We have all been waiting with breathless anticipation for Trump to address the terrorist attack by a white Trump supporter in Quebec against Muslims. So far, nothing has been forthcoming from the otherwise prolific Tweeter-in-chief
The explanation offered by counselor and purveyor of alternative facts Kellyanne Conway is that “He doesn’t tweet about everything.”
Trump might not notice Muslims murdered by a Trump supporter but he did take notice of the alleged mistreatment – and resultant diminishment of her profits – of his daughter Ivanka by Nordstroms:
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
Obviously, she is not pushing him hard enough. “Terrible” is Muslims murdered by a Trump supporter in a terrorist attack. If this is the help she is giving him, his administration can do without it.
Also terrible is Melania Trump’s assertion, revealed by her lawsuit against The Daily Mail, that she sees her current role as less First Lady and more “a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to get rich because of her new fame.
Trump’s fact checker, the Toronto Star’s Daniel Dale, noticed the moral ambiguity of Trump’s choice of twitter content:
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) February 8, 2017
“Perfect,” says Dale. He can whine about Ivanka but he can’t address Muslims murdered by one of his supporters. If that is not offensive enough, there is Trump using the power of the presidency to attack a retailer.
This prompted Norm Eisen, President Obama’s ethics czar and co-founder of CREW to tweet,
— Norm Eisen (@NormEisen) February 8, 2017
And yes, Trump tweeted this complaint from his @POTUS Twitter account as well. In his official position as president, he is complaining about a perceived slight to his daughter.
As President George W. Bush’s press secretary Ari Fleischer pointed out,
This is something a father would say. It's not the type of thing a President of the United States should say. https://t.co/1l24LouFP0
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) February 8, 2017
T.J. Maxx and Marshalls are also giving Ivanka the Nordstrom’s treatment, with the Times‘ Rachel Abrams tweeting the news that “Scoop: TJ Maxx/Marshalls told employees not to display Ivanka Trump products and to throw her signs in the trash.”
It is only a matter of time before Trump tries to destroy their stocks as well.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.