I was not born with a spoon in my mouth. Maybe a spork from Taco Bell. But I was raised to be an independent woman who could deal with my own affairs. By the time I went to college, not quite 18 years old, I could live on a budget, balance my own checking account, make business calls, schedule and reschedule my own doctors’ appointments, and basically live independently except sign my name to a contract. As for life skills, I had been doing my own laundry since I was thirteen, along with waking up to an alarm, managing my time with music lessons, practice, band and orchestra, homework, you name it. I did not have any spare time to get into trouble. I finally figured out as an adult that was part of the master plan.
If I had issues at school, my parents expected me to handle them to the fullest extent I could before they would consider getting involved. In four years, I recall one official visit my father made on my behalf. He had the notion that if he went to the school every other week, they would grow bored with seeing him. But if he never went, and one day he needed to, they would take him very seriously. And they did that day. Needless to say, I am incorporating most of this in the way I raise my daughter.
So when I heard that Trump had tweeted Nordstrom about discontinuing Ivanka’s line, most likely during a National Security meeting during which he should not even have a cell phone, I had the typical reactions, but then I realized he had inserted himself into his grown daughter’s business in a very public way.
This was obviously just a bad move. The president is calling out a private company regarding a business he is supposed to be removed from; his press secretary issues a statement saying, “He has every right to stand up for his family and applaud their business activities, their success. This is a direct attack on his policies and her name.” Oh, give me a break here.
“To reiterate what we’ve already shared when asked, we made this decision based on performance,” the company said in a statement. “Over the past year, and particularly in the last half of 2016, sales of the brand have steadily declined to the point where it didn’t make good business sense for us to continue with the line for now. We’ve had a great relationship with the Ivanka Trump team. We’ve had open conversations with them over the past year to share what we’ve seen and Ivanka was personally informed of our decision in early January.”
However, whether this is acceptable, legal, ethical, or even moral as president is not what catches my attention. It is if this is appropriate for him to do as a parent. If his daughter is old enough to run a global business, is she not capable of dealing with one company that has made a decision to discontinue her line? If so, let her. Trust her to handle it and keep your attention on the MUCH more important issues facing the country. If not, then why in the living hell is she running her own company?
Based on what I have observed, Ivanka is more than capable of handling herself. She should be trusted to run her business without Daddy getting up in the middle of it. That puts the entire country in it as well. Allow her to be an adult, successful or not, on her own. Let Nordstrom go, Donald. There were nine tornadoes in Louisiana and Mississippi the other night. Why don’t you do something “presidential” about that?