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2016 Postmortem

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Mon Jul 18, 2016, 08:27 PM Jul 2016

Trump backer speaking at RNC, billed as boss of 100,000, employs zero workers [View all]


Michelle Van Etten, billed as small business owner on official schedule, is ‘multi-level marketer’ of nutritional products who says she doesn’t have employees

A Donald Trump supporter with a primetime speaking slot at the Republican national convention, who is billed as a small business owner employing more than 100,000 people, is actually a “multi-level marketer” who does not employ anyone.

Michelle Van Etten was personally invited by the Trump campaign to address the Republican party gathering in Cleveland, Ohio, during a pro-business session on Wednesday evening titled Make America First Again.

The official schedule for the convention states: “Michelle employs over 100,000 people and is a strong supporter of Donald Trump, knowing his policies will support businesses all across America.”

In an interview on Monday, however, Van Etten said the billing was incorrect. “I don’t employ,” she said, adding that she did not know who wrote the text.

Van Etten, 42, works on her own as an independent retailer of products supplied by Youngevity, a “multi-level marketing” corporation based in California. Youngevity says that it sells hundreds of products such as nutritional supplements, jewelry and coffee.

The Daily Beast first reported Van Etten’s link to Youngevity on Monday, noting that some of the firm’s nutritional products are sold by the conspiracy theorist and radio presenter Alex Jones via the InfoWars website.

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