Was President Trump out to hurt Nordstrom’s Department Stores after they dropped the Ivanka Trump collection, or was he just defending his family against a politically motivated attack?   Was it about money, or a dad defending his daughter? Nordstrom’s says it was just business.

"We made this decision based on performance," a Nordstrom spokesperson told NBC News in an emailed statement. "Over the past year, and particularly in the last half of 2016, sales of the brand have steadily declined to the point where it didn't make good business sense for us to continue with the line for now.

 

The President responded with this tweet:

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Some people say it reminds them of a time when another President gave a written attack in defense of a daughter.  It was December, 1950, almost nine years to the day of the Pearl Harbor attack, and judging by Democratic President Harry Truman’s reaction, it was just as big a deal.  That’s when Washington Post Music Critic Paul Hume wrote this review of first daughter Margaret Truman's singing performance at Constitution Hall.

There are few moments during her recital when one can relax and feel confident that she will make her goal, which is the end of the song."

"Miss Truman is a unique American phenomenon with a pleasant voice of little size and fair quality.  "She is extremely attractive on the stage. Yet Miss Truman cannot sing very well.  She is flat a good deal of the time, more last night than at any time we have heard her in past years, and  has not improved in the years we have heard her.  She still cannot sing with anything approaching professional finish.  There are few moments during her recital when one can relax and feel confident that she will make her goal, which is the end of the song."

Well, that prompted Harry to “Give ‘em Hell”

Dec. 6, 1950

Mr. Hume:

Some day I hope to meet you. When that happens you'll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and perhaps a supporter below!

I've just read your lousy review of Margaret's concert. I've come to the conclusion that you are an "eight ulcer man on four ulcer pay." It seems to me that you are a frustrated old man who wishes he could have been successful. When you write such poppy-cock as was in the back section of the paper you work for it shows conclusively that you're off the beam and at least four of your ulcers are at work.  Some day I hope to meet you. When that happens you'll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and perhaps a supporter below!  Pegler, a gutter snipe, is a gentleman alongside you. I hope you'll accept that statement as a worse insult than a reflection on your ancestry.

H.S.T.

For more visit the Truman Library. 

(Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

Nordstrom stock has been doing very well since the incident.

What do you think?  Angry father?  Abuse of power?  Both?