FAKE NEWS: Breitbart Pushes Easily Debunkable Lie About Nordstrom and ‘President’ Trump
Fake News Innovator Breitbart Claims Falsely That Nordstrom Was hurt By Trump Tweet, Boycott
There’s very little that’s less presidential (or “unpresidented“, shall we say?) than a sitting US President openly endorsing or publicly shunning a private business for personal reasons. But that’s exactly what “President” Trump did on Wednesday, after publicly attacking the company Nordstrom for their decision to no longer sell his daughter Ivanka’s jewelry products.
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
Nordstrom reportedly made the decision not for political reasons, but because of a decline in sales for the product line. But that didn’t stop Trump from attempting to shame them, nor did it stop White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer from going after them yesterday, using a weaponized daily White House press briefing to try and bring down an American business.
And now comes Breitbart’s turn. Breitbart, a radical alt-right fake news outlet that dishes up daily propaganda for “President” Trump, joined in the anti-Nordstrom fray yesterday with a hit-piece claiming that the Seattle company’s stock prices were plunging due to Trump’s Tweet and Sean Spicer’s Press Briefing barrage, and whatever subsequent alt-right boycott allegedly exists.
In response to Trump’s tweet—and the ongoing boycott of Nordstrom’s for the company’s political decision to cut Ivanka Trump’s line—Nordstrom’s stock tumbled on Wednesday.
“Shares of Nordstrom fell from session highs Wednesday after President Donald Trump said his daughter, Ivanka Trump, had been treated unfairly by the company,” CNBC’s Berkeley Lovelace wrote on Wednesday. Lovelace’s piece notes that Nordstrom’s stock is seriously hurting this year overall, too: “With Wednesday’s drop, Nordstrom’s shares are down more than 10 percent year to date.”
Fueling the fire against Nordstrom’s for the decision to drop Ivanka Trump’s line is a boycott from women all across the country.
Of course, as is the case with most of the (s)hit-pieces they dump into the sewage bog they call a “news site,” Breitbart’s claims regarding Nordstrom are patently false and pathologically dishonest, because Nordstrom? Yeah… their stocks are actually doing better since the company dumped Ivanka.
Nordstrom stocks surged from a low of $42.33 yesterday to a high of $46.07 today, their highest point in the past month, The Hill reported a 4% bump in Nordstrom’s share price yesterday as well, citing Trump’s tweet in the process.
With Trump’s abysmal polling, it would seem that Nordstrom distancing themselves from Ivanka Trump’s business may have actually helped them more than it hurt them. But inside the right-wing bubble — the only place where fake news sites like Breitbart thrive and cultivate, like bacterial colonies — “real news” is whatever you feel like saying it is, and that means Nordstrom Inc. is merely a death-rattle away from becoming defunct. Is it true? Not even close. Will that stop Breitbart or others from saying it? Obviously not.
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Matt Terzi is a political satirist and essayist from Binghamton, New York, who has written for some of the most prominent satire publications in the country. He’s now moving into more “serious” subject matter, without losing touch with his comedic roots