Did the White House start off their Thursday morning with an ethics violation? That's the question many are asking after Kellyanne Conway appeared on Fox & Friends and encouraged viewers to "go buy Ivanka's stuff." Her statement came just a day after President Donald Trump tweeted that his daughter was "treated so unfairly" by Nordstrom in response to the retailer's Feb. 2 announcement that it would be dropping Ivanka Trump's clothing line from their stores due to poor sales. It's unclear yet how much of that poor sales performance was a result of Trump's election, the #GrabYourWallet boycott campaign, or an organic lack of demand for her products. Nevertheless, Twitter users jumped right in to ridicule Conway's questionable promotion.
The counselor to the president seemed to present her call to action as a feminist one, saying:
Conway later added, “I’m going to give a free commercial here. Go buy it today, everybody. You can find it online.”
Also found online? Many people who will decidedly not be buying Ivanka's stuff. Here are some of the funniest tweets about the debacle.
First, An Alien Reference
Some Apt Reaction GIFs And Pics
When Trumpsters go buy Ivanka's stuff and realize they can't afford Ivanka's stuff pic.twitter.com/gHyzLrTx9Z— Hiiiiiiiiii :) (@CulturallyAlive) February 9, 2017
"Go Buy Ivanka's Stuff"— Sophieeee (@iamsophiedawson) February 9, 2017
The White House, now a subsidiary of QVC...Kellaynne Conway on Fox: "Go buy Ivanka's stuff...I'm going to give it a free commercial here" pic.twitter.com/UdC0X5PeZD— Bob Marsdale (@BobMarsdale) February 9, 2017
"Go buy ivanka's stuff!" And America says... pic.twitter.com/gwrih8d5v5— (((merida montero))) (@Goodluckbeer) February 9, 2017
From Top Shelf To Discount Rack
"Go Buy Ivanka's Stuff" No really, it's on a deep discount everywhere— Valerie (@LaValerina) February 9, 2017
"Go Buy Ivanka's Stuff" Coming soon to a Goodwill near you! pic.twitter.com/JB9NNkiLhs— politicracks (@sillychiz) February 9, 2017
Remember When They Said...
Trump: If Hillary wins, the Clinton Foundation must be shut down. It's a conflict of interest— Edward Hardy (@EdwardTHardy) February 9, 2017
Conway (in WH press room): Buy Ivanka's stuff
“Go buy Ivanka’s stuff!”, from the same people who brought you: "check out sex tape."— AndrewColemanFrancis (@AndrewCFrancis) February 9, 2017
Sorry Kellyanne, I donated my last $5 to the Bowling Green Victims' Fund.— Ellen Garrison (@EllenTrailerDog) February 9, 2017
"Go Buy Ivanka's Stuff"
Ask not what your country can do for you— George Wallace (@MrGeorgeWallace) February 8, 2017
Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.
My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by Nordstrom
Nordstrom run by HATERS!! Sad for America. Buy Ivanka clothing on EBAY!!! By the way, clothing made in CHINA!!! Import tariffs delayed!!!— Steve Lopez LA Times (@LATstevelopez) February 9, 2017
Some Potential Solutions
Trump—stop whining about Nordstrom’s not selling Ivanka's stuff and just sell her stuff out of the White House gift shop. Done.— Touré (@Toure) February 8, 2017
I would go buy Ivanka's stuff, but I spent my money on protest poster board, markers, and donations.— Mikaela Slaney (@MalaySl) February 9, 2017
I would rather buy a 100 different mixtapes on Times Square, than Go Buy Ivanka's Stuff— Asha Ali (@ashaalis) February 9, 2017
This is at least the second time someone from the Trump administration has endorsed a particular brand and business. In January, Trump sent a tweet encouraging people to buy from L.L. Bean.
Aside from those responding with humor, some online are sharing pictures of packaging and labels indicating that items from Ivanka's fashion line are made in China. This fact is directly in conflict with Trump's insistence on buying American-made goods and taxing companies that bring manufacturing jobs overseas to countries like China. Still others are focusing on the federal ethics law that Conway may have broken during her appearance on Fox & Friends.
Despite the accusations, Trump's team seems unfazed. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer addressed the controversy surrounding Ivanka's business shortly after Conway's possibly unethical remarks, saying, in the day's White House press briefing that Nordstrom's decision to pull the line was "a direct attack on [Trump's] policies and [Ivanka's] name, so there is clearly an attempt for him to stand up for her because she is being maligned." The country will soon see how much Conway's endorsement will hurt or help the Ivanka Trump clothing brand.