Trump not the first president to defend his daughter

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.

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Harry and Margaret at the piano

(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.

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4 Responses to Trump not the first president to defend his daughter

  1. fish says:

    I’m even getting….and I say this as somebody who was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt….a little tired of his schtick!

  2. Todd Juvinall says:

    Toady press secretary? You must have missed Obama’s guy.

    Of course all this is political. This is why business people don’t usually run any more and so we get a lifetime politcal class. I suggest you try it here and see all the forms and “perjury” statements you have to sign. The left is the group of boycotters of anyone who crosses them. Sometimes it happens from the right but for different reasons. So yes, all politics all the time on all issues. The modern democrat party and its ilk.

    • The Wall Street Journal reports that e-commerce sales for Ivanka’s brand fell 26 percent in January, and that the brand’s online sales fell 63 percent at Nordstrom during the last three months of 2016, compared to the year-earlier period.

      Was some of this a reaction to her father’s election as president? Of course, but retailers like Nordstrom don’t care if it’s political or people just don’t like her stuff. Nordstrom wants to stock merchandise that will sell.

      Strong brands with good reputations can withstand this kind of backlash. The conservative boycott of Starbucks doesn’t seem to have hurt its business at all.

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