Early Thursday, Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, blatantly advertised Ivanka Trump's fashion line from the White House briefing room, apparently unaware of just how unacceptable this is. (Maybe it's OK in her alternative reality?)
Conway, who was appearing on "Fox & Friends," told viewers to "go buy Ivanka's stuff."
Reports NBC News: "I own some of it," Conway said, after calling Ivanka's merchandise "a wonderful line." "I fully, I'm gonna just going to give a free commercial here. Go buy it today everybody. You can find it online."
A clip of the transgression is circulating Twitter.
"Go buy Ivanka's stuff!" Kellyanne Conway tells "Fox & Friends" viewers from the White House briefing room. pic.twitter.com/noIhnVgcAk— Andrew Kirell (@AndrewKirell) February 9, 2017
"Go buy Ivanka's stuff is what I would tell you," she says to the camera with a wave of her hand. "I hate shopping, and I'm going to get some myself today."
According to NBC News, two government watchdog groups have referred to this rule while imploring the Office of Government Ethics to investigate the incident: "An employee shall not use his public office for his own private gain, for the endorsement of any product, service or enterprise, or for the private gain of friends, relatives, or persons with whom the employee is affiliated in a nongovernmental capacity."
“This is jaw-dropping to me," Don W. Fox, former general counsel and former acting director of OGE, said to the Post. "This rule has been promulgated by the federal Office of Government Ethics as part of the Standards of Conduct for all executive branch employees, and it applies to all members of the armed forces as well."
Sadly, it seems that Trump's promises to separate his businesses from the presidency are going out the window entirely.
The Twitterverse, at least, wasted no time calling Conway out for the misbehavior.
@AndrewKirell She literally just broke a law by doing that. When I was interning in the US Congress in college we had to be VERY careful— Over The Clouds (@TheEmerald_Lady) February 9, 2017
@AndrewKirell it's really quite remarkable how this has become acceptable behavior out of the nation's top office.— Daylon Deon (@deaconblade) February 9, 2017
According to the Washington Post, fair punishment may include suspension and loss of pay over a number of days. However, the White House merely "counseled" Conway without offering further comment, the Post reports.
What did we expect — real disciplinary consequences for a top Trump aide? That's rich.
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