Clear Violation of Trump Promise to Not Use Presidency for BusinessÂ
Kellyanne Conway Thursday morning used her position as Counselor to the President toÂ go on “Fox & Friends” and announce she was giving the president’s daughter a “free commercial.”Â
Conway was not on the Fox News set but was speaking from the White House and was identified in the Fox News chyron by her official White House title, as a video from Raw Story confirms.
“Go buy Ivankaâ€™s stuff, is what I would tell you,” Conway told viewers. “I hate shopping, and Iâ€™m gonna go get some on myself today.”
“Go buy Ivanka’s stuff!” Kellyanne Conway tells “Fox & Friends” viewers from the White House briefing room. pic.twitter.com/noIhnVgcAk
â€” Andrew Kirell (@AndrewKirell) February 9, 2017
Her remarks comes one day after President Trump attacked a century-old retailer who last week announced it was dropping Ivanka Trump’s line of women’s clothing and accessories, citing poor sales. The President insisted Nordstrom had treated Ivanka “unfairly,” while his press secretary later defended the president’s remarks, saying “as a father” he had a right to defend his daughter. Sean Spicer also insisted Nordstrom’s decision was political, and a direct attack on the president himself.
President Trump and his surrogate assured the American people and his family would not use the presidency to further his and his family’s business interests. This is a clear violation of that promise. But did she violate the law? (See update below.)
On Twitter, many reacted in anger:
Flagrant violation of federal ethics rules prohibiting use of your position to promote a private business. And she’s not exempt from them. https://t.co/1waiZ4XKcT
â€” Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) February 9, 2017
Let’s cut with the niceties:
this is insanely fucking unethical. https://t.co/n6XQIxVvpq
â€” Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) February 9, 2017
Elevating what conversation? You mean the conversation during which Kellyanne Conway sold Ivanka goods on television? https://t.co/48K977Hunf
â€” John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) February 9, 2017
Do you pay taxes? Congratulations, you just paid for a commercial for Ivanka Trump’s products. https://t.co/j4wVOK53D0
â€” Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) February 9, 2017
So confused abt Trump admin’s assertion that they’ve parted ways w/ Trump business empire: Kellyanne Conway on Fox: “Go buy Ivanka’s stuff” https://t.co/CYhVw8q7Dq
â€” Maeve Reston (@MaeveReston) February 9, 2017
Did kellyanne break government employees law when she said buy Ivanka clothes ?
â€” Debbie Kingsmill (@djkingsmill) February 9, 2017
Call Jason Chaffetz 202-225-7751 & tell him White house has 2 quit being home shopping centr Kellyanne Told people to buy IVANKA on Ntnl tv
â€” Janet Heinsler (@HEINSLERJAN) February 9, 2017
â€” Clem Lau (@clem_lau) February 9, 2017
Kellyanne Conway, a paid White House employee, pushing Ivanka Trump’s clothing line on Fox. “Go buy Ivanka’s stuff.” CONFLICT OF INTEREST.
â€” J.K. Polk (@KnoxPolk2) February 9, 2017
Harvard Law grad and ObamaÂ Deputy Secretary of LaborÂ Weighs in:
â€” Chris Lu (@ChrisLu44) February 9, 2017
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Highland Park Shooting Deaths Include Both Parents of Two Year Old Found at Scene of July 4th Massacre
On Twitter Sunday afternoon in the aftermath of the July 4th Highland Park mass shooting a photo of a young boy appeared in several tweets. He was described as lost, good samaritans assumed he had become separated from his parents in the mayhem of the massacre, and people were trying to reunite him with his family.
CBS Chicago reporter Marissa Parra now reveals the boy’s name is Aiden, but he won’t be reunited with his parents: both were shot dead by the Highland Park gunman.
Remember this little boy found wandering alone after #HighlandPark parade? We’ve just found out why… both his parents were killed💔
A fundraiser has been started for Irina and Kevin McCarthy’s 2-yo son Aiden as he grows up without them
— Marissa Parra (@MarParNews) July 5, 2022
“Kevin McCarthy, 37, and Irina McCarthy, 35, were among the seven people [who] were killed during the mass shooting,” CBS Chicago reports.
“We took him to safety under tragic circumstances, came together to locate his grandparents, and prayed for the safety of his family,” reads the story on a GoFundMe page hoping to raise money for Aiden.
“Sadly, I need to share his name…Aiden McCarthy. And he needs more of our help,” it adds. “At two years old, Aiden is left in the unthinkable position; to grow up without his parents,” it adds. “Aiden will be cared for by his loving grandparents, Misha and Nina Levberg, and he will have a long road ahead to heal, find stability, and ultimately navigate life as an orphan. He is surrounded by a community of friends and extended family that will embrace him with love, and any means available to ensure he has everything he needs as he grows.”
About $475,000 has quickly been raised with more than 7600 people contributing. The top donation is $5000.
‘Invasion’: Texas Lt. Gov. Likens Border Crossings to Attack on Pearl Harbor – ‘These People Are a Danger to America’
Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, a far-right Republican, is comparing migrants crossing the border into Texas to Japan’s 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor that killed 2335 people. He is calling it an “invasion” and says that gives the state the right to “put hands on people.”
Patrick, who because of Texas’ unique structure is more powerful than the governor, told Fox News on Tuesday, “we are being invaded, and if we’re being invaded under the constitution I think that gives us the power to put hands on people and send them back. Put hands on people and send them back,” he said repeatedly.
“These people are a danger to America,” Patrick said in a rant. It was unclear if he was referring to migrants or President Joe Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
The Lt. Governor, who has hawked the racist “great replacement theory” repeatedly, and used the term “invasion” repeatedly, told Fox News that Texas is now spending $4 billion annually on the border, while Texas National Guardsmen and Texas Rangers complain of being called up to serve, having to abandon their regular jobs, for no apparent reason.
“This is the biggest danger we have, to your family,” Patrick says of the fentanyl crossing the border. “It’s all on Biden,” he claimed.
Last week Texas Governor Greg Abbott drew extensive criticism for using the deaths of more than 50 migrants packed into an 18-wheel tractor-trailer as a political opportunity to attack President Biden. Even some conservatives attacked Abbott for his inhumane remarks..
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick repeatedly says the state’s declaration of an “invasion” of migrants means they can “put hands on people and send them back.”
He then says “we’re being attacked just like we were on Pearl Harbor.” pic.twitter.com/kmcPakR43Z
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) July 5, 2022
7th Victim of July 4th Mass Shooting Dies
Seven people have now died as a result of a gunman opening fire from a rooftop into an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois.
The latest victim succumbed to their injuries Tuesday afternoon, NBC 5 Chicago reported. Authorities have not identified all the victims, but have said five of those who died were adults. Another 46 people were wounded.
Police on Tuesday announced that the shooter fired at least 70 rounds into the crowd, using a “high-powered rifle” that is “similar” to a AR-15. They also revealed the suspected gunman planned the attack for weeks, purchased his weapons legally, disguised himself by wearing women’s attire to “conceal his facial tattoos and his identity,” and to “help him during the escape.” He then walked to his mother’s house after the shooting.
Law enforcement Monday evening arrested Robert Crimo, who they say is a “person of interest,” but he has not been charged.
“There are no words for the kind of monster who lies in wait and fires into a crowd of families with children celebrating a holiday with their community,” Illinois Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker said in a statement. “There are no words for the kind of evil that robs our neighbors of their hopes, their dreams, their futures. There are no words I can offer to lift the pain of those they leave behind. Please know that our state grieves with you, that MK and I grieve with you.”
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