Senior White House Advisor and daughter of the President Ivanka Trump waded into controversial and potential law-breaking territory on Twitter when she decided to endorse Goya beans.
Goya, the popular brand of latin foods, has been facing backlash since their CEO, Robert Unavue, appeared at a White House press event to praise the President. Unavue said:
"We are all truly blessed … to have a leader like President Trump who is a builder. We have an incredible builder, and we pray. We pray for our leadership, our president."
Many online vowed to boycott Goya, which of course led conservative political figures online to offer it their support. Ivanka Trump posted a tweet making it clear she was on Goya's side.
Many believe Ivanka Trump's tweet is a likely breach of White House ethics codes as well as the Hatch Act.
As any professional political figure should know, powerful government officials aren't supposed to endorse private companies.
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez weighed in on Trump's tweet with a Spanish phrase of her own.
AOC's tweet translates to:
"If it's Trump, it has to be corrupt."
Si es Trump, tiene que ser corrupto 💸 https://t.co/Ti3oxFO6oY— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1594781325.0
I’m so old I remember when a White House staffer violating the ethics rule against promoting private companies woul… https://t.co/fPK7kGJJKL— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1594780815.0
@IvankaTrump Why is a senior White House official endorsing a food product?— Kyle Griffin (@Kyle Griffin)1594779657.0
Trump himself also visited Twitter to give Goya his endorsement.
I LOVE @GoyaFoods!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1594423593.0
Twitter users were disgusted by the first family's obvious breaches of ethics.
@IvankaTrump You’re kidding me, right? No ethics left in this White House on issues big or small.— Joyce Alene (@Joyce Alene)1594780969.0
@IvankaTrump What is it with you people and holding things? https://t.co/pfede0MPaR— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee)1594779292.0
In this case, as in so many others, the responsibilities and consequences of office seemed like a secondary concern to the Trumps.
@IvankaTrump Shameless.— Tim Hannan (@Tim Hannan)1594779038.0
@IvankaTrump IVANKA: I love ethnics.— JeremyNewberger (@JeremyNewberger)1594778919.0
How to destroy a brand in minutes. https://t.co/09alqZtNPb— John Weaver (@John Weaver)1594781516.0
It's unclear whether Ivanka Trump even knew she might be violating the law with her post.
@IvankaTrump Dear @US_OSC I think you might have a hatch act violation here Signed An annoyed tax payer— File411 (@File411)1594779617.0
Of course, on Twitter, that was the least of her worries.
@kurteichenwald @IvankaTrump https://t.co/Kn7Urp2Lv4— Nurse Nina (@Nurse Nina)1594783191.0
Yikes. Mary Trump hired @ivankatrump to promote her book about @realdonaldtrump 😂 https://t.co/XPU8QIz7Nq— Private Joker, USMC (@Private Joker, USMC)1594807054.0
America deserves a Presidential family that cares about ethics.