Donald Trump encouraged his followers in a tweet Thursday to “buy L.L. Bean,” a move that could get him in trouble should he send similar tweets as president.
“Thank you to Linda Bean of L.L.Bean for your great support and courage. People will support you even more now. Buy L.L.Bean,” Trump tweeted Thursday.
Thank you to Linda Bean of L.L.Bean for your great support and courage. People will support you even more now. Buy L.L.Bean. @LBPerfectMaine
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2017
The Office of Government Ethics prohibits executive officials from using their position to endorse organizations, products or people, a regulation that President Obama extended to include presidents themselves.
“We strictly forbade this when I was in the White House for the President and everyone else,” Norm Eisen, Obama’s former ethics czar, told Politico. “How can you ask others to follow it if he doesn’t?”
Trump’s tweet followed a $30,000 donation from the granddaughter of an L.L. Bean board member to a Trump super PAC. The donation exceeded the total donation amount allowed for the super PAC, making it ILLEGAL!
Trump’s tweet did anger Twitter, who saw EXACTLY what he was doing:
@realDonaldTrump so now you're starting to advertise through your account????
— Christoph A. Karlo (@chkarlo) January 12, 2017
— Evan O'Connell ❄️ (@evanoconnell) January 12, 2017
Wtf, @realDonaldTrump? Is the presidency an ad agency now?
— David G. McAfee (@DavidGMcAfee) January 12, 2017
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) January 12, 2017
— Zack Pearlman (@ZackPearlman) January 12, 2017
— Ben Hooper (@BenHooperWrites) January 12, 2017