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Kellyanne Conway’s Ethics Slip Puts a Democrat Spotlight on White House

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President Trump’s Senior Advisor Kellyanne Conway is no stranger to controversy. She’s been in a constant battle with the media since Trump took office, famously coming under fire for her use of “alternative facts” and her “Bowling Green Massacre” example for tightening border security. But while her interviews have come under fire in the past, she’s never crossed any ethical lines – until now. Conway took advantage of a live national news broadcast to go off topic and specifically plug Ivanka Trump’s clothing brand. Is Conway in trouble?

How Does Kellyane Conway’s “Commercial” Affect the Trump Administration?

President Trump has been a lightning rod for controversy. Every executive order he signs and every candidate he nominates regardless of position causes arguments and debate between Republicans and Democrats. So when Donald Trump used his personal account to chastise Nordstrom for dropping Ivanka Trump’s clothing line, and then retweeting that from the POTUS Twitter account, Democrats said he went too far.

But the real fuel for their fire came as Kellyanne Conway stepped in to back Trump in an interview with Fox news. After an interview question came up about Ivanka, Conway responded with “Go buy Ivanka’s stuff, is what I would tell you. It’s a wonderful line. I own some of it. I fully — I’m going to just, I’m going to give a free commercial here: Go buy it today, everybody. You can find it online.”

Democrats went wild as Conway may have crossed a significant ethics boundary. Federal law prohibits public employees from using their positions to endorse any product, service, person, or enterprise. That includes friends, family, or people with whom the employee is affiliated in a nongovernmental capacity.

Democrats say she broke the law, while Republicans say that code doesn’t apply to her since she’s not an elected government official. Press Secretary Sean Spicer says Conway has been “counseled” after plugging Ivanka’s clothing line, but is that enough? The Left is out for blood, and Conway may walk away without so much as a slap on the wrist.

The real significance of the plug is that it gives Democrats a foothold on which to point allegations of impropriety and ethical violations. As a result of her actions, the White House will now have ethics committees and lawyers looking at the administration through a magnifying glass. How will this affect the president? Now more than ever people will be clamoring for his tax returns and to examine a full list of his assets to ensure there is no conflict of interest.

Watch the controversial interview from CBS Los Angeles: 

It will be interesting to see how the White House responds to the latest allegations of impropriety, but regardless of Trump’s response, or the outcome of Conway’s action, the damage is done and now Trump will have even more of a fight defending his actions to critics.

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  1. tyger13us

    February 10, 2017 at 12:58 PM

    Oh.. lets twist and spin this shit to fit your agenda too….. dont you ever give up… dont you have a life?

  2. Ron

    February 10, 2017 at 1:51 PM

    Give me a break! You think Trump hasn’t been under the magnifying glass? The Establishment has been challenging his every word once it became clear that he was a serious candidate. Every word? More like every gesture, every thought, and every motive, even if they had to be made up.

    • The Help

      February 10, 2017 at 6:16 PM

      Trump is the magnifying galss he draws attention to himself. Name another President who after signing executive orders held tham up like a grade school kid that just won an award. Trump lives for the limelight.

  3. samswede

    February 10, 2017 at 2:08 PM

    Much ado about nothing. It’s not like anyone died or lied about a video.

  4. AnAmericanRight

    February 10, 2017 at 4:02 PM

    If this is all the liberals can complain about then a Trump Government must be doing something right. Frankly I don’t give a damn. Conway has a right to say what she thinks and so does Trump. we have bigger fish to fry. I might go out and buy Ivanka’s clothes and i’m a man. lol

  5. RevIdahoSpud3

    February 10, 2017 at 4:14 PM

    Let’s tie this story in with Obama and Solyndra plus the dozens of fake green energy scams that are now defunct but served as payback to Obama doners but with taxpayer dollars, or let’s talk more of pizzagate or the closing of the Clinton foundation. There are other topics that have not been resolved. The capitalist is getting close to being an unsubscribe.

  6. Carol Baudat

    February 10, 2017 at 4:15 PM

    How is this any different than the Odummers going on Late night TV, SNL, Ellen and the Oprah shows?
    Or the Golf Courses Odummer played at? Free publicity for each of those…

  7. nodemonratfan

    February 10, 2017 at 4:27 PM

    May God bless our nation. It is a cold day in hell when democrats have the high ground on ethics! The DNC is the party of the corrupt and the connected for abusing the American tax payer. There has never been a more ethically challenged group than the Democrats and all with any amount of intelligence know it.

  8. The Help

    February 10, 2017 at 6:16 PM

    I do not believe that anything will come from this. It appears judging from all the questionable actions of many of the Trump cabinet appointments that in the past have easily disqualified nominees is no longer relevant hell even the replacement for Sessions seat Luther Strange is highly suspect so why is what Kellyanne Conway did any more of a big deal. Even FLOTUS is sueing the British News Daily Mail for $150 million saying a story they printed has negativly affected her marketability for commercial products.

    It seems right now that ethics, conduct and sound governance has left the building and the News Media could care less as well as the public. What the hell is everyone missing. Our government has truly become a Reality TV Show the news media and public wait for the daily controversy.

  9. jimbo

    February 10, 2017 at 11:06 PM

    DEATH SENTENCE FOR KELLY ANNE…I believe that Kelly Anne Conway should get the death penalty for mentioning ivanka’s Trump’s business on national TV. And because it’s a much more serious crime, I believe, that her death sentence should be carried out before the death sentence of Muslim terrorist Nidal Malik Hasan who was convicted of fatally shooting 13 members of our Military and injuring and maiming more than 30 others during the Fort Hood massacre on November 5, 2009….you know the one that the Obama administration called workplace violence even though Hasan had terrorist connections and was yelling Allahu Akbar as he was gunning down our Military heroes. Question is…since The Fort Hood Terrorist attack took place almost 8 years ago…,why is this Muslim terrorist still alive. Even more upsetting is that he likely has better health care than many of our brave Veterans do.

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