaking Federal Law.