L.A. Nordstrom Shoppers React to Trump's Twitter Attack Against Retailer

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Danielle Directo-Meston

Shrugs, "so whats" and "stay out of its."

Shoppers at Nordstrom, the crown jewel of the tony Grove outdoor shopping mall in Los Angeles, on Wednesday had mixed feelings about President Donald Trump targeting the department store chain on Twitter over its decision to drop his daughter Ivanka’s line. 

As previously reported, the retailer cited low sales as the reason behind its move to not carry the designer’s fall 2017 collection, prompting President Trump to post on his favorite social media platform that his daughter was “treated unfairly.”

Shoppers who side with Nordstrom agreed that the retailer should keep its eye on the bottom line.

“Business is business,” said 25-year-old Nordstrom shopper Vanessa Paz. If the line wasn’t profitable, then Ivanka shouldn’t receive any special treatment because she’s the president’s daughter, Paz added.

Other Nordstrom patrons feel that the company should have stayed out of politics.

“I thought it was a little disappointing that they allowed themselves to get involved in the whole political arena when you sell clothes,” said one female shopper who preferred to stay anonymous. “I’ve never bought any of her clothing [but] from what I’ve heard of the line, I thought it was doing well.”

Nordstrom staff at The Grove told The Hollywood Reporter that remaining inventory from the Ivanka Trump fashion line was recently moved to the sale section. When THR visited the store Wednesday afternoon, three pairs of footwear originally priced at $100 to $130 were marked down to $60 and $78, respectively.

Shirley Mattox, 54, and a friend (who declined to give her name) both felt that the retailer’s move was unfair to Ivanka Trump. “It doesn’t look good on their part because they did it when [Donald Trump] was in office,” said Mattox, who was still holding a full Nordstrom shopping bag. “It’s not a good reflection.”

Other visitors at The Grove couldn’t have cared less. “It’s not affecting me,” said Niki, who visited the store with her young son and who preferred not to give a last name.

Another shopper, Lorena Mungia, shared the same thought about the Ivanka Trump label: “I don’t care because it’s not my style."