By Abigail-Lauren Meredith, Bird’s-Eye View –
Trump’s clothing line and that other major stores are following suit.
Why is this important? Because it has begun a national discussion on whether President
Trump’s business ties and agendas will impede his ability to be an effective leader of the U.S.
The public and media had this concern after Trump tweeted against Nordstrom for
dropping his daughter’s line.
If he had never tweeted or commented on it, there would not be such cause for concern.
Trump and his administration claim that Nordstrom made the decision based on a political
agenda and not due to sales, as the company claims.
So, here’s my take. Nordstrom could have decided to quietly and gradually phase out her
clothing line if the reason was a decline in sales. Instead, they chose to make it public which does
make it more a political decision than a business one.
This is not the first time a clothing line has been stopped in a store, but it is the first time
that it has sparked a national political discussion.
It is hard to separate Ivanka from her father, especially because of their close business
ties, but the point of the matter is that dropping her line did nothing more than dilute the news
and cause a political uproar that has distracted from the real issues.
Many are concerned that Trump’s business ties will negatively impact the country, but by
droppig Ivanka’s line, for political reasons or not, the issue was still not addressed.
The news media are not steering toward looking at Trump’s business deals; they are
debating whether Nordstrom was right to drop Ivanka’s line and if it was an effective way to hurt
Judge Jeanine Pirro interviewed analyst Cathy Arell on Fox News and Arell made the
claim that Ivanka was selling a pink dress she wore at the RNC by wearing it.
Ivanka was not selling a dress simply by wearing it. And why shouldn’t she wear a dress
she designed? Why should she be ashamed of wearing her own clothing line? And why is
everything a political statement?
There is a legitimate concern for President Trump’s previous business ties and how that
may play out in his presidency.
But that isn’t what the discussion is about anymore. Instead, it has digressed into
discussing, for hours on end, Ivanka’s clothing line and politicizing every single decision, word,
and even dress.
There was another uproar when Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president,
encouraged people to go buy Ivanka’s clothes. Conway hurt the administration when she said
this and further proved the point that we have gotten way off the rails of what needs to be
discussed in this country.
The news has become diluted and instead of dealing with the direct issue, such as
investigating Trump’s previous business ties, it has become fixated on Ivanka.
When the Ivanka story stops being broadcasted, we can get back to reporting on more
important and pressing matters.