Donald Trump has stirred up his critics again (not that it takes much) by coming to the defense of his daughter Ivanka, criticizing Nordstrom for “unfairly” dropping her line of products.
The upscale department store said it dropped her line because it isn’t selling, but Trump’s toady press secretary, Sean Spicer, is suggesting the decision had more to do with politics than business.
(My daughter, a member of Ivanka’s target audience who’s a Nordstrom loyalist when she’s in the country, tells me there’s nothing special about her line of clothing.)
Pops is being criticized for using the Oval Office to advance the family’s business interests, but he’s hardly the first president to come to the defense of his daughter. Take Harry Truman.
Truman’s only child, Margaret, was a budding singer when she performed at a recital in 1950. Paul Hume, music critic of The Washington Post, wrote that “Miss Truman cannot sing very well” and “has not improved over the years.”
That prompted her father to send Hume a letter (on official White House stationery, no less): “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!”
The two men never met and the controversy eventually went away. Both Truman and Hume lived to ripe old ages, and Margaret went on to a successful career as a writer of mystery novels.
Given Donald Trump’s propensity for creating new controversies, this one will go away as well.