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Thu Feb 9, 2017, 11:39 PM

NY Times - The Lesson of Nordstrom: Do Business With the Trumps or Else

Less than a month has gone by, and we are well on our way to being a banana republic when it comes to corruption.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/09/opinion/the-lesson-of-nordstrom-do-business-with-the-trumps-or-else.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-right-region®ion=opinion-c-col-right-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-right-region

It is a clear violation of federal ethics rules for White House staff members, or any other federal employees, to use their official positions for private gain. But what President Trump did on Wednesday in his Twitter attack on the Nordstrom department store chain, castigating it for dropping Ms. Trump’s line, was far worse.

In sum, Nordstrom made a business decision not to do business with the president’s daughter because her clothing line was not selling well, and the president used his official position to attack the company for this decision.

The president’s tweet — posted on his personal account and then re-sent from his White House account — is an act of intimidation. Nordstrom interacts with many executive branch agencies: the Department of Labor, the Federal Trade Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Internal Revenue Service and others. Each one of these agencies will be headed by Trump appointees. Most will be staffed with other political appointees as well. The president is telling all of these people that he is very angry with Nordstrom. The message is clear, and it won’t take much for a political appointee in some agency to conceive of an ingenious way of ingratiating himself with the White House by making life difficult for the store chain.

Most important, regardless of whether such retaliation actually happens, Nordstrom and the handful of other companies that announced they, too, would drop the line have to live in fear of it for the rest of the Trump administration. And now every other department store knows that it had better not make a similar “business decision” that displeases the president. In other words, do business with the Trump family and help the Trump family promote its products, or else.

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Reply NY Times - The Lesson of Nordstrom: Do Business With the Trumps or Else (Original post)
TomCADem Feb 2017 OP
CaliforniaPeggy Feb 2017 #1
raging moderate Feb 2017 #2
Cha Feb 2017 #3
Zambero Feb 2017 #6
ProudLib72 Feb 2017 #4
zentrum Feb 2017 #8
Buns_of_Fire Feb 2017 #5
zentrum Feb 2017 #7
briv1016 Feb 2017 #9
raccoon Feb 2017 #10

Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2017, 11:46 PM

1. My message to Nordstrom? RESIST.

It may not be easy, but it is necessary.

I don't shop there often, but I do support them as I can. This is important.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2017, 11:48 PM

2. We've come a long way since the days of Harry Truman.

And not in a good direction. Remember, poor Harry Truman, not used to the big time, was outraged when his daughter did not get the good attention for her singing that he thought she deserved. This is embarrassingly normal for any parent. However, our current president somehow has the power to do actual harm to people who fail to fawn over his offspring sufficiently to satisfy his parental delusions.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2017, 11:51 PM

3. But Nordstrom's is soaring in business I read.. so

the lesson to me is.. Better to Lose that Loser in chief and his damn family.

I know the threat trump was attempting to send.

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Response to Cha (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 9, 2017, 11:59 PM

6. Nordstrom does well because...

they don't put up with LOSERS!!!

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2017, 11:52 PM

4. I have a suggestion

Maybe this already exists, but we should have a list of stores that embattled by tRump and are resisting. I don't think it's enough to rely on a single news cycle to inform consumers which stores are anti-tRump.

I know we have the app for pro-tRump stores. This would be the opposite.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 10, 2017, 02:17 AM

8. Do far I think....

...Macy's is still carrying the entire Rump line. Father's ties, and Ivanka's copied-from-others shoes.

They're on the fence but haven't leapt, as I understand it.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2017, 11:54 PM

5. "I see you're not using Genco Olive Oil..." said Vito Corleone. nt

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2017, 02:15 AM

7. Great Op-ed.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2017, 02:20 AM

9. Didn't Nordstrom's stock go up 4%?

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2017, 06:06 AM

10. Sounds like something from THE GODFATHER, doesn't it? nt

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