Yes, of Course Ivanka Clutching a Can of Goya Beans Is an Ethics Violation

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Four years into her father’s presidency, Ivanka Trump still loves to shit all over ethics rules meant to prevent government officials from abusing their offices. 


Her latest offense is an image she tweeted of herself lovingly cupping a can of Goya beans, a brand of she has almost certainly never thought about before but suddenly loves after the company’s CEO, Robert Unanue, praised Donald Trump last week.

“We are all truly have a leader like President Trump who is a builder,” Unanue said, according to CNN. “We have an incredible builder, and we pray. We pray for our leadership, our president.”

Unanue’s bid for free presidential advertising worked like a charm, of course. Earlier today, Trump followed his daughter/senior advisor’s lead, and posted a photo of himself on Instagram leering ghoulishly over a lineup of Goya products, his tiny thumbs raised in approval.

According to guidelines from the United States Office of Government Ethics,

“Executive branch employees may not use their Government positions to suggest that the agency or any part of the executive branch endorses an organization (including a nonprofit organization), product, service, or person).”

So yes, littering the White House with Goya cans would appear to be a clear ethics violation; one of many that Ivanka has amassed during her time as her father’s advisor. As Jordan Libowitz of the watchdog group CREW, or Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said in a statement:

“It would be hard for Ivanka Trump to argue that her post was in a personal capacity now. As for President Trump, unlike those who work for him, the President is exempted from many of the laws and rules we count on to enforce ethics in government. This administration has proved that to be a mistake.” You think?


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Back in the 1970s there was quite a hubbub over Jimmy Carter’s brother Billy hawking “Billy Beer”. Bear in mind that Billy was a fringe character who had no role whatsoever in the Carter administration, he was just a cheap huckster trying to cash in on JimmyMania, which was briefly a thing in this country. It embarrassed Carter to no end and everyone had quite a laugh at Billy’s expense.

Flash to 2020, where the president’s oldest daughter, who’s his trusted “advisor” and part of his inner circle, is shilling for a bean company because the guy who owns it likes her daddy very much. Makes me fucking sick how far we done fell. The entire world is at the mercy of these personal brand-shilling carny fucking hucksters as they openly and gleefully shit all over decency, decorum and just plain normal human behavior.

Nothing will come of it. Ethics and even laws mean nothing to these cretinous scumbags. Soliciting for daddy is all that ever matters and there’s no way Ivanka will ever do a single solitary thing that puts her future executor-ship at risk. I totally despise that no-eye-teeth-having (look for yourself, she doesn’t) father-humper. I love how her bid to appoint herself America’s Very Own Golden Princess failed so miserably. She’ll never be anything more than the favorite child of the most fraudulent man who’s ever lived, for what that’s worth.