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Thursday, February 9, 2017

If You've Lost Peter Schweizer...

Regarding #SoCalledPresident's attack on Nordstrom yesterday:

Members of President Donald Trump's administration have "crossed a very, very important bright line" by going after Nordstrom for dropping Ivanka Trump's clothing and accessories line, "Clinton Cash" author Peter Schweizer said in an interview published Thursday
"They’ve crossed a very, very important bright line and it’s not good," Schweizer said in an interview with the Washington Post. "To encourage Americans to buy goods from companies owned by the first family is totally out of bounds and needs to stop."
Schweizer said that the Trumps "clearly" feel Nordstrom's decision was based on politics.

Why is this important?

Schweizer's book was funded by the Government Accountability Institute, a conservative nonprofit co-founded by Steve Bannon. It was heavily promoted by Breitbart News, where Bannon was executive chairman before he took a leave of absence to become Trump's campaign CEO. Bannon is Trump's chief strategist in the White House.

Bannon is essentially one of Schweizer's "sugar daddies." Schweizer made a lot of money off that book:

Clinton Cash debuted at number two on the New York Times Best Seller list. In its first week it sold 31,000 copies and was also second on the Nielsen BookScan ranking for adult nonfiction. The book stayed on the New York Times Best Seller list for hardcover non-fiction for five weeks.
A paperback edition of the book released in 2016 made the relevant Times best seller list as well. According to Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard, the book sold approximately 200,000 copies, in hardcover and paperback as of July 2016.

That's a lot of scratch. Why would he bite the hand that feeds him? Something's up.

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