Members of President Donald Trump’s administration have “crossed a very, very important bright line” by going after Nordstrom for dropping Ivanka Trump’s clothing and accessories line, “Clinton Cash” author Peter Schweizer said in an interview published Thursday
“They’ve crossed a very, very important bright line and it’s not good,” Schweizer said in an interview with the Washington Post. “To encourage Americans to buy goods from companies owned by the first family is totally out of bounds and needs to stop.”
Schweizer said that the Trumps “clearly” feel Nordstrom’s decision was based on politics.
“Whether that’s true or not, these marketing battles need to be fought by Ivanka and her company,” he said. “They cannot and should not be fought by government employees and the White House.”
Schweizer authored the 2015 book “Clinton Cash,” an investigation into the Clinton Foundation that accused the former first family of offering State Department favors to donors to their charity while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state. It reportedly served as a source for a preliminary FBI inquiry into the Clinton Foundation initiated in 2016.
Trump attacked Nordstrom for its decision on Wednesday, saying that the department store treated his daughter “so unfairly.”
My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 8, 2017
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday that Nordstrom’s decision was an attack on the president’s policies and his daughter, though she has supposedly removed herself from the company.
“There’s a targeting of her brand and it’s her name,” he said. “It’s still her name on it. There are clearly efforts to undermine that name based on her father’s positions on particular policies that he’s taken.”
And on Thursday morning, top Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway gave Ivanka Trump’s brand a “free commercial.”
“Go buy Ivanka’s stuff is what I would tell you,” she said in an interview on Fox News. “I’m going to give a free commercial here. Go buy it today, everybody, you can find it online.”
Nordstrom said that the move to drop the line was due to declining sales and was not political.
Schweizer’s book was funded by the Government Accountability Institute, a conservative nonprofit co-founded by Steve Bannon. It was heavily promoted by Breitbart News, where Bannon was executive chairman before he took a leave of absence to become Trump’s campaign CEO. Bannon is Trump’s chief strategist in the White House.
Trump cited “Clinton Cash” on the campaign trail as proof of his claims that Hillary and Bill Clinton “used the State Department to enrich their family at America’s expense.”